Hornets control own destiny in district race

April 17, 2013

It’s coming down to the wire to get into the baseball postseason.
Azle (17-7-1, 7-4) was involved in two final inning frenzies that resulted in a thrilling win and a killer loss.
Both games were played at the AHS diamond.
Brewer arrived April 9 and a classic pitcher’s duel ensued.
AHS hurler Jacob Spencer got nipped for a run in the top of the first inning. And it looked like that would be all the scoring for the game.
Spencer was limiting the Bears to just six hits; but, the Hornets were getting just two.
However, Colton Carpenter and Will Bagby both brought home runners in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Azle a last-ditch victory.
AHS coach Anthony Barron said, “It was a typical Azle/Brewer game. I was proud of our guys hanging in there and manufacturing two runs.”
Those same late inning dramatics would go the other way against Wichita Falls Rider three days later.
The Hornets led 2-1, 4-2, and 5-2 as the game progressed.
But Rider tied the game in the top of the sixth. An extra inning was necessary as teams reached regulation 5-5.
Rider scored four in the eighth inning and Azle countered with just one run in a 9-6 loss.
“We made some mistakes that hurt us in the end,” Barron recalled. “We had them down, but Rider did not give up.”
Carpenter took the loss even though he hit a home run and “did a fantastic job on the mound,” Barron said.
Three 5-4A games remain. “We can still make the playoffs, but it is going to be tough,” Barron said. “We need to be on our best game from here on out.”

Hornet Chase McBay reaches third early against Brewer. Azle pulled out a last-inning victory over the Bears at the AHS campus. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Hornet Chase McBay reaches third early against Brewer. Azle pulled out a last-inning victory over the Bears at the AHS campus. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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