Harris no-hitter fuels huge Lady Hornet win over Brewer

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Lady Hornet McKenzi Harris was unhittable – literally – when Brewer came to town. She threw a no-hitter against the top 5-4A team.

The Lady Hornet softball team kept its postseason chances alive with a huge victory over first place Brewer.

Much of the credit goes to sophomore pitcher MaKenzi Harris who no-hit the Lady Bears at the AHS diamond, 2-0, on April 5.

With a 10-0 win in the prior 5-4A contest at Wichita Falls, Azle (20-10, 5-5) has now scrambled back into possible playoff position.

“We have key games to play,” coach Vera Ortega said.

That included hosting Wichita Falls Rider April 9 – results not available at press time – and a final regular season trio at Denton (April 12), Byron Nelson (April 16), and a finale at Lake Dallas (April 20).

“We need to win to stay in the race mathematically and hope and pray for the ball to bounce our way,” the coach said.

Azle remained in the race thanks to a vital win over the best team in the district, Brewer.

Harris struck out 15 of the 21 Lady Bears and walked just two – one in the third and one in the fourth inning.

“She looked in control from the first pitch on,” Ortega recalled. “She pitched a great game. Brewer has a good offense and she never allowed them to get any momentum.”

Summer Phillips snagging a liner in the right-center field gap, saving the no-hitter in the fourth inning.

The Lady Hornets got both runs in the fourth. Rebekah Teel doubled off the wall in left center then was moved to third by a sacrifice bunt by Bethani Phillips.

Brooke Smith’s outfield fly was mishandled; she reached second while Teel scored. Smith ran in when Whitney Judd slapped a two-out single.

“This was a big win for us,” Ortega said.

On April 2, AHS had traveled to Wichita Falls to face the winless in district Lady Coyotes.

Azle took care of business, winning 4-0 with Harris again impressive; she hurled a three-hitter and fanned 12 batters.

While Old High managed just three hits, the Lady Hornets collected 11 including two by Phillips and Judd.

Azle got all the runs it needed with two outs in the third inning. Phillips got things going with a triple; Judd singled her home.

After stealing second, Judd was singled home by Brown.

In the fifth inning, Nicole Aniasco doubled and Teel sent her home.

An insurance run in the sixth came around when Kaylee Corn singled then stole second and third before a Phillips hit sent Corn home.

“We are playing well headed into the last part of district,” Ortega said. “This team has continued to fight and play well.”

Junior varsity – The AHS JV beat Denton 7-0 when Shyanne Lane overcame an injury and got the win with a one-hitter; Bailee Carter started.

Brooklin Leal, Alyssia Allen, and Raelyn Temple led at the bat while Sammi Tittle zoomed around the bases.

On April 5, the young Lady Hornets edged Brewer 2-1. Carter scored both runs, in the first and fourth innings. A Tittle double scored Carter early.

Lane pitched a “masterful complete game,” coach Brad Overton recalled.

Carter ended the game with a triple play, snagging a liner with the bases loaded, touching third, then throwing to first.