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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, September 1

  • AHS VS Denton Guyer at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity VS Burleson Centennial at AHS; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at Chisholm Trail, 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 3

  • AHS at Gingerbread Jamboree at Denton; 8:30 a.m.

  • AHS JV at Burleson Centennial; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at Wylie Prep, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 4

  • AHS VS Colleyville Heritage at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity VS Noxubee Co. Tigers (Miss.) at Bearcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at CHANT, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 5

  • AHS at Chisholm Trail Freshman Tournament; TBA

Tuesday, September 8

  • AHS VS Richland at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity at Everman; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity VS Waco Methodist at TCA, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 10

  • AHS at James Smith Invitational at Midlothian; 8:15 a.m.

  • AHS JV VS Everman at AHS; 4 p.m.

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