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Following are Johnson County area-round playoff results from this weekend as county teams went 3-4 collectively, including Cleburne's win over Hallsville.

Godley's season ends with 10-inning loss in game 3

After Godley and Kennedale exchanged one-run wins in the first two games of their Class 4A area playoff series, the two teams needed extra innings to decide the series winner.

After three scoreless extra frames, Kennedale broke the game wide open with five runs in the top of the 10th inning for a 7-2 win in game 3 Saturday at Brewer to advance to the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals while Godley's season ends at 23-9-2.

In the 10th inning, Kennedale got a leadoff triple from Nevyn Johnson then a Ty Blocklyn RBI single gave Kennedale a 1-0 lead. Kennedale loaded the bases after a double and intentional walk, only for Hayden Swenson to hit a grand slam home run to turn a 3-2 lead into an insurmountable 7-2 lead.

Landry McKittrick drew a hit-by-pitch to put the leadoff runner on for Godley in the bottom of the 10th, but two flyouts and a groundout ended Godley's season.

Godley won game 1, 3-2, on Thursday night in Godley as a solo home run by McKittrick in the sixth inning proved to be the game winner.

In game 2, Kennedale staved off elimination with a 4-3 win Friday in Kennedale. Godley scored a run on a Peyton Thomas RBI double in the top of the seventh inning to tie it, 3-3, but Kennedale won it on a walk-off RBI triple to force game 3.

Grandview sweeps Rains

The Grandview Zebras are Class 3A area champions after a two-game sweep of Rains.

Grandview grinded its way to a 3-2 win Saturday to advance to the Class 3A Region II quarterfinals. The Zebras beat Rains, 7-3, in game 1 Friday night.

In game 1, Grandview scored three runs in the third to turn a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 lead then the Zebras tacked on another run in the fourth before Rains got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. The Zebras matched that run in the home half and added an additional insurance run in the sixtth inning before Rains plated two runs in the top of the seventh but the Zebras' lead was too much to overcome.

Grandview ace Ely Reeves pitched six innings with seven hits, one run and one walk allowed with four strikeouts for the game 1 win.

In game 2, Grandview scored a run in the top of the first inning and Rains tied it in the bottom of the second inning. From there, the two teams exchanged zeroes for the next five innings as the game was tied, 1-1, going into the seventh.

In the final inning, Mason Metzler reached on a Rains error and Donnie Dycus got on via a hit-by-pitch. Jacob Vernon hit a go-ahead RBI single before Reeves laid down a bunt to score Dycus for a 3-1 lead.

Rains didn't go quietly in the bottom of the seventh as it rallied with one run but Ryan Shaw got a strikeout to end it with the game-tying run 90 feet away at third base.

Now the Zebras will square off against Pottsboro in the Class 3A Region II quarterfinals next week. 

Alvarado falls in game 3 to Van Alstyne

After Alvarado took a 1-0 series lead over Van Alstyne with a 1-0 win Friday night, the Indians' season came to an end Saturday as Van Alstyne won games 2 and 3 with a pair a shutouts.

Van Alstyne recorded a 6-0 win in game 2 to force a decisive game 3, which ended in five innings as Van Alstyne rolled to 12-0 run-rule win to advance, ending Alvarado's season.

In the game 1 win, Alvarado received a stellar pitching performance from Kaden Stevens, who tossed a complete-game shutout with four hits and two runs allowed with five strikeouts. Ricardo Duran provided the offense with a solo home run in the first inning and Stevens made that one run stand.

In game 2, however, Van Alstyne jumped ahead early with three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-0 win.

In game 3, Alvarado was held to only two base hits and committed three errors in the season-ending loss.

Rio Vista's season ends vs. Valley Mills

Rio Vista's stellar 2022 season came to a halting end in a two-game sweep vs. Valley Mills in the Class 2A area playoffs.

Valley Mills grabbed a 1-0 series lead with a 12-2 win in five on Thursday before finishing things off with a 10-0 win in five innings Friday.

Rio Vista's historic season, which included the program's first district championship in more than two decades, ends with a 20-6 record, undefeated district title and bi-district championship.

Rio Vista was held to only one base hit in the two-game series.

In game 1, Rio Vista managed only one base hit and the Eagles committed six turnovers. Valley Mills scored three runs in the first inning and four in the second to take control with a 7-0 lead early.

In game 2, Valley Mills' Thomas Perez threw a no-hitter to lead the way as Valley Mills recorded 12 base hits in the five-inning win. Valley Mills held a 3-0 lead after three innings before pushing across three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

Burleson Centennial sweeps Granbury

The Burleson Centennial Spartans finished off a two-game sweep of Granbury on Friday to advance to the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals.

On Thursday, Centennial blew out Granbury in a 22-5 win for a 1-0 series lead before the Spartans completed the sweep with a 3-1 win Friday.

In game 1, Granbury struck first with two runs in the first inning but Centennial answered in the top of the second inning with four runs. After a scoreless third, the Spartans erupted for six runs for a 10-2 lead then Centennial doubled that six-run output with 12 runs in the fifth inning for the run-rule win.

Centennial leadoff hitter Matthew Stancliff had a monster game. He went 2-for-3 with five RBIs that included a three-run home run and two walks with three runs. Zach Applegate went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs, and River Curs was 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Stancliff, Applegate and Curs combined for 10 hits as they out-hit Granbury, 10-9.

Logan Taylor pitched all five innings for the Spartans with nine hits, two earned runs and no walks allowed with five strikeouts.

In game 2, the Spartans scratched across one run in the first inning, one in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 3-0 lead. Granbury pushed a run across in the seventh inning but couldn't rally to tie it.

Stancliff had another big game as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple with one RBI and one run.

Garrett McCoy pitched seven solid innings for the Spartans with only four hits, two walks and one run allowed with five strikeouts.

The Spartans advance to the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals and will face Aledo.

Elks' season ends vs. Aledo, again

For a second consecutive year, Burleson's season came to an end in the Class 5A area playoffs with a close loss to Aledo.

After falling in a two-game sweep to the Bearcats last year in a pair of one-run games, this year the Elks dropped a 6-4 decision in a one-game playoff Friday night.

Burleson jumped ahead early thanks to a three-run home run by Drue Saenz for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

After a scoreless second inning, Aledo scored all six of its runs in the third inning.

Burleson managed one run in the sixth inning as the Elks tried to rally but they were retired in order in the seventh inning.

Kyndall Cassidy was 2-for-3 with a walk, Jess Ackerman was 2-for-4 and Saenz was 1-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Elks.

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