Category: Wylie Bulldogs

Evan Ren’s 2022 BCP Baseball/Softball All-Hustle Team: The hardest-working players in the area!

OTHER 2022 ALL-BIG COUNTRY PREPS TEAMS

Character, grit and work ethic aren’t seen in a box score. And it is with our Big Country Preps All-Hustle Team that we wish to honor those players (male and female) who exemplify those qualities. 

The All-Hustle team isn’t about who the best baseball and softball players were. It honors the best teammates. 

It is here where effort, discipline and coachability — traits that coaches wish they had in every player and upon which championships are built — are honored.

It is for that reason that this team is largely selected by area coaches and described in their own words.

Big Country Preps is now honored to present these individuals to you — the best team players (boys and girls) that the Big Country had to offer during the 2022 baseball and softball seasons.

The players below are listed in no particular order. 

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GAME STORY: Rudel, big seventh inning fuel Aledo to 8-0 win over Wylie to secure series sweep

Wylie ace Brooks Gay kept his team in the game as long as he could Friday, but the Bulldogs could never solve Aledo starter Hunter Rudel in a season-ending 8-0 loss at Abilene Christian University’s Crutcher Scott Field. 

WHS, which fell 2-1 in Game 1 of the Region I-5A semifinals series on Thursday, trailed 1-0 after five innings and 2-0 heading into the seventh Friday, but the Bearcats roughed up four Bulldogs pitchers for six runs in the final inning to pull away and secure the series sweep.

For the game, Gay allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks, using eight big strikeouts to pitch out of any major trouble. But he was outdueled by Rudel, who limited the Bulldogs to two hits and three walks with five strikeouts in a complete-game shutout as Aledo eliminated the Bulldogs for the second consecutive season.

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GAME RECAP: Wylie drops pitchers’ duel to Aledo in Game 1 of I-5A semifinals series

WEATHERFORD — The Wylie baseball team dropped a hard-fought series opener to Aledo on Thursday, losing 2-1 at Weatherford College to fall behind 1-0 in the Region I-5A semifinal series between the two squads.

The Bulldogs outhit the Bearcats 6-5 and didn’t trail for the first time until the bottom of the sixth, but their inability to score after the first inning off AHS starter Ethan Jaques left them on the wrong end of a scoreboard when the game ended.

Wylie pitchers Trey Gomez and Grayson Bearden combined to limit Aledo to five hits, four walks and the two runs over six strong innings, but they were outdueled by Jaques, who surrendered one unearned run in seven innings to earn the complete-game win.

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GAME STORY: Wylie battles but falls to Aledo in Game 2, sees season end in I-5A semis

STEPHENVILLE — After being run-ruled by Aledo in Game 1 of its Region I-5A semifinals series on Thursday, the Wylie softball team gave a much more representative effort Friday in Game 2. But it wasn’t enough to extend the series as the Lady Bulldogs saw their season end with a 7-3 loss to the Ladycats at the Tarleton State University softball field.

Wylie trailed just 4-3 after three innings and was still within two runs (5-3) heading into the sixth. But Aledo scored a pair of runs in the top of that inning to double its lead and held on from there for the sweep.

Despite the outcome, which saw the Lady Bulldogs close their season at 23-9, coach Heather Collier was proud of her team and the way it responded to the rough series opener.

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GAME RECAP: Wylie baseball closes out El Paso Del Valle with 11-0 win in Game 2

MONAHANS — The Wylie baseball team wrapped up a Region I-5A quarterfinals sweep over El Paso Del Valle on Friday, following Thursday’s 3-1 victory with an 11-0 win in Game 2 to advance to the fourth round of the Class 5A playoffs. 

Brooks Gay limited the Conquistadors to just one hit in a five-inning shutout in the clincher as the Bulldogs improved to 25-5 on the season.

Wylie will now await the conclusion of the series between Aledo and Burleson Centennial to find out who its opponent will be next week in the I-5A semifinals.

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GAME STORY: Aledo rides pair of big innings to run-rule win over Wylie in Game 1

STEPHENVILLE — The red-hot Wylie Lady Bulldogs ran into a buzzsaw Thursday in the opener of their Region I-5A semifinal series against Aledo, seeing their nine-game winning streak snapped with a 14-2 run-rule loss to the Ladycats at the Tarleton State University softball field.

Wylie, which had won 12 of its last 13 games coming into Thursday’s matchup, trailed Aledo 8-0 after two innings thanks to a seven-run Ladycats second that all but ended the competitive phase of the game.

AHS outhit the Lady Bulldogs 14-3, pounding out seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Ana Flores and Madysen Boutwell to bookend the scoring in its big second inning.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stephenville pole vaulter Kirbo wins final award of 21-22 school year

As one of the defensive leaders for Stephenville’s state championship football team, Ben Kirbo was ensured a memorable senior year regardless of what happened at the Class 4A state track meet. 

But the SHS standout and future TCU pole vaulter wanted a little icing on his cake … and got it.

Kirbo vaulted 16 feet in Austin last week to win the Class 4A pole vault competition by a full foot over Pleasanton’s Preston Pilgrim and Argyle’s Mitchell Thompson. And in doing so, he earned our final Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week award for the 2021-22 school year.

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GAME RECAP: Big fifth inning lifts Bulldogs into the third round

FORT STOCKTON — Brooks Gay had 10 strikeouts and scattered six hits in five scoreless innings as the Wylie baseball team advanced to the third round of the playoffs with an 8-1 win over El Paso El Dorado on Saturday afternoon.

Braden Regala continued his postseason hot streak by going 3 for 3 at the plate and scoring three runs while also driving in four.

Wylie will now face El Paso Del Valle next week in the Region I-5A quarterfinals.

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GAME RECAP: Wylie bats come alive in Game 1 rout of EP El Dorado

FORT STOCKTON — Garrett Graham hit two home runs, Landon Williams had a two-run blast and JT Thompson went 4 for 4 at the plate as the Wylie baseball team opened its area-round series with a 17-6 thumping of El Paso El Dorado on Friday.

In addition to Thompson’s big day, Graham and Tye Briscoe each had three-hit games as the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Grayson Bearden earned the win on the mound in relief with three strong innings in which he allowed two runs on four hits after Trey Gomez and Sam Walker kept El Dorado at bay for the first four innings.

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GAME RECAP: Wylie headed back to I-5A semifinals after edging Randall in Game 2

WOODROW — The Wylie softball team closed out Canyon Randall with its second one-run victory in as many days, edging the Lady Raiders 2-1 on Friday at Lubbock Cooper to sweep the best-of-three Region I-5A quarterfinals series.

Rylee Moore, who pitched the seventh to earn the save in Game 1 on Thursday, went the whole way in the circle in the clincher, limiting Randall to just one run on four hits  and two walks while striking out nine.

The junior pitcher got all the support she needed in the first inning, when the Lady Bulldogs answered a one-run top of the first with two in the bottom of the frame to account for the only lead change in the game.

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GAME RECAP: Reed’s seventh-inning homer lifts Wylie softball to Game 1 win over Randall

WOODROW — The Wylie Lady Bulldogs continued their torrid run, opening a best-of-three Region I-5A quarterfinal series against Canyon Randall with a dramatic 6-5 win on Thursday at Lubbock Cooper to improve to 4-0 in the playoffs with their 11th win in their last 12 games.

Leading 4-0 after three innings and 5-1 with 5½ frames in the book, Wylie saw its lead erased when Randall pushed four runs across in the bottom of the sixth.

But sophomore Mycala Reed launched a solo home run in the seventh — the Lady Bulldogs’ third long ball of the game — for what proved to be the game-winning run. 

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BREAKING: Wylie promotes Powell, brings Hopper home as her replacement

As Wylie High School continues to grow, so too have its needs in the realm of athletic administration.

After promoting Amy Powell to a role in which she will serve as the campus coordinator for girls athletics, the school had an unexpected opening to lead the girls basketball program.

Enter Duane Hopper.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP Player of the Week: Haskell’s Roewe hits for the cycle to claim award

Four hits in one day is a great day for any hitter. But to get one hit of each kind – single, double, triple and a home run – is one of softball and baseball’s genuine rarities.

Yet that is exactly what Haskell senior Emma Roewe pulled off last week when she hit for the cycle in a 17-7 area round win over McCamey.

But there was an added bonus: Nearly all of her hits had huge impact, beginning with an RBI triple to bring in the first run of the game.

She later broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and brought down the curtain with a walk-off double to score Olivia Camacho to bring the mercy rule into play.

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GAME RECAP: Long ball lifts Wylie softball past Chapin in series opener

ODESSA — Reese Farrar shut down the El Paso Chapin softball team for most of the night as Wylie opened the Region I-5A area round with a 12-6 win Friday at Odessa Permian.

Ryleigh Whitehead had a pair of home runs as the Wylie offense collected six extra-base hits.

Whitehead and Mycala Reed each drove in four runs in the win.

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GAME RECAP: Wylie baseball sweeps Plainview to open postseason run

LAMESA — Trey Gomez had a complete game two-hitter on Friday afternoon to lead the Wylie baseball team to a 10-3 win over Plainview in the opening game of their best-of-three Region I-5A bi-district series.

Brooks Gay followed that up with five dominant innings on the mound in Game 2 to lead the Bulldogs to a sweep with an 11-7 win.

The Bulldogs offense helped the pitching staff with a combined 26 hits in the two games.

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FEATURE: Lone senior Whitehead, large junior class have Wylie in midst of another strong season

When it comes to senior leadership, the 2022 Wylie softball team is measuring in quality, not quantity. 

With just one fourth-year player on this year’s roster — center fielder Ryleigh Whitehead — the Lady Bulldogs aren’t as deep in seasoned voices as many of their past teams have been.

But Whitehead, who was been on varsity since earning a call-up for the playoffs as a freshman in 2019, has proven quite capable as a lead singer. And with eight talented juniors behind her providing near pitch-perfect backup vocals, Wylie’s lone senior is far from a solo act.

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LOCAL TRACK ROUNDUP: Wylie high jumper Maroney statebound after second-place region finish

Wylie sophomore Indiah Maroney punched her ticket to the Class 5A state meet over the weekend in Lubbock, finishing second in the high jump at the Region I-5A meet to earn a trip to the Austin in two weeks.

Maroney, the only local athlete to earn a spot at state, cleared a personal-best of 5-foot-5 to match region champion Anaya Potter of Justin Northwest, but she took a silver medal on attempts.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore, who also starts for the Wylie girls basketball team, accounted for eight of the Lady Bulldogs’ nine team points and the bulk of the 14 points earned by Abilene high school athletes at the Region I-5A and I-6A meets.

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GAME RECAP: Farrar pitches Wylie past Amarillo Caprock in 2-0 bi-district triumph

WOODROW — Reese Farrar pitched a complete-game gem and her Wylie teammates gave her just enough run support Thursday as the Lady Bulldogs edged Amarillo Caprock 2-0 in a single-game bi-district playoff at Lubbock Cooper High School.

The junior pitcher allowed just two hits on her way to a shutout, striking out 15 Caprock batters without a walk. The Wylie lineup, meanwhile, plated one run in the second and another in the fourth to make that hold up for the win.

The victory improved the Lady Bulldogs to 19-7 on the season and earned coach Heather Collier’s squad a Region I-5A area-round matchup with the winner between El Paso Chapin and Canutillo next week.

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GAME STORY: Gay one-hits Cooper as Wylie scores run-rule win on Senior Night

Behind a dominant effort by starter Brooks Gay, the Wylie baseball team cruised to a 10-0 win over crosstown rival Cooper on Tuesday, using a three-run third and a five-run fifth to break open what was a close game in the early innings at Bulldog Field.

Gay, an Abilene Christian University signee, struck out eight batters in a six-inning complete game, allowing just four baserunners in the contest. The tall right-hander pitched around an error and a hit batsman in the first, before limiting the visiting Cougars to a single and a walk the rest of the way.

The Wylie lineup did the rest, overcoming a slow start against Cooper pitcher Colin Reed to score at least one run in each of the final four frames and earn a run-rule victory on Senior Night.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP Player of the Week: O’Malley overcomes injury to punch regional ticket

Merkel’s Alyssa O’Malley is no stranger to our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week column. 

If she’s not in the weekly mix during the basketball season as one of the area’s top players, she’s competing for our top spot during the spring in track and field. 

Her latest exploit: How about four area championships in solo events, despite having a painful foot injury? 

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GAME STORY: Wylie baseball run-rules Lubbock High in first-ever night home game

Playing a home game under lights for the first time in program history, the Wylie baseball team took care of business against Lubbock High on Friday, combining a strong pitching performance with consistent offense to earn a 10-0 win at Bulldog Field.

Pitchers Trey Gomez and Grayson Bearden combined for six innings of one-hit ball, while the Wylie lineup scored in every inning but the fifth to end the game early and improve to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in District 4-5A play.

Leading 4-0 after three innings, Wylie took control with a five-run fourth, before putting the 10-run rule into effect with Tye Briscoe’s RBI double in the sixth. 

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GAME STORY: Wylie softball routs Cooper in wacky, windy regular-season finale

The Wylie softball team closed out its regular season in dominating fashion on Friday, scoring early and often in a 23-1 rout of crosstown rival Cooper at Bulldog Field.

Battling heavy winds all afternoon, the Lady Bulldogs pounded out 12 runs in the first two innings to knock out the Lady Cougars’ top two pitchers, and the visitors had to turn to position players in the circle for the remainder of the game. This allowed the score to get even more out of hand, as Wylie took advantage of eight combined walks in the third and fourth innings before ending the game in the the fifth by way of the 10-run rule.

The victory improved the Lady Bulldogs 18-7 overall and 7-3 in the District 4-5A play, while the Lady Cougars wrapped up a tough campaign at 13-11-3 and 2-8.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stephenville’s Eakin snags this week’s top spot

For Stephenville standout Coy Eakin to land our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week really shouldn’t surprise anyone. 

Already signed to play football at Texas Tech, Eakin earned Offensive MVP honors in the wake of a spectacular performance in the Class 4A state title win over Austin LBJ in December, which netted him our final award for 2021. So this isn’t his first rodeo. 

Eakin’s latest big-time performance came at the District 6-4A track meet, where he captured two individual district championships in the triple jump (43-0) and long jump (20-10) and assisted in a third title with the 1,600 relay team (50.5 anchor leg). 

It’s important to note that Eakin took the district titles in the triple jump and long jump on short notice — having only practiced for both events for a week. That, ladies and gentlemen, is absolutely remarkable at the Class 4A level. 

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GAME STORY: Wylie softball continues roll with 6-3 win over Lubbock Cooper

The Wylie softball team used a four-run third inning to take control Thursday, and junior Rylee Moore handled the rest, shutting out Lubbock Cooper through the first six innings of a 6-3 victory at Bulldog Field.

Moore went the whole way in the circle, pitching around seven hits and two walks while tallying 13 strikeouts in the victory.

Her teammates, meanwhile, provided ample support, following their four-run third with two more runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead before holding off a late Lady Pirate rally in the seventh.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Farrar pitches Wylie past Coronado; AHS routs 2-6A leader Frenship

The Wylie softball team picked up a big win over District 4-5A co-leader Lubbock Coronado on Tuesday, riding a complete-game gem from junior Reese Farrar to a 2-1 victory at Bulldog Field.

Farrar gave up just three hits and four walks while striking out 11, putting up zeros in the final three innings to allow the Lady Bulldogs to go ahead for good on Hanna Hood’s RBI single in the fifth.

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GAME STORY: Rough start, missed opportunities doom Wylie in 10-1 loss to Lubbock Cooper

Hosting top-ranked Lubbock Cooper with a share of the District 4-5A lead on the line, the Wylie baseball team saw a rocky start and a couple of missed opportunities sink any hope it had of upending the Pirates on Tuesday in a 10-1 loss at Bulldog Field.

Hurt by some sloppy defense early, the 11th-ranked Bulldogs fell behind 5-0 just two innings into the game. And they came away with just one run in their best chance at a big inning, allowing Cooper to maintain control throughout.

The loss dropped Wylie to 15-4 overall and 8-2 in league play — two games behind the Pirates (18-6, 10-0) with one more game remaining against them on Friday.

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FEATURE: New-look Wylie Bulldogs experiencing same successful results in 2022

When the Wylie baseball team takes on Lubbock Cooper for a pair of games this week, it will do so with the District 4-5A lead on the line.

The Bulldogs enter Tuesday’s 5 p.m. home matchup just a game back of the defending champion Pirates, despite graduating a 10-player senior class that fueled the WHS program to a 46-25-2 record through its first three seasons at the Class 5A level, including a district title in 2019 and a trip to the Region I-5A semifinals last spring.

With six players in key roles who are seeing significant varsity action for the first time, the 2022 Bulldogs are far less experienced than last year’s model. But the team’s combination of strong senior leadership and youthful exuberance has been a winning one so far, evidenced by its 15-3 overall record and 8-1 mark in league play.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Abilene High routs Legacy for third straight win; Wylie, Cooper fall

MIDLAND — The Abilene High softball team won its third consecutive game Friday, using a four-run third to erase an early deficit before exploding for eight fifth-inning runs to pull away for a 14-3 victory over Midland Legacy.

With the victory, the Lady Eagles improved to 13-10 overall and 4-4 in District 2-6A play, keeping pace with Odessa High for third place in the league standings while pulling a game ahead of Permian, which lost to first-place Frenship on Friday.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Wylie rolls to season sweep at Coronado; Monterey run-rules Cooper

LUBBOCK — The Wylie baseball team completed a season sweep of Lubbock Coronado on Friday, scoring 11 runs over a three-inning span to turn an 4-2 deficit after three innings into a comfortable 13-6 victory. 

The Bulldogs, who defeated the Mustangs 7-6 on March 17 in Lubbock and 7-5 on Tuesday in Abilene, avoided any late-inning drama in the third meeting, using a two-run fourth to tie the game, before answering a one-run Coronado fourth with four runs in the fifth and five in the sixth.

The victory improved the Bulldogs to 15-3 overall and 8-1 in District 4-5A, keeping coach Grant Martin’s squad within a game of league leader Lubbock Cooper (16-6, 9-0). 

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Wylie downs Coronado for fifth straight win, Cooper falls to Monterey

The Wylie baseball team rode a fast start Tuesday to its fifth consecutive victory, scoring three runs in the first and two more in the second to set the tone for a 7-5 home win over Lubbock Coronado.

The Bulldogs, now 14-3 overall, pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of four Mustang errors in improving to 7-1 in District 4-5A play.

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GAME STORY: Wylie softball downs rival Cooper to extend winning streak to three

The Wylie Lady Bulldogs picked up a big win over crosstown rival Cooper on Tuesday, outlasting the Lady Cougars for a 6-4 victory to close out the first half of District 4-5A play on a three-game winning streak.

WHS, now 14-6 overall and 3-2 in district, never trailed in the game, but it wasn’t until the final out was recorded at Cougar Diamond that the Lady Bulldogs could finally breathe easy knowing the outcome was secure.

Leading 6-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Wylie saw Cooper pull within two on a leadoff home run by Karrigan Parrott and threaten to do more damage before finally running out of outs to play with. The Lady Cougars sent three batters to the plate as the tying run in their final at-bat, but following a 50-50 call on a sacrifice bunt that resulted in the first out of the inning, Wylie pitcher Rylee Moore induced a pair of ground outs to  close out a complete-game victory.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Cooper falls in 10 to Coronado; Wylie routs Lubbock High

The Cooper softball team dropped another heartbreaker on Friday, falling 7-4 to Lubbock Coronado in a 10-inning thriller at Cougar Diamond.

The Lady Cougars, who gave up four seventh-inning runs in an 8-6 walk-off loss to Monterey last Friday, were tied with the Lady Mustangs this week from the end of the fourth inning through the top of the 10th. But a three-run outburst by Coronado in that half-inning left Cooper with a deficit it couldn’t overcome.

The loss dropped CHS (12-6-3 overall) to 1-3 in District 4-5A play, leaving them alone in fifth place after Friday’s games.

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GAME STORY: Wylie bats, starter Gay shine as Bulldogs complete season sweep of Monterey

The Wylie lineup gave senior ace Brooks Gay three runs in the first inning and tacked on at least one run in four of the next five frames to fuel the Bulldogs to a 9-2 win over Lubbock Monterey on Friday at Bulldog Field.

Staked to a 4-0 lead after three, Gay allowed his only runs in the fourth and sixth innings and his teammates continued to provide run support, following one-run frames in the third and fourth innings with two runs in the fifth and sixth to pull away for a comfortable victory.

The win improved Wylie to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in District 4-5A play, keeping the Bulldogs within a game of league leader Lubbock Cooper, which defeated Abilene Cooper 11-1 on Friday in Abilene.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Cooper run-rules Lubbock High, Wylie edges Lubbock Cooper

LUBBOCK — Coming off a difficult 8-6 road loss to Lubbock Monterey on Friday, the Cooper softball team needed a win at Lubbock High on Wednesday to avoid an 0-3 start to District 4-5A play.  Playing a day later than scheduled due to heavy winds in the Lubbock area Tuesday, the Lady Cougars had little trouble accomplishing that, dominating at the plate and in the circle in a 10-0 run-rule victory over the Lady Westerners.

Summer Simmons and Jahlissah Marquez combined to pitch a two-hit shutout, and they got 14 hits from their offense, with six of those going for extra bases.

Cooper scored four in the first inning and two in the second to take control early, before tacking on a seventh run in the fifth inning and putting the 10-run rule into effect with a three-run sixth.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Wylie rallies past Monterey, Cooper falls at Lubbock Cooper

LUBBOCK — The Wylie baseball team improved to 5-1 in District 4-5A play on Wednesday, scoring five runs in the fourth to rally from a 3-1 deficit and defeat Lubbock Monterey 6-3 at Moegle Field. 

Playing a day later than scheduled due to heavy winds in the Lubbock area Tuesday, the Bulldogs saw an early 1-0 lead erased by a three-run Plainsmen third. But the visitors answered with their offensive outburst the next half-inning to take the lead for good.

That big fourth inning made a winner out of Grayson Bearden, who relieved starter Tye Briscoe in the third and pitched the Bulldogs into the sixth. JT Thompson then put up zeroes in the final two innings for the save, completing 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned duo shares this week’s spotlight

Even in high school baseball, perfect games are rare. Two perfect games in one week in the same league are extremely uncommon. 

Two perfect games in one week, thrown by a pair of teammates are about as elusive as a Lochness Monster sighting.

And coincidentally, that’s about how often Big Country Preps names two players for the Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week. 

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GAME STORY: Gay’s pitching, offensive outburst help Bulldogs rout Cooper

Brooks Gay threw four no-hit innings and the Wylie offense capitalized on six errors by Cooper as the Bulldogs took a 17-1 win at Cougar Field in District 4-5A play on Friday night.

The top three hitters in Wylie’s lineup — Braden Regala, JT Thompson and Landon Williams — were a combined 3 for 8 with six walks, five runs scored and four RBIs.

That dominance at the top of the lineup set the tone for the Bulldogs offense early, allowing Gay to atone for a loss last week to Lubbock Cooper.

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