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Aledo senior pitcher Ryan Talley allowed one hit and struck out 13 to lead the state-ranked No. 8 Bearcats to a 6-0 victory over Boswell Wednesday night in a District 6-4A contest at Boswell.
The Bearcats will take a break from district play and will face Midlothian at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 18) at The Ballpark In Arlington. Admission is free.
Aledo will continue district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Azle.
Talley - who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning - allowed seven walks and hit one batter. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a strikeout. Talley finished off four of seven frames with inning-ending strikeouts.
Boswell's Gene Ramirez broke up the no-hitter with a clean, line-drive single to left field with no outs and a runner on in the seventh. However, Talley retired the next three batters to preserve the shutout.
Aledo scored three runs in the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead by taking advantage of a pair of Boswell errors to go along with an extra-base hit. The big hit in the inning was a RBI double by senior left fielder Nils Smith.
The Bearcats closed the scoring with three runs in the fourth. Senior first baseman Asher Zeeb drove in a run with a bunt single, and Sean O'Donnell scored from third base later in the frame on a wild pitch.
The final AHS run was scored when Hayden Hall hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Zeeb.
For the complete story, and for comments from head coach Ryan McCurley and Talley, please see the March 19 issue of The Community News.