26 May, 2022
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is rich with athletes who excel at their sport. As baseball and softball playoffs heat up, there are still some schools who have multiple teams that continue to inch closer and closer to state. One of those schools is Aledo as the Bearcats prepare to take on Abilene Wylie in the Regional Semifinals and the Lady Bearcats prepare to go up against Lubbock Monterey in the Regional Finals. VYPE DFW takes a deeper look at both teams' seasons so far and lays out what fans can expect in this week's round of playoffs for Aledo.
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Aledo Lady Bearcats Softball (31-2, 10-0) - Regional Finals
The Aledo Lady Bearcats ended their season in a heartbreaking fashion last year with a 4-1 playoffs loss against Barbers Hill. Coming into this season, the team regrouped and entered the preseason with a bang taking down opponent after opponent. Then, in district play, the Lady Bearcats continued their dominance with victories over Fort Worth Brewer, Wichita Falls Rider, Granbury, Azle, and more to finish district play with an undefeated district record.
In playoffs, the Lady Bearcats have shut down the attacks of Denton Ryan (14-3, 12-1), Mansfield Legacy (12-1, 13-1), Colleyville Heritage (4-1, 10-0), and Abilene Wylie (14-2, 7-3). The Lady Bearcats have outscored their opponents in playoffs by a combined 86-12.
Headed into the Regional finals on a 22 game win streak, the Lady Bearcats are more than prepared to take on Lubbock Monterey. Led by Macy Graf, Marissa Powell, Texas Ray, and others- the Lady Bearcats offense has been phenomenal not only at getting on base, but stealing and scoring as well. Fans can expect the team to play strategic offense in order to help the defense play without worrying.
Game one of the series is set to begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th at Abilene Christian University with game two being set for 10 a.m on Friday at the same venue. If a game three is necessary, it will be played immediately following game two.
Aledo Bearcats Baseball (23-8, 7-2) - Regional Semifinals
The Bearcats played a tough season last year, but ultimately fell. After a focused off-season, with a goal of being at the top this season, the Bearcats pushed into preseason play ready to never go down without a fight. This season, Aledo has posted incredible wins over Southlake Carroll, Lubbock Cooper, Weatherford, South Grand Prairie, Mansfield Lake Ridge, and more. After successful district play, Aledo entered playoffs with a vengeance.
So far in playoffs, Aledo has ended he seasons of Denton (6-2, 9-4), Burleson (6-4), and Burleson Centennial (4-0, 3-0). On a seven game win streak, the team looks to continue to advance in playoffs as they prepare to take on Abilene Wylie in the Regional Semifinals. Fans can expect Aledo to play with the same amount of force that they have been all season. With the ability to read other offenses and adjust wherever needed, Aledo's defense can be expected to step up and pave a path to the next round.
Game one of the series is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th at Weatherford College. Game two will be played at 1 p.m on Friday at Abilene Christian. If game three is necessary, the team will play at Iowa Park on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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Photo by Bradley Collier
Bay Area Christian School's Michael Tweed pops up all over the campus.
He could be found in the wrestling mat room, the baseball diamond or the band hall. Tweed has signed to play baseball at Sterling College and was a member of the 2021 TAPPS State Title baseball team.
At the same time, he is the drum major for the band and is a talented saxophonist.
What can this kid not do?
VYPE: You were involved with band, wrestling and baseball at BACS. What was it like being a part of all three?
TWEED: At the end of the day, I was motivated by the fact that I really enjoy all of my pursuits. I was very fortunate that my parents encouraged me to try new things. They also encouraged me to set high academic performance standards so that doors would be open later on in college. This was also something that had to be factored into my personal time management equation.
VYPE: What did you learn from being the drum major for the band?
TWEED: It was a gratifying accomplishment. My father’s side of my family has deep musical roots including marching band. My grandfather was actually a high school band director and he discussed the importance of the drum major’s role many times. I applied for consideration as drum major for my senior year and attended a really great drum majors band camp. It opened my eyes to a lot of things, including how an effective leader is responsible for the actions of others and how leadership can inspire the performance of others in a team setting.
VYPE: What does it mean to you to be getting to play college baseball?
TWEED: It is a huge thrill and really means a lot. I have always wanted to play college ball, but also needed to find a school that could accommodate my academic goals – I’m looking to major in biology with a minor concentration in chemistry – as well. Having the opportunity to continue playing music is another huge bonus I was looking for. My goal was to find a school offering the same full range of activities that I have grown accustomed to while at Bay Area Christian although my athletic goal will be focused on only one sport this time. Sterling College turned out to be my best option to pursue all the activities I wanted to participate.
VYPE: What did you enjoy the most about attending Bay Area Christian?
TWEED: Attending Bay Area Christian School has been an opportunity of a lifetime. The entire experience has been filled with numerous blessings and many fond memories. The school has a relatively small student body that is more like a close-knit family, so it is a very supportive environment. It is a place where classmates are always rooting for you. I have so many great memories from the classroom, band, swimming, wrestling and baseball, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be the last game of the 2021 season when I was behind the plate catching the TAPPS Division III Championship Game, which we won. It took a while to realize what we had accomplished, since it was the very first State Championship in any boys’ sport in our school’s history, but looking back it was really amazing.
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