Carter-Riverside celebrates softball playoff berth
Burleson Centennial 8, Legacy 7
TCU signee Jacob Meador struck out 13 batters in 6 1/3 innings before being pulled after hitting the pitch limit and the Spartans hung on late to beat the Broncos in a District 5-5A baseball game on Tuesday at Legacy HS.
The win gave No. 20 Centennial (17-9, 10-1) sole possession of first place in district. Legacy, which is ranked No. 7 in the state, dropped to 22-3 and 9-2. The two teams will meet at Centennial on Thursday.
Centennial tacked on 5 in the 2nd inning, highlighted by a 2-run double from Dawson Barnes and an RBI double from Miguel Santos.
Payton Cathey recorded Legacy’s first hit in the top of the 4th with a triple, which was followed by a 2-run home run from Nathan Rooney. Cathey doubled in a run in the 5th to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Spartans cushioned the lead again in the top of the 7th with a RBI double from Seth DeLa Rosa and a 2-run double from Colby Stacy.
Meador was pulled after one out in the bottom half after throwing his 110th pitch. Matthew Daiy’s solo home run and Rooney’s second of the night, a 3-run blast cut it to a 1-run game before Barnes forced a pop up to left for the final out.
Carroll 10, Eaton 1
In a battle of last year’s 6A and 5A state champions, it was the Dragons that got the better of the Eagles to capture a district title for the 3rd straight season.
The Dragons (18-11, 10-1 in 5-6A), ranked as the No. 11 team in the state, scored 3 times in the 1st and 7th innings. Brandon Howell and Cade Manning had back-to-back RBI doubles in the 1st and Yanluis Ortiz belted a 2-run home run in the 7th.
TCU commit Cutter Sippel allowed 5 hits, 1 unearned run and struck out 4.
Benbrook 9, Western Hills 6
Tied at 4-4 in the 6th, the Bobcats scored 5 times to pull away and earn a win over the Cougars. The Bobcats improved to 17-3-2 overall and 6-1 in District 9-4A, a game back of first-place Castleberry.
Benbrook, which drew 3 walks in the inning, got the game-winning run on a single by Gabe Washington, and John Henson completed the frame with an inside the park grand slam. Henson finished with 7 RBI.
Henson drove in 2 in the bottom of the 1st, but Western Hills (3-4 in 9-4A) scored 3 times a half inning later, all with 2 outs with a RBI walk from Jacob Acosta and 2-run single from Edwin Loya.
Carter-Riverside 14, Southwest 11
The Eagles scored 14 runs on 8 hits to beat the Raiders and clinch a playoff berth in 6-5A, their first since 2016.
Paislie Holbert went 2 for 4 with 4 runs scored. Sydney Rodriguez and Asia Valle got 2 hits apiece, and Esther Dorado scored twice.
Keller 3, Fossil Ridge 1
Dylann Kaderka allowed 6 hits and 1 unearned run while striking out 9 and the Indians clinched the 1 seed in District 5-6A.
The Indians (25-3-1, 13-0) scored all 3 runs in the 2nd when Riley Love doubled in Tessa Galipeau and Caraline Woodall scored Amanda DeSario with a triple. Love scored on an error.
Fossil Ridge (4-9 in 5-6A) also scored in the 2nd when Bri Hamby singled in Bri Cryer. Dani Garcia struck out 4 in a complete game effort for the Panthers.
Lake Ridge 16, Summit 1
Kaly Gonzales and Ala Rosalez each homered and Chloe Jones struck out 7 as the Eagles defeated the Jaguars to earn themselves their first district championship in program history.
The Eagles finish the regular season 19-5-2 overall and 12-2 in District 7-6A and will enter the playoffs as a 1 seed.
Jones, who’s a recent player of the week nominee, allowed 3 hits in 5 innings. She went 3 for 4 from the plate with 2 RBI including an RBI single in the 4th.
Emily Olguin tripled in a run in the 4th and scored on Rosalez’s 2-run homer. Two batters later and Gonzales joined the party with her own 2-run blast.
Olguin finished 4 for 4 with 2 RBI, 4 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Gonzales drove in 5.
Timber Creek 12, Keller Central 9
Serenity Hill had herself a ball game, going 4 for 4 with a home run, 3 doubles and 6 RBI as the Falcons kept their playoff hopes alive. The Falcons improved to 5-8 in District 5-6A, a game back for 4th place Carroll.
Carroll visits Timber Creek on Thursday to close out the season. Timber Creek needs a win to force a tie.
The Falcons hit 4-straight singles to start the 6th, capped off by Baylea Myer’s RBI. Hill finished it off with a 2-out 3-run home run. Myers went 3 for 4 with 6 RBI while Allie Shaw went 4 for 5 with a triple and 3 runs scored.
Brianna McFadden led Central with an RBI single in the 4th and a 2-run triple in the 6th. Syndee Shelton added 3 RBI and Bailee Riggs went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored.
Flower Mound 1, Coppell 0
A first-inning home run from Bailey Brenek was enough for starting pitcher Kaitlyn Sadler, who allowed 4 hits and struck out 10 as the Jaguars clinched at least a share of the District 6-6A title.
Coppell pitcher Nora Rodriguez allowed 2 hits and struck out 6.
COACHES HIT MILESTONES
LD Bell 4, Haltom 1 Baseball
Micah Ford and Trinity Smith combined to allow 8 hits and 6 strikeouts as the Raiders gave coach Paul Gibson his 500th career win.
Tied at 1-1 in the 5th, Bell (7-2 in District 3-6A) extended the lead to 3-1 when Eli Ford singled in a run and later scored on an error. The Raiders added another run in the 6th when Colin Ruby scored on a pass ball.
Smith threw 4 innings and allowed 2 hits with 5 strikeouts.
Damian Bravo threw 6 innings and allowed 2 hits, 2 earned runs with 8 strikeouts for Haltom.
Mansfield 20, Grand Prairie 5 Softball
UTA signee Reagan Hukill hit 2 home runs including a grand slam and drove in 6 as the Tigers gave coach Jennifer Haltom her 300th career victory.
Kennedy Hardy added a 3-run home run and Macy Hamilton tripled and drove in 4. Zoey Johnson added 2 RBI and 5 other Tigers drove in runs.
The Tigers ended the regular season at 23-7 overall and 12-2 in District 7-6A, earning a co-district championship, and will enter the playoffs as a 2 seed.