Aledo rallies past Denton Guyer to reach 4A regional semifinals

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Aledo spotted Denton Guyer two first-inning runs, but the Bearcats bats came to play Saturday in a 9-4 series- clinching Game 2 victory at L.D. Bell High School.

The Bearcats (27-4) advanced to the Class 4 Region I semifinals next week, after pounding out 12 hits and scoring in all but one of six innings.

“This bunch of kids, they can hit the ball,” Aledo coach Jeff Lemons said. “The more they see a pitcher, the more they can kind of zone in on it.”

Guyer (27-7) got on the board first as Lauren Lindgren’s bases-loaded single put the Wildcats up 2-0. Guyer was in position to add to the lead until Aledo second baseman Rhylie Makawe made a diving catch to turn a double play and end the inning.

Aledo got one run back in the bottom of the first on Allie Arneson‘s sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

The Bearcats then manufactured three runs in the second. Allie Ramsey and Haylee Bowden each had two-out RBI hits before Makawe drove in another run on a dropped fly ball.

Trailing 4-2, Guyer rallied in the fourth. The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs before Aledo went to the bullpen, calling out Game 1 winner Lauren Craine to replace Tori Gore.

Craine walked in a run and then allowed an RBI single to Avery Williams, but the next three batters popped out, leaving the game tied at 4-4.

“I knew I had to hold them and just spin the ball,” Craine said. “I was just thinking ‘spin the ball and trust your good defense and rely on them.’ 

Craine held the Wildcats to a single base runner in each of the final three innings while her offense added insurance runs.

“I hate using clichés, but she’s got the heart of a champion,” Lemons said. “She wants the ball in her hands and wants to be the one to shut the other team down.”

Arneson and Makawe each added another RBI in the Aledo fourth to give the Bearcats the lead for good. Makawe finished with three RBIs. Bowden was 3 for 3 with an RBI.

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