By Kevin Posival and Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
Hadley Young had two goals and two assists and the Lady Tigers ensured their meeting with A&M Consolidated at Belton on Tuesday will be for the District 12-5A championship with a 7-0 win over host Bryan.
Young gave Belton (18-3-2, 12-0-1 12-5A) a 3-0 lead with back-to-back goals and Emily Krenek and Jacey Love each scored in the first half for a 5-0 lead at the break. Aubrey Martinez and Jesse Hagen scored in the second half.
Killeen 3, Gatesville 1 - At Gatesville, Alejandra Macias scored less than two minutes into the match, but the Hornets scored on a penalty kick at the end of the half to tie the match at 1-1.
However, Haley Crissman scored two goals in the second half to lift the Lady Roos (9-14-1, 4-8 34-4A) to the win. Seniors Emily DiSalvo and Nathali Perez also factored heavily into the Killeen victory.
Waco Midway 7, Lampasas 0 - At Waco, the Lady Badgers didn't finish the regular season against District 34-4A champion Midway like they would have liked, but their season isn't over yet, either.
Lampasas (16-8-1, 7-5), the 34-4A's third seed, plays District 33-4A runner-up Waco Connally next Friday in Gatesville at 5:30 p.m.
Belton 4, Bryan 0 - At Belton, the Tigers shutout Bryan to setup a showdown Tuesday with A&M Consolidated for the District 12-5A title.
Ryan Parker scored off a corner kick just before the half to put Belton (18-3-1, 12-0-1) up 2-0 at the half. Luke Villamaria scored the game's opening goal.
In the second half, Logan Hellinghausen scored off a free kick at the eight-minute mark and with less than a minute left, Adam Barnes scored off an assist by Villamaria.
Salado 6, Robinson 2 - At Robinson, Bennie Barker and Chase Crenwelge each scored two goals and the Eagles, thanks to Killeen's 1-0 double-overtime loss to Gatesville, enter the playoffs as District 34-4A's second seed.
Brad Cosper and Aaron Fraire also scored for the Eagles (9-3, 13-10), who will likely play China Spring in the first round of the playoffs at a site and date to be determined.
A&M Consolidated 3, Harker Heights 2 - At Harker Heights, the Tigers scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half and held on for a narrow win over the Knights. Ethan Roden scored off an assist by Johnee Jasso and Michael McNamara scored off an assist by Roden for Harker Heights (12-10, 7-6 12-5A).
Belton 13, Ellison 3, 6 inn. - At Belton, Austin Bishoff hit a three-run homer to get the Tigers started and finished with four RBIs on the night.
Jared Janczak had a solo shot in first and Shane Ward was 3 for-4 with a 2 RBIs.
Hunter Houston pitched five innings, gave up two hits and struck out nine and Ryan King had a walkoff RBI hit to end the game.
Temple 9, Shoemaker 6 - Raven Sauceda hit a lead-off home run and Joey Kraus hit a three-run homer in the seventh, but in between the Wildcats put the game out of reach.
Sauceda's home run in the bottom of the first inning tied the game at 1, but Temple scored three in the second and the Grey Wolves (2-13-1, 0-5 12-5A) ran out of time playing catch-up.
Salado 3, Burnet 2 - At Burnet, Cole Haag was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI to lead the Eagles to a District 25-3A-opening win over perennial playoff contender Burnet.
Regan Brazar allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out eight, and Salado (10-8, 1-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the third inning, added an insurance run in the sixth, and held on when the Bulldogs tried to rally with runs in the fourth and seventh.
Waco 4, Killeen 0 - Will Childers scattered seven hits over seven innings, but the Roos' offense continued to struggle in their second straight District 8-4A loss.
Childers struck out three and walked five but, offensively, Killeen (5-11-1, 0-2) had just two hits against the Lions and had just one of four baserunners get as far as second base.
The Lions (3-13, 1-1 8-4A) scored one in the first, one in the fourth and two in the seventh to pick up their first district win.
Gatesville 11, Waco Connally 1, 6 inn. - At Gatesville, the Cadets struck first, but the Hornets struck louder.
After Connally took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Gatesville (14-4, 1-1 19-3A) scored 11 unanswered, including six in the bottom of the sixth inning. Allan Watson had two hits and two RBIs and Tyler English struck out nine for the Hornets.
Llano 12, Lampasas 11 - At Lampasas, Cullen Singleton struck out nine and allowed one run on three hits, but his 5 1/3-innings of relief came too late.
Llano scored 11 of its 12 runs in the first two innings and the Badgers' rally fell short.
Micah Harry was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and six RBIs and Levi Malone was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Badgers (2-12, 0-1 25-3A) offensively.
Lampasas 5, Llano 4 - At Lampasas, the Lady Badgers jumped up 3-1 on the Lady Jackets but had to hold on for a one-run win.
Kady Crow had two doubles and an RBI in the win for Lampasas (16-6, 2-2 25-3A) and Tealey Farquhar added two hits.
Copperas Cove 12, Harker Heights 2 - At Copperas Cove, Irene Espinoza hit a home run and drove in four runs as the Lady Bulldawgs blew out the Lady Knights.
Rachel Jost added a pair of doubles and three RBIs for Copperas Cove (10-10, 2-4 12-5A) in the win.
Gatesville 11, Waco Connally 7 - At Gatesville, Allison Aslin was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, Lauren Nichols had four singles and the Hornets rallied to beat the Lady Cadets for their first District 19-3A win.
Gatesville (13-7, 1-2) scored four runs in each of the second and third innings to overcome a 5-3 first-inning deficit.
Evan Edmudston (8-4) relieved Sarah Ridling in the first inning and allowed four hits while striking out five and walking two to pick up the win on the mound.
Ellison 11, Belton 5 - At Ellison, the Lady Tigers outhit the Lady Eagles 9-5, but it didn't matter. Errors and walks proved to be Belton's undoing.
Ellison (8-7, 4-2 12-5A) only scored one earned run as the Lady Tigers (8-12, 1-4) made seven errors. Raven Jones had a two-run single for the Lady Eagles.
Stephenville 4, Killeen 3 - At Stephenville, a day after losing to Waco High 11-6, the Lady Roos went to Stephenville and blew a late three-run lead against the District 8-4A co-leading Honeybees.
The Lady Roos (4-7, 0-3 8-4A) scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, but Stephenville (16-4, 3-0) tied the game in the bottom of the inning and scored the game-winning run in the seventh.