Aledo’s softball team pounced on Azle mistakes to take Game 1 of their 4A Region I final series 10-2 Thursday at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School.
Azle (35-7) committed four errors along with several mental mistakes.
“We haven’t played like that all year,” Hornets coach Tracy Tadlock said. “We need to play like we’ve played all year.”
Megan Mason was a double shy of hitting for the cycle to lead the Ladycats (30-4).
Aledo starting pitcher Lauren Craine retired the first seven Hornets batters before running into trouble in the third. With Raelyn Temple on first, Bailee Carter blasted a home run to center field for a 2-0 Azle lead.
Aledo responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Haylee Bowden singled and then stole second. A throwing error on her attempt to steal third allowed her to come home and cut the deficit in half.
Aledo broke the game open in the fourth. Mason and Riley Sartain drew walks before Kadyn Kirkpatrick reached on an error to load the bases.
Alli Ramsey singled home two runners. Bowden then reached on another Hornets error that brought in two more runs. Rhylie Makawe followed with an RBI double before Allie Arneson’s sacrifice fly made it 7-2.
Aledo tacked on another run in the fifth. Mason tripled to lead off the inning, and courtesy runner Sammie Clarkson came home on a passed ball.
Mason wasn’t finished, though. She stepped to the plate in the sixth and launched a two-run homer to deep left field to make it 10-2 and chase Azle starter Makenzi Harris, who finished the night with nine strikeouts.
“The game plan was to come in and have good, smart at-bats,” Aledo coach Jeff Lemons said. “And any mistakes they made — we wanted to jump on them and take advantage of them, and we did.”