Herald staff reports
FLORENCE - Little River-Academy was in third place, Florence coach Leo McDaniel explained, until James McCorquodale's fifth-inning double.
McCorquodale's double plated the Buffaloes' go-ahead run, rallying Florence to a 4-3 win over Academy on Thursday.
Florence (9-6, 3-5 27-2A) trailed 3-0 after the Bees plated two runs in the fourth, but McCorquodale's double capped the Buffs' 4-run fifth inning.
Evelio Varela was 2-for-4 with a single and a triple and Dustyn Espinoza was 1-for-3. McCorquodale also struck out three and walked four on the hill for Florence, which plays at Lago Vista on Tuesday.
A&M Consolidated 7, Ellison 0 - At College Station, Alec Pardowski was 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers past the visiting Eagles.
Consolidated scored five runs in the second inning and Logan Howell pitched four shutout innings to preserve the win.
Temple 8, Copperas Cove 4 - At Copperas Cove, Cameron Dodd was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Wildcats to a win over the Bulldawgs.
Austin Greene was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a double for Copperas Cove (8-15, 4-5 12-5A).
Bryan 7, Shoemaker 1 - At Bryan, Austin Gallego only had one hit, but made it count, driving in three runs to lead the Vikings past the Grey Wolves (2-17-1, 0-9 12-5A).
Colin Fry had two hits and scored two runs for Bryan.
Reggie Penny drove in Shoemaker's only run.
Waco University 9, Killeen 3 - At Killeen, Daniel Vega and Andrew Ramos had back-to-back big hits in the fourth inning, but Killeen scored just one run and the Trojans scored five in the fifth to take advantage.
Vega hit a two-out solo home run that cut the Trojans early lead to 3-1 and Ramos followed with a ground-rule double that was almost a homer itself, but a flyout ended the Roos' (6-14-1, 1-5 8-4A) inning and University put the game away in the next frame.
Lorena 12, Gatesville 4 - At Gatesville, the Hornets led 3-0 after the first inning, but the Leopards scored 10 in the sixth to run away with the win.
Tyler English was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run for Gatesville (15-7, 3-3 19-3A) and Slayten Meyer and Allan Watson also drove in runs.
Burnet 12, Lampasas 2 - At Burnet, Ryan Baxter allowed just six runs on nine hits, but the Bulldogs took advantage of six errors and plated six unearned runs. Baxter threw the complete-game loss for Lampasas (3-16, 1-4 25-3A), which plays at Llano on Tuesday.
Belton 14, Harker Heights 0, 5 inn. - At Harker Heights, Alex Wilson and Skyler Stewart both had home runs as the Lady Tigers scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and run-ruled the Lady Knights (5-14, 2-8 12-5A).
Wilson drove in three runs and pitched a five-inning shutout, striking out five. Alyson Bishoff was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs for Belton (12-13, 5-5).
Bryan 11, Copperas Cove 0, 6 inn. - At Bryan, Meagan Kraatz was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs as the Lady Vikings dispatched the Lady Bulldawgs (16-10, 4-6 12-5A) in a six-inning run rule victory.
Taylor Curtis added three hits and two RBIs for Bryan (22-3, 9-1). Irene Espinoza, Rachel Jost and Elliana Doubleday all had hits for Copperas Cove.
Temple 7, Ellison 1 - At Temple, Lexi Smith racked up 12 strikeouts as she led the Tem-Cats to a win over the Lady Eagles (8-11, 4-6 12-5A).
Temple's pitcher allowed no earned runs on three hits and no walks over seven innings. Sarah Truelove, Kaegan Jimenez, Andelyn Irons and Taylor Valentin helped lead Temple (17-8-1). They combined for 10 hits and three RBIs.
A&M Consolidated 19, Shoemaker 6, 6 inn. - At Shoemaker, the Lady Grey Wolves scored five runs in the fourth inning, but gave up 10 in the sixth as they were run-ruled by the Lady Tigers (9-17, 8-2 12-5A).
Amber McBroom was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs for Shoemaker (1-17, 0-10).
Sarah Almand led A&M Consolidated at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Beth Ashley added three hits, three runs and three RBIs for Consol.
Waco 11, Killeen 1, 5 inn. - At Waco, the Lady Lions scored 10 runs after Killeen tied the game at 1 in the third inning to keep the Lady Roos winless in District 8-4A.
Olivia Lacewell was 1-for-3 with the Lady Roos' (4-11, 0-6 8-4A) only RBI and allowed five earned runs on nine hits inside the circle.
Lorena 4, Gatesville 1 - At Gatesville, Riley Latham turned a triple play and a double play, but the Hornets couldn't match their defensive effort with runs.
Latham caught a line drive, tagged a runner leading off third base and then threw out a runner at first for the triple play, but the Lady Leopards were eventually able to make their 10 hits count.
Gatesville (14-10, 2-5 19-3A) scored its only run in the fourth inning to tie the game, but the Lady Leopards scored the go-ahead run in the sixth and added two more in the seventh. Megan Chambers and Lauren Nichols were each 1-for-3.
Lampasas 4, Burnet 3 - At Burnet, Tealey Farquhar was 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Lady Badgers held off a late Lady Bulldog rally.
Burnet scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Lampasas (19-7) scored two runs in the second and a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Alex Caruthers, Hailey Morrison and Blake Webb all had two hits for the Lady Badgers.
Academy 17, Florence 0 - At Florence, the Lady Buffs (0-15, 0-11 27-2A) couldn't mount an offensive threat in the lopsided loss. Florence will be looking for its first win of the season when it travels to Lago Vista next Tuesday.
Badger golf teams lead 25-3A tourney
LAMPASAS - Playing on their hometown course, Carmen Gonzales and Byler Lindeman have the host Badgers sitting pretty in first place after the first day of the the District 25-3A golf tournament.
Gonzales, a three-time state qualifier, shot a first-round 79 to lead teammate Morgan Rogers by three strokes as the Lady Badgers took the top three spots overall and lead Salado in the team standings 332-356.
Lindeman, in third place overall after a first-round 73, is two shots behind freshman teammate Blake Graham, whose 71 is tied for first with Georgetown East View's Landon Carpenter. The Badgers lead Salado 295-316 entering the final day on Monday.
The Eagles were led by Dane Hankamer's 75, followed by a 77 from sophomore Kase Spears.
On the girls' side, Salado was led by Meredith Ward's 89 and Leah Ray's 90.