Aledo rallies from 4-0 deficit to advance to state baseball tournament

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Tyson Mauser hadn’t seen a pitch against Monterey reliever Shea Nixon when he stepped in Friday night with two outs and a runner on second in the sixth inning of a tie game.

Mauser’s initial reaction was to be expected after he dipped his right side on the first pitch of the at-bat, popping up a ball high along the first-base line.

“I was mad at myself as soon as I swung,” Mauser said. “Then I saw it just kind of kept creeping away from people.”

The ball crept out of the grasp of three converging Monterey fielders and fell in for an RBI double that put Aledo ahead and on its way to state in a 5-4 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-three Class 4A Region I final series at Hardin-Simmons University.

With the victory, Aledo (32-6) earned a trip to next week’s UIL State Tournament in Round Rock. The Bearcats beat Monterey 6-2 in Game 1 Thursday night.

Aledo took a harder route to Friday’s victory.

Starter Taco Anderson cruised through the first two innings before issuing a one-out walk in the third. Monterey (32-11) then added another runner after a potential inning-ending double play was botched. Another walk, another error, a catcher’s interference and a two-run single by Branson Hall put Monterey up 4-0.

But Aledo came back in the fourth with consecutive doubles from Dakota Durant and Connor Duer. Luke Glover then singled to drive in a run and cut the deficit to 4-2. In the fifth, the Bearcats scored two runs — one on a wild pitch and one on an RBI single by Duer.

And while the offense was rallying, Anderson (7-2) settled down and retired the side in order the next three innings. Shane Mosiello relieved Anderson with one out in the seventh and earned the save.

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