Longhorns, Lady Dragons notch diamond victories
COLEMAN — The Early Lady Horns clinched at least a share of the District 6-3A softball championship with Thursday's 20-0 road victory over the Coleman Bluekatts.
With two district games remaining, the Lady Horns (21-6, 8-0) possess a two-game lead over Comanche (18-7, 6-2).
Early belted three home runs overall and scored 13 runs in the fourth inning alone en route to the blowout victory.
Sydnee Shea and Makayla Deleon both ripped two-run home runs during the fourth inning while Parker Smith added a three-run shot in the fifth.
The Lady Horns led 2-0 after one inning on a two-RBI single by Ashlyn Kirby that scored Smith and Deleon, who both walked.
Early increased the lead to 3-0 in the third as Gabby Constancia bunted home Emma Loven.
In the third, Shaunna Kay Connelly singled in the fourth run as Kirby led off the inning with a double.
Along with the two home runs in the fourth inning, Vance-Cady Gordon chipped in a three-RBI single.
The Lady Horns visit Dublin at 5 p.m. Tuesday and host Comanche in the home finale at 5 p.m. Friday.
Longhorns 11, Coleman 4
COLEMAN — The Early Longhorns own a stranglehold on second place in the District 6-3A baseball standings following Thursday's 11-4 road victory over the Coleman Bluecats.
With two district contests remaining, the Longhorns (14-9, 6-2) trail first-place Comanche (16-6 8-0) by a pair of games and lead third-place Brady (10-11, 4-4) and Dublin (8-10, 4-4) by two.
Early tallied single runs in the first and second innings, two more in the fourth, then put the game away in the sixth with five addtional runs, opening a 9-0 lead.
The Longhorns generated eight hits — two each by Kylar Mercer and Christian Alcorta and one apiece from Tristan Horton, Trace Evans, C.J. Hanley and Jesson Tarrant — drew seven walks and capitalized on six Coleman (3-14, 1-7) errors. Mercer tripled and drove in three RBIs, Alcorta and Horton added two RBIs each and Evans knocked in a run as well.
On the mound, Horton went the distance, allowing four runs — none earned — on five hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
The Longhorns travel to Dublin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and welcome Comanche at 7 p.m. Friday.
Lady Dragons 11, Dublin 1
BANGS — The Bangs Lady Dragons halted a two-game skid in District 6-3A softball action with Thursday's 11-1 victory over Dublin.
Bangs (18-7, 5-3) remained in third place in the 6-3A standings, one game behind second-place Comanche (18-7, 6-2), with a Tuesday home date against Brady and a Friday road trip to Coleman left on the schedule.
Erin Anderson picked up the win in the circle, while Sydnee Horton belted a home run and Vanessa Perez chipped in a triple and a double for the Lady Dragons.
Dublin 11, Dragons 1
BANGS — The Bangs Dragons were officially eliminated from postseason contention Thursday night, suffering an 11-1 loss to Dublin, which avenged an earlier District 6-3A baseball defeat.
Bangs slipped to 1-7 in district action, and 3-16 overall, with two games remaining at home against Brady Tuesday and at Coleman Friday. Dublin improved to 4-4 in league play and 8-10 for the season.
Further information on the game was unavailable.