For four innings Thursday, it appeared as if Weatherford and Keller Timber Creek would never score.
But in the fifth, the flood gates opened. For both teams.
In Friday’s second game of the best-of-three series for the Class 5A Region I Bi-District championship, it seemed a carbon copy. This time, however, it only took three innings for the scoreless drought to end.
On Thursday, it was the Lady Falcons who were first to start the scoring, getting three runs in the top half of the fifth inning, but Friday, it was the Lady Roos who struck first and then held on for another one-run victory and the bi-district championship.
The Lady Roos now face El Paso Coronado in the area round. The best-of-three series will take place in San Angelo at Mayer Field, 220 Victory Lane. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Friday with Weatherford as the home team. Game 2 is at 11 a.m. Saturday with Coronado as the home team and Game 3, if necessary, will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.
On Thursday, WHS outfielder Courtney Cleveland’s one-out walk, Ashleigh Erb’s single set up a hit by Kelso O’Brien to load the bases.
Catcher Liz Konig put Weatherford on the board with a single to center, scoring Cleveland and Erb. With the go-ahead run at first in the now 3-2 game, Abby Cowans’ drive to right was misplayed by the Timber Creek outfielder.
By the time the ball made it back to the infield, two more WHS runs had crossed home and Cowan was safely on third.
Kayla Gardner’s sacrifice grounder then scored Cowan and the Lady Roos lead was two, 5-3.
O’Brien chalked up her fourth strikeout in the 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. The Lady Roos managed another couple of runners in the bottom half, but could not push home another insurance run, setting up some more dramatics in the final frame.
Weatherford boys play Thursday
Weatherford's varsity baseball team will face Keller Fossil Ridge in a one-game bi-district playoff matchup Thursday at Quik Trip Park in Grand Prairie.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and Weatherford will be the visiting team.
Tickets are $5 for adults; and $3 for students. Passes accepted include THSCA, TGCA, District 3-5A, and District 4-5A.
Quik Trip Park is located at 1600 Lone Star Parkway.
Weatherford ended the regular season Friday with a shutout victory over Arlington Sam Houston, 7-0. The Kangaroos closed out District 3-5A with a 10-4 record, which put them in a tie for the runner-up spot in the final standings.
Arlington High, who was a game ahead of Weatherford to begin play Friday, fell to North Crowley.
Brock defeated Ponder Friday, 11-0, to close out the District 9-2A season.
The Eagles’ Class 2A Region II Bi-district match is already set as Brock will host Godley in a one-game playoff on Thursday. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.
Brock’s Lady Eagles came from a 2-run deficit in the top of the third inning in a Class 2A Region II Bi-district playoff game on Thursday and advanced to the area round, taking the one-and-done playoff game over Whitney, 10-3.
Brock will meet the Tom Bean Lady Cats at a site and time to be determined.