Consecutive victory total up to 4
By Mark K. Campbell
Big wins – every one of them vital – rocketed the baseball Hornets to the top of the 5-4A standings.
Azle (16-6-1, 6-3) beat Denton Guyer and Wichita Falls and now AHS is the team to beat in district.
On April 2, the Hornets hosted Guyer. Both teams traded runs in the first, but Azle followed up with a two-spot in the second.
That would end up being more than enough for starter Nick Ervin. AHS won, 4-2, as the Hornet hurler kept Wildcat batters off balance the entire game, coach Anthony Barron said.
“He did a fantastic job. They were not expecting a guy like Nick,” Barron said. “He does some wicked things with the ball and kept them guessing all night.”
Meanwhile, the Azle bats – so hot recently – showed no signs of cooling.
“We had 12 hits off one of their best pitchers,” Barron recalled. “Our bats were on fire.”
Among the big hitters was D.J. Johnson who doubled and tripled and Trenton Walcott who rapped three hits and had two RBI. Colton Carpenter and Slayton Vaughan also had two hits each.
Carpenter got the save in the game and, three days later, picked up the 8-5 victory over Wichita Falls.
Azle clobbered 13 hits in that win as a five-run third inning gave AHS a 6-1 cushion early.
Picking two Coyotes off second base was huge, Barron said.
Chase McBay collected two hits. Will Bagby and Walcott doubled while Jesse Salisbury batted home two teammates.
The RBI were spread around with five other Hornets getting one: Trevor Boiles, McBay, Carpenter, Bagby, and Johnson.
Five games remain and six teams are battling for the playoff spots.
No game is a gimme, Barron said weeks ago and that has proven to be right. Azle’s lone loss is Denton’s only victory.
Left for AHS to negotiate to get to the postseason: Brewer (April 9, results not available at press time); WF Rider (April 12); at Denton (April 16); Nelson (April 19, Senior Night); and at Lake Dallas (April 26).
as of April 8
WF Rider 6-3
Denton Guyer 6-3
Byron Nelson 5-4
Lake Dallas 5-4
Wichita Falls 4-5