For most teams, a one-game playoff isn’t exactly what they want.
But Weatherford head baseball coach Terry Massey said it’s what he was hoping for when the Kangaroos won the coin flip, and as the boys came to empty their lockers Friday, he had no regrets.
“I didn’t think our offense could hold up for [three games if needed],” he said. “We won a lot of ballgames this year we shouldn’t have [because of lack of offense] so we were fortunate to be where we were.”
Weatherford ace Beau Burrows was on the mound for Thursday’s Class 5A bi-district baseball matchup against Keller Fossil Ridge but three runs in support weren’t enough and the Roos fell, 4-3.
Both Burrows and Ridge starter Kenniel Rivera struggled in the first, each allowing two runs.
Rivera settled in after that, throwing 1-2-3 innings in every frame beyond the first, except for the third, where Weatherford picked up its only other run in the game.
The bottom of the third was just slightly better for Fossil Ridge (22-9), the only difference in the game.
Two walks set up three consecutive singles, driving in the tying and game-winning runs. Picking up the RBIs were Sergio Mendez and Austin Ingraham.
Rivera carried the load on the mound, going all seven innings and allowing three earned runs on four hits while striking out 10.
His counterpart, Burrows, also recovered well in the latter innings of the game.
Burrows allowed four earned runs on five hits while fanning nine Fossil Ridge batters.
Two Weatherford hitters smacked triples, Tony Rodriguez to lead off the game and Chase Zamarron in the third, both part of Weatherford’s two scoring rallies.
Weatherford (21-8-2) loses eight seniors but Burrows and a few others return. Massey said they will continue to work on hitting and offense as he feels defense and pitching are “outstanding.”
“They’ll do it too because they work hard but three hits a game won’t cut it in this district,” he admitted.
Overall, Massey said he was happy with how the boys played this season.
“They worked hard and did what I asked them to do,” he said. “Now it’s on to honey-do lists for me at home.”
Travis Brown also contributed to this story.
Lady Roos swept in area round
Weatherford was unable to get on the board in San Angelo Friday and Saturday as the Lady Roos were swept in two games, 6-0 and 11-0, by Lubbock Coronado in the area round of the softball playoffs.
Lady Bearcats advance
TROPHY CLUB — Aledo used a five-run fourth inning and held off scrappy Trophy Club Nelson for a 7-5 victory Friday night, giving the Bearcats a sweep in their Class 4A Region I area-round series.
“Throw out Game 1 anytime there’s a Game 2, because the team that didn’t happen to win Game 1 will fight their guts out. [Nelson] played their hearts out,” Aledo coach Jeff Lemons said.
Aledo won Game 1 Thursday night 12-2. The Bearcats (24-4) got off to a fast start in Game 2. Haylee Bowden led off the game with a base hit and came home on Alex Cook’s single.
Nelson (17-14) answered Aledo’s early run. Jacey Allen’s bloop single to right field allowed Angel Szymanski to cross home and tie the score at 1-1.
Cook knocked in another run in the Ladycats’ third to make it 2-1.
An inning later, the Aledo offense erupted. Tori Gore started the scoring with a single that plated Riley Sartain. One batter later, Allie Ramsey’s sacrifice fly sent Kadyn Kirkpatrick home for a 4-1 lead. After Bowden reached on a single, Rhylie Makawe tripled to add two more runs. Allie Arneson followed with a single to score Makawe and chase Bobcats starting pitcher Izzy Milligan.
Edie Fairchild entered in relief and coaxed Cook to line into a double play to end the inning, but the damage had been done.
Trailing 7-1, Nelson started to inch back in the bottom of the fourth. Cameron Conrad’s sac fly scored Ashley Silva to make it 7-2.
In the home fifth, the Bobcats rallied for three more runs. Three singles loaded the bases for Silva, who produced a run with a fielder’s choice. One batter later, Allen delivered again with a two-RBI double for 7-5.
Aledo pitcher Lauren Craine then retired the next seven batters to close out the game and series.
- Shawn Smajstrla