Weatherford Sports

Lady Roos set to explode onto playoff scene again

Special to the Weatherford Star-Telegram

The Lady Roos get together for a pregame huddle before their game with Paschal on Friday.
The Lady Roos get together for a pregame huddle before their game with Paschal on Friday. Weatherford Star-Telegram

Take a closer look at the Weatherford Lady Kangaroos.

Their overall record is 10-10, but the more important record, the District 4-6A ledger, is 7-2. That puts them in great position to reach the playoffs for an 11th consecutive season.

The Lady Roos' only losses in district have been to league-leading Fort Worth Paschal, including 7-3 in Fort Worth last Friday. Otherwise, not only have they been defeating the rest of district, they've been doing so in overwhelming fashion, outscoring them 129-43 in seven games.

"Once we got everyone healthy, everything started firing on all cylinders," said Weatherford coach Ty Comstock, whose team experienced some injuries in going 3-8 in pre-district.

Shelby Kennedy had a week to remember for the Lady Roos, getting five hits, including a pair of home runs, a double and eight runs batted in.

In their 16-0 victory against Arlington, the Lady Roos banged out 18 hits, half of which were for extra bases.

ALEDO IN PLAYOFF BATTLE

The Aledo Ladycats are in unfamiliar territory, but they have been making a charge of late.

The Ladycats (12-9, 6-3 in District 8-5A) are not likely to win another district championship, but three wins in four games has them in position to finish second behind district leader Burleson Centennial (9-0 in league). Aledo entered this week tied for third with Joshua, a game behind Burleson, whom the Ladycats host next Tuesday.

Burleson won the first meeting at home 3-2, so a Ladycats victory in the rematch is imperative to move up in the standings.

"If we hit and play a clean defensive game, we are a hard team to beat," said first-year Aledo coach Heather Oakes. "We continue to focus on mental preparation and a positive approach to hitting.

"A positive attitude is everything. It allows you to be hopeful in stressful situations and ultimately creates the spark needed to push through and get the job done.

"My goal is for this team to make the playoffs and take it one win at a time after that. If we come out with a third state championship in three years, then so be it. No matter what happens, I'll be proud of these young ladies."

The Ladycats split their two games last week, defeating Joshua 9-5, scoring eight runs in the final two innings to overcome a 4-1 deficit.

That gave them a sweep of the Lady Owls in district.

They then fell 9-2 to Centennial, managing just two hits.

Megan Reynolds had three hits in the win over Joshua, including a double.

TOLAR LEADS LADY EAGLES TO ROUT

Cara Tolar had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in a run, along with hurling a one-hitter as the Brock Lady Eagles (22-3, 7-1 in District 11-3A) made short work of Rio Vista, 12-0. Tolar struck out 12 and walked three in five innings.

Mattye Tyler had three hits, which included two doubles, and drove in two runs.

The Lady Eagles travel to Grandview (also 7-1 in district) Friday for a first-place showdown. Brock won the first meeting 4-3 at home.

PEASTER GETS CLUTCH WINS

The Lady Greyhounds (13-3, 6-2 in District 11-3A) helped their playoff prospects greatly with a 6-1 victory against Hillsboro and a 10-0 shutout of Keene.

Bailey McKinzie hit a home run against Keene, driving in two runs. Rylie Melton pitched a four-hitter against Hillsboro, a key league win, and surrendered two hits against Keene.

The Lady Greyhounds host district co-leaders Grandview (Tuesday) and Brock (Friday) next week.

BOX SCORES

▪ Weatherford 16, Arlington 0

Weatherford leading hitters: Shelby Kennedy 3 hits, double, home run, 6 RBI; Erin Riney 3 hits, double, 2 RBI; Kayla Gardner 2 hits, triple; Sydney Johns 2 hits, double, RBI; Lindsey Franklin 2 hits, double, 2 RBI; Karley Horton 2 hits, triple, RBI; Sierra Hill 3 hits, double, RBI.

Weatherford pitching: Johns (W) 3 innings, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks; Allison Williams 1 inning, 0 hits.

Weatherford

<bullet>Paschal 7, Weatherford 3

Weatherford leading hitters: Kennedy 2 hits, home run, 2 RBI; Riney home run, RBI.

Weatherford record: 10-10, 7-2 in District 4-6A.

Aledo

<bullet>Aledo 9, Joshua 5

Aledo leading hitters: Megan Reynolds 3 hits, double, RBI; Kadyn Kirkpatrick 2 hits; Hallie Smith 2 hits, double, 2 RBI.

Winning pitcher: Hannah Andrews 7 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, 8 walks.

▪ Burleson Centennial 9, Aledo 2

Aledo leading hitter: Mykayla Stroud double.

Aledo record: 12-9, 6-3 in District 8-5A.

Peaster

▪ Peaster 6, Hillsboro 1

Peaster leading hitters: Baylee Chapman 2 hits, RBI; Taci Tatum double, 2 RBI.

Winning pitcher: Rylie Melton 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 earned runs, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk.

▪ Peaster 10, Keene 0

Peaster leading hitters: Allie Arnold 2 hits, 2 RBI; Katie Ruddy 2 hits, double, 3 RBI; Katy Mitchell 2 hits; Bailey McKinzie home run, 2 RBI.

Winning pitcher: Melton 5 innings, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks.

Brock

▪ Brock 12, Rio Vista 0

Brock leading hitters: Mattye Tyler 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI; Anarenee Beyer 2 hits; Cara Tolar 2 hits, double, RBI; Blakney Campbell 2 hits, RBI; Ashtyn McAda 2 hits, 2 RBI; Sydney Snow double, RBI; Bailey Ray triple.

Winning pitcher: Tolar 5 innings, 1 hit, 12 strikeouts, 3 walks.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

▪ Aledo at Crowley, 7 p.m.

▪ North Crowley at Weatherford, 6 p.m.

▪ Glen Rose at Peaster, 7 p.m.

▪ Brock at Grandview, 7 p.m.

▪ Millsap at Hillsboro, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

▪ Burleson Centennial at Weatherford, 1 p.m.

TUESDAY

▪ Burleson at Aledo, 7 p.m.

▪ Weatherford at Arlington Sam Houston, 7 p.m.

▪ Grandview at Peaster, 7p.m.

▪ Brock at Glen Rose, 7 p.m.

▪ Millsap at Rio Vista, 7 p.m.

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