Azle, 5th, misses playoffs by one game
By Mark K. Campbell
Azle just missed the postseason in 2013 – the Lady Hornets finished fifth at 7-7 in 5-4A – but went out on a winning note in the finale, 7-3.
The Lady Hornets took down Lake Dallas to finish 22-11 overall and 7-7 in 5-4A. That’s one game out of the postseason.
Summer Phillips and Whitney Judd combined for five hits and three RBI.
To open the game, Phillips hit the first pitch at the Lady Falcon diamond for a solo homer.
In her next at bat in the third inning, she jacked another ball.
Later in that third, Judd singled, stole second, then scored on a Samantha Bradley hit.
Azle broke the game open in the fourth inning with four runs. Rebekah T
eel reached second on an outfield error. Kayleen Corn moved her up then Bethanie Phillips singled Teel home.
Summer Phillips collected her third hit – a single – that plated Bethanie Phillips. Judd got her second safety and she was brought home by a single from Sarah Brown.
Coach Vera Ortega said, “We hit the ball hard, and it was a good offensive night for us.”
Not advancing to the playoffs is rare for Azle, but District 5-4A was highly competitive with Byron Nelson, Wichita Falls Rider, and Denton Guyer all among state-ranked squads in Texas.
“We had good performances throughout the year,” Ortega recalled.
Five seniors put on the Azle uniform for the last time: Katelyn Carpenter, Bobbi Sisk, Lauren Comacho, Corn, and Judd.
This 2013 team broke the team record for most home runs; it now stands at 14.
Ortega singled out several players as playing exceptionally including, Brown, Judd, Bradley, and Summer Phillips.
Hurler Makenzi Harris struck out 262 batters.
“I am proud of this team,” Ortega said.