EARLY — The Early Lady Horns kept pace in the District 6-3A softball race, remaining one game back of league co-leaders Eastland and Comanche with Friday's 17-9 home victory over Cisco.
Clinging to an 8-7 advantage through four innings, the Lady Horns (21-5, 8-2) erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Early finished with 16 hits compared to 17 for Cisco (8-13, 2-7), which left six base runners stranded.
Sydnee Shea and Laiken Reagan both compiled four hits, including a pair of doubles and two RBI, to pace the Lady Horns' offense. Kailee Love drove in three runs and tripled, Vance Cady Gordon finished with two hits and an RBI, and one hit apiece came from Taylor Summers, Alexa Portillo, Emma Connelly, Jenna Whitehead and Emma Loven — who drove in a run.
In the circle, Reagan went the distance with nine earned runs and 17 hits allowed, while tallying three strikeouts and one walk.
The Lady Horns will visit Bangs at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Dragons 5, Comanche 2
COMANCHE — The Bangs Dragons moved into sole possession of fourth place in the District 6-3A baseball standings with a 5-2 road triumph over Comanche Friday.
Bangs (7-9, 4-4) trailed Comanche (6-12, 2-6) by a 2-1 count heading to the top of the seventh inning, where the Dragons scored four runs.
The Dragons finished with six hits as Payton Bible and Brayton Wedeman each finished with one and a pair of RBIs. Austin Hall, Corbin Freeland, Eli Carbajal and Angel Aries — who added an RBI — contributed hits as well.
On the mound, Wedeman worked 2.1 innings and gave up one earned run on one hit with two walks and a pair of strikeouts. Carbajal pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, yielding four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Bangs — which now leads Hamilton (8-7, 3-5) and Dublin (6-8, 3-5) by a full game in the district standings — hosts Early at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Cisco 6, Longhorns 1
EARLY — The Early Longhorns' six-game win streak came to an end Friday night as the Cisco Loboes completed a District 6-3A sweep with a 6-1 victory.
Early (9-6, 6-2), which dropped its league opener at Cisco (12-2, 7-1) by a 5-4 count on March 11, mustered its only run of the rematch in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cisco grabbed a 3-0 advantage in the third inning and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
The Longhorns generated seven hits — two by Aiden Frerichs and one each from Jesson Tarrant, who accounted for the lone RBI, Jadyn Lehde, Tyson Tyler, Rode Walters and Boston Hudson, who tripled.
On the mound, Frerichs tossed four innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Kyle Ivy pitched three innings and gave up one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.
The Longhorns visit Bangs at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Comanche 10, Lady Dragons 0
COMANCHE — The Bangs Lady Dragons were unable to knock the Comanche Maidens out of their share of the District 6-3A softball lead, falling 10-0 Friday on a two-hitter by Chloe Williams.
Bangs (9-14, 4-6) mustered a pair of singles — by Kialie Dodson and Sydney Horton — and drew three walks — by Serenity Hyles, Kenzie Hughes and Dodson — against Williams, who struck out six.
Comanche (15-6, 9-1) finished with seven earned runs and 13 hits against Dodson, who walked one and fanned two. Williams also led the Maiden offense with three hits, including two triples, and four RBI, while Vicki Lopez chipped in three hits and Landrie Day contributed two hits and an RBI.
Bangs will host Early at 5 p.m. Tuesday.