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Ladycats, Bearcats to face strong opponents in playoff series

May 7, 2014 by Tony Eierdam

Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo pitchers Chris Reed (shown above) and Taco Anderson each threw shutouts in playoff wins last week. The Bearcats will face Wichita Falls in an area series, while the Aledo Ladycats will face Denton Guyer in a regional quarterfinal series. Both series begin Thursday.
Both the Aledo Ladycats softball team and Bearcats baseball team will continue Class 4A, Region I playoff action on Thursday.
The Ladycats and Guyer will square off in a best-of-3 regional quarterfinals series that begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at L.D. Bell High School. Game two will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at L.D. Bell, with game three, if necessary, to be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at L.D. Bell.
The Bearcats have yet to allow a run in the playoffs and will face Wichita Falls High School in a best-of-3 area playoff series.
Game one will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls, with game two set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Aledo High School baseball field. Game three, if necessary, will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Wells High School.
Ladycats head coach Jeff Lemons expects a close series between two good teams.
“Guyer is solid all around,” he said “They are well coached by Keith Medford, a coach I really respect, and he does a good job with them. They have a good pitcher (Shayne Starkey) and they play good defense.
“Offensively, they have speed and power, and they can hurt you if you make a mistake. We have played solid defense all year, and we will have to continue to do so to win this series.”
The Ladycats and Guyer have a recent history. Guyer took a tournament game from the Ladycats last year, but in the second round of the playoffs in 2013 Aledo swept Guyer, 2-0, 5-4.
“We are going to have to put the ball in play and be smart on the base paths,” Lemons said. “We have to take advantage of them if they do make a mistake.”
The winner of the series will play the winner of the regional quarterfinal series between Wolfforth Frenship and Canyon Randall.
Bearcats head coach Chad Berry feels his pitching staff will have a challenge against Wichita Falls, the champion out of District 5-4A.
“Old High has good pitching, good hitting, and they do a good job of executing their small ball,” he said. “They can score by hitting or manufacturing runs. They have a pretty solid batting order from top to bottom.”
Barry feels his staff can handle the Coyotes.
“We have had a really deep pitching staff this season,” he said. “Our pitchers have really been our strong point all season long. They do an exceptional job of keeping us in positions to win a lot of games.
“I was really pleased with both pitchers (Chris Reed, Taco Anderson) who pitched in the last series. I thought Chris pitched well, but is capable of being better than he was last Thursday (May 1 in a 6-0 win over Crowley). He came out a little wild, but settled in as the game went on, and seemed to become stronger throughout the night.
“(On May 2) Taco had a really nice outing. He seemed to have good command of his off-speed pitches as well as being able to locate his fastball. That was really nice to see.
“We hit the ball really well last series, and will need to continue to do so to continue having success in the playoffs.
“I was really pleased with how we didn't seem to give away many at bats. I know we had a couple of two out extra base hits, followed up by a single to drive in a run with two outs. Those things are important in the playoffs.
“Runs will become harder to score series by series, and so you have got to take full advantage and get the timely hits when you have runners in scoring position. I was really pleased with our approach at the plate overall as a team. This next series will be much tougher than the last. Should be two good pitching staffs going at it.”
The winner of the series will play the winner of the area series between Birdville and Burleson Centennial.

Sports Calendar

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

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

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