Azle wins 1st game but drops final two at Northwest High
by Mark K. Campbell
Things looked great for a while.
The Hornet baseball team trounced Birdville 9-4 in the best-of-three bi-district series opener at Northwest High School May 3.
Then came Saturday.
Azle (21-11-1) bashed out 11 hits hours earlier; on a windy, sunny Saturday, May 4, AHS would muster just nine hits and one run in 14 innings.
The Hawks took advantage of nine Hornet errors in 13 innings and Azle’s lack of clutch hitting to rally to win the series 2-1.
In that opening game, the Hornets raced away early, leading 7-0 after just one and a half innings.
Colton Carpenter was the star of the game at bat and on the mound. He swatted three hits, including a double, and batted home three teammates. Pitching, Carpenter dominated with 11 strikes outs in a 114-pitch complete game.
“He went right at them,” coach Anthony Barron said.
Batterymate Will Bagby also had three hits including a double with a ribbie.
Slayton Vaughan doubled and got an RBI. Others with RBI included Chase McBay, Jesse Salisbury, and Trevor Boiles.
After dominating the Hawks in game one, the converse occurred the following day.
Barron said, “One minute you are untouchable and the next you are playing catch up.”
Azle got baserunners in a 9-0 game two loss. Trey Ramos tripled and Walcott spanked a double. However, crucial hits never came and AHS could not score.
Booting five balls helped Birdville build a lead and a six-run sixth inning locked down the game for the Hawks.
It all came down to a third game, played right after the 9-0 loss. This one went to Birdville 9-1. AHS scored in the seventh inning, breaking a 13-inning scoreless stretch.
Carpenter got two of the Hornets’ two safeties, both singles. Vaughan collected the other, also a single.
Action from Game 2 of Azle’s bi-district series against Birdville at Northwest High School May 4:outfielder Trevor Boiles hauls in a fly ball; second baseman Chase McBay turns a double play after a feed from shortstop Trent Walcott; D.J. Johnson legs out a hit; first baseman Slayton Vaughan awaits a foul pop.