In another balanced bouquet of pitching and hitting for TWU that saw senior pitcher Larisa Garcia hold St. Edward’s to just three hits, it was TWU’s demonstrative defense that fortified the Pioneers’ 4-1 victory in the first game of the NCAA South Central Super Regional at Pioneer Field on Friday night.
FRISCO — After a couple of innings had passed in Game 2 of a regional quarterfinal series between Argyle and Melissa on Friday night, it looked as if Argyle was poised to win the game and advance to the fourth round of the playoffs next week with a sweep.
Before Zach Dickerson ever put on an Argyle uniform and helped the Eagles win the 2011 Class 3A state title, and before he became the team’s leading scorer in his senior year, Dickerson sat down with Argyle head coach John King the summer before his freshman year.
Local area teams will resume their postseason treks today when the University Interscholastic League baseball and softball playoffs resume, starting today.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics had an All-Star closer on the brink and were in prime position for another walk-off win. They couldn’t complete the rally.
WACO — Michael Whittle hit a game-tying two-run, pinch-hit triple, and Benn Hawkins delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly as Argyle Liberty Christian came from behind to defeat Plano Prestonwood Christian 4-3 in the TAPPS Class 5A baseball state semifinals on Monday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit consecutive home runs in the third inning, A.J. Griffin matched his season high with eight strikeouts and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Monday night.
Time and time again, the TWU Pioneers have delivered the punctual hit to seize control of a game. Lizzy Kelly came up with a crucial two-run single in the third inning, but in the final game of the NCAA South Central Regional 1 tournament, it was Larisa Garcia’s complete-game, two-hit shutout that bolstered the Pioneers to a 2-0 victory over St. Mary’s on Sunday at Pioneer Field.
This morning, Liberty Christian head coach Johnny Isom will trot his baseball team onto the field at a foreign time, at a place that’s all too familiar for the Warriors. For the fourth straight season, Liberty finds itself one game away from the TAPPS Class 5A state championship game.
PONDER — Following Game 3 of Ponder’s Class 2A Region II area baseball series against Pottsboro, head coach Mark Low leaned over the railing and looked into the dugout as his team looked back at him. The team chided their head coach when it appeared he might shed a couple tears as he spoke to the senior-laden team.
The TWU Pioneers put themselves in the final game of the NCAA South Central Regional 1 tournament with a stout pitching performance by Brandie Lander and a towering grand slam by Katie Hines to defeat Midwestern State 7-1 on Saturday at Pioneer Field.
COLLEGE STATION -- North Texas hoped the 2013 season would mark its breakthrough moment in the NCAA tournament. No. 60 UNT (18-6) made its second consecutive appearance in the national championships and third in the last four years on Saturday morning, when the Mean Green took on rival TCU in College Station.
AUSTIN — As he watched his competitors from Lampases and Tyler Chapel Hill clip the bar Saturday, Spencer McCloud tried to hold his emotions together. “After I got 6-8, watching the other two guys I wanted the best for them,” said the Argyle senior. “But when they missed and I knew I had the gold medal, I wanted to smile. My emotions were everywhere. I wanted to run around, jump around and roll around. When you know you’re a state champion, it’s a great feeling.”
AUSTIN — Jacob Perry’s feet followed his emotions Saturday morning as he sailed around the Mike Myers Stadium track and into the early lead of the Class 3A 3,200-meter run.
WACO — Argyle Liberty Christian started strong and finished strong. After scoring 42 points on the first day of competition, Liberty Christian totaled 113 points to win the boys Class 5A TAPPS state track meet held at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex.
FORT WORTH — The way Guyer’s final game of the 2013 season ended could not have been more frustrating for head coach Johnny Kinzy or his program. But given the way Saturday’s Game 2 of a 4A Region I area-round series with Cleburne had gone, it also could not have been more fitting as Guyer’s season came to an end with a 13-1 loss to the Yellow Jackets, last year’s Class 4A runners-up.
PLANO — The noonday sun couldn’t outshine the Krum Bobcats on Saturday. In fact, third baseman Zack Hughes was seeing the ball so clearly, he had one of his best hitting performances of the season in leading Krum to a Region II Class 3A area-round championship at John Paul II High School.
PROSPER — Skylar Cagle has been as close to a sure bet as one can imagine for Pilot Point this season. The senior pitcher hadn’t lost a game all year heading into the Lady Cats’ Region II-2A quarterfinal series against Grandview. And yet, Cagle could feel the pressure building right up until she threw her first pitch on Saturday, even after Pilot Point won the first game of the series the night before.
Guyer’s Jalen Hunter, a qualifier in three events, had the top finish of any Denton-area qualifiers on Friday when he took fourth place in the Class 4A 300-meter hurdles and was fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles.
FORT WORTH — Judging by the way Friday night’s series opener between Cleburne and Guyer started, it seemed as though Cleburne, the No. 6 team in the Class 4A state poll, was just destined to chalk up an easy win over the Wildcats in a Class 4A Region I area round game at Saginaw.
Barbora Vykydalova wasn’t quite sure of what to make of Sujay Lama and his unique approach to the mental side of tennis when she first arrived at North Texas four years ago.
PLANO — Counting a crazy game-ending play in which he got the ball twice and wound up being credited with both a putout and an assist, Krum catcher Josh Reeves retired three Ferris players with his right arm Friday night.
POTTSBORO — Despite going into extra innings tied at 2, the Pilot Point Lions allowed the Pottsboro Cardinals to squeeze in the winning run and fell 3-2 in eight innings.
ARGYLE — Back when Spencer McCloud was a sophomore at Argyle, he carried dreams of one day continuing his basketball career at a small college. But once the Argyle track coaches went searching the school’s gym for a kid who could leap well beyond his height, they stumbled across McCloud, who stumbled across a new set of career plans.