Brock girls rally to win series, headed to finals

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Being down 1-0 in a best-of-three series, the Brock Lady Eagles’ bats came to life.

Taking on Mt. Vernon in the Class 2A Region II in the regional semifinals, Brock won Game 2 in convincing fashion, 13-3, in Prosper.

The Lady Eagles found themselves in a must-win scenario after losing Thursday’s opening game, 7-2.

Saturday, Brock pitcher Morgan Ashmore went 4-for-5 with 5 RBI in the first of two games.

Brock faces Pilot Point in the regional final sometime this week. Date/time had yet to be set as of press time Monday.

Wild game allows Aledo to advance

It was the wildest game in Jeff Lemons’ coaching career, but his Aledo softball team survived the first game of the regional quarterfinal series and went on to sweep Burleson Centennial last week.

In the process, the Bearcats cemented a strong option in the circle with backup pitcher Tori Gore.

Aledo (36-3) faced El Paso Chapin (33-6) in the regional semifinals series over the weekend at Odessa’s Ratliff Stadium. Results weren’t available at press time.

Having not pitched in almost a month, Gore was called upon to work the Bearcats out of a jam when Centennial rallied from a six-run deficit in the seventh inning to take an 11-10 lead in the previous series.

“I have no idea what happened really,” Lemons said. “One minute, we were cruising and the next we got swept up in the moment and the lead was gone.”

Lauren Craine has been Aledo’s ace throughout the season and Lemons said he felt like he wanted to give her maximum rest for a potential Game 3. So he asked Gore to take the ball and she delivered with a three-hit, 7-2 win.

Lemons said he wasn’t surprised by the effort.

“She’s the reason we did so well early in tournament play,” he said. “Lauren can’t pitch every game so Tori had to put things on her shoulders and she did.”

- Kevin Casas

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