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Coming back from a 1-2 start in District 6-4A action, the Aledo Ladycats completed district play by winning their 11th game in a row to clinch a share of the district championship after a 12-0 victory over Mineral Wells Friday night (April 23) at Mineral Wells.
The win gives the Ladycats a 12-2 district mark and 19-10 record overall. The Ladycats will share the district title with Birdville. The Lady Hawks defeated Brewer tonight to raise its 6-4A record to 12-2.
The Ladycats will assume the district's second seed and face Little Elm in bi-district play, which begins Friday, April 30. Check this site this weekend to find out details of the playoff series in what could be either a one-game playoff or a best-of-three series.
Senior Sarah Simpson earned the win in the circle for the Ladycats. She allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out five.
The Ladycats scored two runs in the opening inning, struck for three in the second, added six in the third and closed the scoring with a run in the fourth.
Starting senior pitcher Calvin Loftis threw six strong innings and Ryan Conn closed out Mineral Wells in the seventh as the Bearcats defeated the Rams, 10-2, Friday night in a District 6-4A contest at Mineral Wells.
The win raises the Bearcats district record to 10-3. Aledo will play a non-district contest at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 24) at home against Arlington Heights. The first pitch will be at 1 p.m.
The Bearcats will conclude district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at home against Birdville.
Aledo scored two runs in each of the first, second and fourth innings to forge a 6-0 lead. The Rams came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the AHS lead to 6-1.
The Bearcats added a pair of runs in the sixth for an 8-1 advantage. Matt Bishop led off with a single, and he scored a batter later on a double by Lawton Rinker. Brandon Snyder came in to run for Rinker, and two batters later scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Zack Scott.
Mineral Wells scratched for a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Bearcats' lead to 8-2.
Aledo closed the scoring with two runs in the top of the seventh for an eight-run advantage.
AHS skipper Ryan McCurley called on Conn to pitch the seventh, and the senior responded by retiring the side in order, including a pair of strikeouts, to seal the win.