Ranked first in their district, the Aledo Lady Bearcats are making quite the campaign this season as they push full steam ahead towards the playoffs. The Lady Bearcats have played excellently both defensively and from the dish all season to stay at the top of their game no matter who they are facing.
The Lady Bearcats have lost only three games this season. Two of those games were non-district matches against Lake Ridge (9-3) and Coronado (9-4) while the other came in a close 5-4 district matchup against Granbury. Aledo has since faced Granbury and came out victorious. Sophomore pitcher, Nathalie Touchet tossed 15 strikeouts in the 9-2 win over the Pirates last week. Earlier in the season, Touchet pitched a 10-strikeout, no-hitter game against Wichita Falls for a 14-0 shut-out win.
Ladycat a win over Wichita Falls 14-0!!! @natouchet18 throws a shut out no hitter with 10Ks pic.twitter.com/0m5t14KeSy
— Ladycat Softball (@LadycatSoftbal1) March 27, 2021
With Touchet's pitching combined with junior Kayleigh Smith's stellar pitching, the Lady Bearcats have been able to show defensive strength all season. Smith tossed a perfect game against Wichita Falls in March with six strikeouts in a 10-0 win. The offense has also been shining with bombs all season from Smith, Touchet, Marissa Powell, Allison Mallard, and more!
Bomb Squad tonight!!! 💥 💣 @natouchet18 @_kaykaylucas_ @marissakpowell @YourTCN @BearcatsofAledo @AledoAthletics @DFWfastpitch pic.twitter.com/zageXHpvMf
— Ladycat Softball (@LadycatSoftbal1) March 7, 2021
Currently on a five-game win-streak, Aledo has outscored their opponents by over 100 runs and the Lady Bearcats show no signs of slowing down as they inch closer and closer to the end of the season with only three games left until playoffs.
Catch Aledo's next game at home on Friday, April 9 against Azle. First pitch is set for 5:00 pm.
On Thursday. January 28, the vote was counted and the decision was made. Aledo's star, JoJo Earle, would receive the Landry Award on Saturday, January 30, during the televised award show. Aledo ISD shared a photo of Earle with the award on their twitter account:
We think that trophy looks pretty good with @jojoearle1, don't you? Congrats JoJo Earle, this years Landry Award winner as the top HS football player in North Texas! Watch @CBSDFW at 10:25 pm tonight for a recap and the full show at 11 pm Saturday night. #growinggreatness #won10 pic.twitter.com/O0rX3t93M7
— Aledo ISD (@AledoISD) January 29, 2021
The 4-star recruit who contributed heavily in leading the Bearcats program to their UIL record-breaking 10th championship (second three-peat in 12 years and 7th title in 10). "Winning an award like this is a huge accomplishment for me knowing who Tom Landry was and the people who won it in the past," the Alabama-signee said. "It's definitely a good way to end my high school career."
Earle is the second Bearcat to win the prestigious award- the first being Johnathan Gray who won the award back-to-back in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
In his senior season, Earle finished with 87 carries for 591 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as 61 receptions for 1,007 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers allowed the star to finish his high school career at Aledo with over 5,000 yards and 66 touchdowns.