Azle vs Birdville in bi-district
A rival’s shocking base running blunder at a crucial time helped Azle (20-9-1, 9-5) to a playoff berth.
At Lake Dallas on April 26 in the 5-4A finale, the Hornets led the Falcons 3-2 in the hosts’ final at bat.
Lake Dallas’ first two runners got on base, second and third. Things looked bleak.
Coach Anthony Barron said, “At this point, I thought to myself we need a miracle.”
And AHS got one.
With the infield in, Colton Carpenter coaxed a grounder to short from the Falcon hitter. Hornet Trenton Walcott froze the third base runner then threw out the batter at first.
When the Lake Dallas runner at second sped to third, he discovered his teammate there, too. Two Falcons were perched on third.
First baseman Slayton Vaughan fired to second baseman Chase McBay who began a run down. Then he hurled the ball homeward when the Falcon at third make a break for the plate.
“Will Bagby did a great job leaping for the ball and applying the tag for the out,” Barron recalled. When the dust settled, Azle had turned a 6-3-4-2 double play and won the game – and a three-way runner-up tie in the district.
Lake Dallas was eliminated.
The next day at Northwest High, the Hornets clubbed Nelson 8-4 for third place before falling to Denton Guyer.
With Birdville losing a flip to Boswell, the Hawks became Azle’s bi-district foe.
“I believe the level of competition in our district has made us ready,” Barron said.