The start of the “games that matter” – district contests – sent the hardball Hornets on the road twice as 6-5A play began.
Azle (6-7, 0-2) lost at Aledo and Saginaw.
Against the Bearcats March 14, the hosts got a 6-1 win despite a solid start by Tyler Lehr, Azle coach Stephen Smith said.
“He pitched six great innings,” the coach recalled.
Lehr permitted just three hits, fanned four, and allowed no earned runs.
Ryan Lehr had the hot Hornet bat, going 3-for-3 and knocking home Azle’s only run in the final frame.… Read the rest
The Lady Hornets leapt out to a 3-0 lead after half an inning, but the Lady Rough Riders answered with five runs.
AHS tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning, however it was too little, too late.
At the plate, Lady Hornet Logan Graham belted out three hits. Rayne Cottle had an RBI.
Even with the slow start, things are far from lost for Azle.… Read the rest
Azle Christian School winning
The baseball Crusaders of Azle Christian School have bolted out to a 3-1 record early this year.
The season opened with a 14-0 drilling of Arlington St. Paul.
Later, ACS defeated the Parker-Tarrant Warriors 7-4.
The 2017 record ran to 3-0 after a 19-1 thumping of St. Paul.
The first loss came in a rematch against Parker-Tarrant, 12-8 on March 9.
Coach Ryan Rollins lauded his squad’s offensive output.
Charlie Robertson and Peyton Wilson are both hitting over .500, he said.
Batting at a .350 clip are Cooper Deak, Brendon Guardiola, and Nate Rollins.
On the mound, Rollins sits 3-0 with Jake Spivey and Robertson also “solid on the mound,” coach Rollins noted.… Read the rest
Soccer boys lose late in winner-take-all finale
by Mark K. Campbell
The Hornet soccer season came down to a pair of matches that Azle had to win.
The first arrived March 7 on the Horned Field pitch where AHS, on Senior Night, defeated Saginaw 2-1.
Azle jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Alex Quevedo and Ben Davis.
Coach Brad Averitte said, “This was essentially an elimination game as the loser was knocked out of the playoff race.”
The Hornet victory set up a winner-take-all clash in the last regular season contest at Brewer March 10.
In the first meeting between the two, the Bears and Hornets had tied.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
The baseball Hornets reached district play hitting on all cylinders.
The non-district slate ended at Jim Bob Nation’s Field of Dreams diamond March 7.
Azle (6-5) defeated Benbrook 5-4, AHS’ fifth victory in a row, after peeling off four at a Kennedale tournament.
Sam Collins got the start against Benbrook and struck out four Bobcats in four innings of work; he permitted no earned runs.
Tyler Lehr got the victory by throwing a scoreless seventh inning.… Read the rest
District play began for the Lady Hornet softball team on March 7 at Boswell.
The second 6-5A contest followed three days later.… Read the rest
Chas Skelly has been added to the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ (UFC) 211 card.
Skelly will pit his 17-2 record – including a two-match winning streak – against Jason Knight at Dallas’ American Airlines Center Saturday, May 13.
In the big-time UFC, Skelly is 6-2 with those two most recent victories coming via submissions.
Skelly was a state champion as a Hornet and last October was inducted into the Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.… Read the rest
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Hornet hardball team impressed with a 4-0 showing at the final tournament of the season at Kennedale.
On March 2-4, Azle defeated four teams – the hosts on the opening day, Stephenville and Fort Worth South Hills the next day, then FW Trimble Tech on March 4, a Saturday.… Read the rest