Month: April 2021

FEATURE: Young Wylie pitchers Farrar, Russell thrive in outsized role, shared spotlight

Few young players in the Big Country started their varsity careers with tougher assignments than Wylie pitchers Reese Farrar and Halli Russell.

Following in the footsteps of graduated standouts Kaylee Philipp and Bailey Buck, two players who were instrumental in leading the Lady Bulldogs to the Region I-5A semifinals in 2019, Farrar and Russell were stepping into some pretty large shoes to begin with.

Add in a season-ending injury to sophomore Rylee Moore, who had earned time in the circle last year as a freshman before the season was cut short by COVID, and the two varsity newcomers found themselves in key roles almost immediately.

While that type of initiation might have been too much for some players to handle, both Farrar and Russell — a sophomore and freshman, respectively — have stood tall for the Lady Bulldogs this season. And though each has enjoyed some individual success in helping WHS (18-12) get back to the playoffs, both feel they’re better together.

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GAME STORY: Barajas’ big game fuels AHS to wet, wild win over EP Montwood in Game 1

Breana Barajas blasted a pair of home runs and accounted for seven RBIs Thursday to fuel the Abilene High softball team to a 19-9 home win over El Paso Montwood in the first game of a best-of-three Region I-6A bi-district series. 

Playing on a wet field due to days of rain leading up their playoff opener, the Lady Eagles (13-9) pounded out 14 hits in all, including seven for extra bases to take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday in El Paso.

Trailing 4-3 after 2½ innings, AHS exploded for seven runs in the third and seven more in the fourth to push ahead by 12 runs, before answering a four-run Montood fifth with a two-run shot by Jailyn Shaw to end the game by 10-run rule.

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