High School Sports

Arlington Heights softball wins in extras; Nelson, Crowley baseball stun district champs


FW Arlington Heights 4, Saginaw Boswell 3

Jalee McDonald’s home run in the top of the eighth in Game 3 on Saturday sent the Yellow Jackets into the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.

“This is a great group of girls,” coach Mike Townsend said. “We got at least one more week – we’re just going to enjoy the ride and see what happens.”

Boswell (27-5-1), which won 5-2 in Game 2, scored in the second inning off an Emma Robertson home run. The Pioneers added another run in the third for a 2-0 lead.

Arlington Heights (31-2-1) scored three in the fourth. Jourdan Jacobs drove in Ashleigh Sgambelluri and the Yellow Jackets took a 3-2 lead on a Boswell error.

Boswell’s Julie Kennedy tied it in the sixth with a moon-shot over the left-field fence.

The Yellow Jackets will face Colleyville Heritage, which beat Azle 10-0 on Friday night.

Haslet Eaton 3, Richland 0

Ashlyn Walker broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth with a bases-clearing double down the right-field line and the Eagles won Game 3 of their area-round series.

“I was just thinking base hit all the way,” said Walker, who’s committed to West Texas A&M. “We had the energy and ability to do it.”

Eaton (27-7) loaded the bases on a Jaden Middlebrook single, Kenzlee Zaher double and Paige Tamayo walk before Walker, who also recorded three RBIs in Game 2, smacked a 1-1 pitch.

Maddy Wright allowed four hits and struck out eight.

The Eagles, who won 11-1 in Game 2, will face Denton Ryan in the regional quarterfinals. Ryan (32-3-1) swept Birdville 13-9 and 12-2.

Mansfield Lake Ridge 13, Dallas Hillcrest 1

Kaly Gonzales and Chloe Jones combined for six innings, three hits allowed and nine strikeouts to help send the Eagles into the 5A Region II quarterfinals.

Lake Ridge (19-5) plays Burleson Centennial (18-10), which beat Dallas Molina 21-0.

Maddie Munoz doubled and drove in a game-high three runs. Minnesota commit Mackenzie Denson had two RBIs and six Eagles recorded two hits.

Mansfield Legacy 23, Dallas Sunset 1

Sophie Hannabas went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and pitched a one-hitter to help the Broncos win a one-game playoff.

Legacy (24-4) plays Granbury (20-5-2) in the third round. Granbury swept Dallas Seagoville 19-1 and 14-0.

Jaycee Cook hit a three-run double in the first inning, and Haley Gutierrez and Julia Plasket each recorded three RBIs.

Brock 13, Merkel 1

The Eagles got three home runs from Bailey Wagner, Mattye Tyler and Kelsi Tonips to complete the sweep over Merkel and advance to the 3A Region I quarterfinals.

Brock (27-5) won 5-3 in Game 1.


Trophy Club Nelson 7, Allen 3

The Bobcats won Game 2 and 3 to knock off the District 6-6A champions.

Trailing 3-0 after four innings, Nelson (14-17-1) got on the board with a two-run inside-the-park home run from Beau Windebank in the fifth. Hunter Roquemore tied it with a single in the sixth and Quaid Tschetter’s RBI single to center gave the Bobcats the 4-3 lead.

Cade Hutson added a three-run triple in the seventh for Nelson, which won 2-0 in Game 2.

Senior right-hander Zack Brizendine pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two hits, one unearned run and sturck out two batters.

Crowley 4, Mansfield Legacy 3

The Eagles scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to win Game 3 and eliminate the District 10-5A champions.

Crowley (20-13), which won a play-in game on April 28 just to secure a playoff spot, won its first bi-district title since 2012.

The Eagles tied it at 3-3 after Legacy hit back-to-back batters and Sam Simmons drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Senior right-hander Matthew McCarty limited Legacy (21-7) to five hits and two earned runs. Crowley won 1-0 in Game 1.

Cleburne 1, Mansfield Lake Ridge 0

The Yellow Jackets and Eagles went toe-for-toe for nine innings, but Coy Sims’ two-out single to left field was the game winner for the No. 1 team in Class 5A late Friday night.

Cleburne (31-1-2) will play Dallas Wilson in a three-game series at Johnny Oates Field in Dallas starting 7 p.m. Friday.

Junior lefty and Texas Tech commit Willie Rangel went eight innings and allowed one hit with 15 strikeouts. Lake Ridge (11-14) pitcher Brandon Uhse allowed four hits with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Kennedale 11, Glen Rose 1

Senior right-hander Bryce Hackett threw a two-hitter and struck out 15 to help the Wildcats complete the sweep over the Tigers.

Reed Saenz went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Austin Crabtree added two RBIs.

Tyler Aguilar, Brandon Jones, Aaron Herrera, Cade Thompson and Hackett also drove in runs for Kennedale (22-6-1), which won 10-3 in Game 1.

L.D. Bell 2, McKinney Boyd 0

Senior right-hander Reece Gould allowed two hits in six innings and the Blue Raiders completed the sweep to clinch their first bi-district title since 2013.

Dylan Herd and Blake Empkey drove in runs during the fifth and sixth innings for Bell (21-9), which won 4-0 in Game 1.

Richland 8, FW South Hills 1

Kyle Housman’s solo home run and Colby Gray’s two-run triple capped off a four-run third inning as the Rebels completed the sweep against the Scorpions.

Richland (23-7), which won 7-1 in Game 1, scored four more times in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior right-hander Drew Henderson allowed five hits and struck out eight.

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