Hornet bats and some clutch pitching – but mainly the bats – propelled Azle (14-6-1, 4-3) to a pair of crucial 5-4A victories.
In games against TC Byron Nelson and Lake Dallas, AHS scored 21 runs while giving up 16.
The scoring barrage was enough to help the Hornets reach the halfway point in district play near the top of the mad 5-4A scramble.
At Nelson March 26, Azle struck for three runs immediately, but the Bobcats answered. Then the Trophy Club school put up three more tallies to lead 6-3 after just two innings.
But AHS got a five-spot in the top of the fifth and withstood a late Bobcat rally to win a thriller, 9-8.
“Both teams went right at each other,” coach Anthony Barron said. “We battled the whole game and never gave up.”
Will Bagby and Trevor Boiles both doubled and had two RBI each. Winning pitcher Colton Carpenter and Slayton Vaughan also collected RBIs.
That crazy game paled compared to the Lake Dallas contest at the Azle diamond March 29.
The Hornets won, 12-8, as the teams combined for 20 runs, 10 hits, and nine errors.
Once again, AHS trailed early – this time 4-0 – before the Hornets’ first at bat. Azle made the most of it, getting five runs. After the Falcons tied the game two and a half innings in, AHS finally began pulling away.
Jacob Spencer got the win with Carpenter superior in the final innings as Lake Dallas went scoreless in its final four frames.
Bagby and Carpenter ripped homers; the latter also doubled and got two RBI.
“It was a hitfest,” Barron recalled. “I am glad that we had more quality hits than they did. Our lineup is tough to beat when we are on a roll.”
Five teams are tied for second in 5-4A.