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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.