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Loftis strikes out 12 to lead Bearcats to 9-0 win over Azle

March 19, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

Aledo senior pitcher Calvin Loftis struck out 12 Azle batters en route to a complete game four-hit shutout as the Bearcats handled the Hornets, 9-0, Friday night in a District 6-4A contest at Azle.

The win lifts the state-ranked No. 8 Bearcats to 3-0 in 6-4A, while Azle drops to 1-2.

Aledo will continue district play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at home against Saginaw.

After Azle's leadoff hitter reached on an error, Loftis - who did not issue a walk in seven innings - retired nine batters in a row and 11 of the next 12. In that span, the lefty struck out eight batters, including striking out the side in the second inning.

"Calvin had everything working for him," Aledo skipper Ryan McCurley said. "To not issue any free passes definitely indicated he had quality stuff.

"He buried a lot of sliders on 0-2 and 1-2 counts, and he threw sliders for strikes when he was behind in the count. Anytime he can do those two things and have an exploding fastball, it will be tough to hit him."

Azle did not record a hit until the fourth inning, and one of the four hits Loftis surrendered was an infield singles.

Meanwhile, the Aledo bats were jumping. Hayden Hall led the Bearcats with three singles, and Zack Scott collected a pair of base hits.

The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead in the second when Cody Smith ripped a double to left that drove in Nils Smith and Sean O'Donnell.

Aledo crossed the plate three times in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Matt Bishop doubled and scored after a single by Nils Smith.

The next batter, Scott, lined a single to center that drove in Nils Smith and Jackson Ferguson, who was courtesy running for Lawton Rinker. Rinker had reached base on a single.

The Bearcats added three more runs - two courtesy of Azle errors - in the following frame to increase their lead to 8-0. The big hit in the inning was a solo home run over the left-field fence by Rylan Riney.
Aledo closed the scoring with a run in the seventh when O'Donnell scored from third on a throwing error.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Kerr at Aledo High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 10

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