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Lady Lion softball trounces Lancaster with early eruption

The Lady Lion varsity and JV softball teams opened district play on Tuesday night in Lancaster as each team quickly took care of business. It was actually the season opener for the JV squad.
Varsity Lady Lions 18
Lancaster Tigers 0
As is usually the case against Lancaster, the Lady Lions rapidly pulled away from the Tigers and then had to call off the dogs with the game long since decided.
Ennis (8-2, 1-0) scored 18 runs in the first inning and, for the final two innings, coach Rodney McNeill had his players bunt left-handed. If they did reach base, players were instructed to step off the base to speed up the pace in the total mismatch. In the first inning, however, the team was able to get some good work done.
“We ran the bases terribly in our tournament, so we spent about four hours on it Monday,” said McNeill.
“I knew we’d have a lot of balls in play and baserunners tonight, so it was an opportunity to show improvement in that part of the game. There’s nothing better than to have a live-game situation when you want to work on something.”
The Lady Lions finished with 13 hits, as the Tigers were the victims of a Whitney Quick no-hitter. The sophomore struck out seven in her three innings of work.
In fact, all of the starters were pulled from the game after the first except for Quick and catcher Kaitlyn Colunga.
Quick and Tori Davis led the Lady Lion offense with three singles and two RBIs apiece. Colunga connected on a two-run inside-the-park homer and added a single. Other Lady Lions with hits included Mary Boggan (triple, single, RBI), Sara Fincher (single, two RBIs), Emily Rejcek (single, two RBIs), Calleigh Morales (single, RBI) and Kaylee Adamcik (single).
“More than anything, Tori and Whitney were the ones that actually got strikes [to hit],” the coach said.
“We didn’t swing at anything out of the zone and had no strikeouts.”
Colunga’s homer was certainly a highlight of the game and McNeill said she wanted it a little more than most.
“Kaitlyn really wants to be one of the good runners on the team and works hard to improve in that regard,” he said.
“Lancaster was playing a little close and, when she hit that ball to the fence, there was definitely some internal motivation there. The girls had a good time tonight. They ran it up in the first inning and were ready to get out of there.”
Looking to the team’s second Ennis Tournament, on Thursday the Lady Lions face Terrell at 1:30 p.m. and Clear Creek at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, the opponents include Irving at 3 p.m. and Marble Falls at 5:15 p.m. On Saturday, the host team plays Mesquite at 3:30 p.m. and Kennedale at 5:30 p.m.
“We have three main things to work on right now – better mental preparation and being ready to go so teams don’t get up on us early; improving our baserunning; improve in some areas of our fielding – and we’ll keep working on them in preparation for our tournament. Hopefully we’ll be conscious of those things this weekend. If we force teams to earn everything they get, we’ll have a good chance to win.”

JV Lady Lions 16
Lancaster Tigers 4
The JV Lady Lions (1-0) scored six runs in both the first and third innings as they rolled over Lancaster to begin the season. Jamey Kelly led the offense with a triple as Taylor Garcia connected on a double.
Coach Tim Lawrence used a different pitcher in each of the three innings and was pleased with the group effort. Defensively, he was happy to see Garcia make an unassisted double play on a lineout at first base.
“We’ve got plenty of things to work on, but I was proud of what I saw for our first game,” Lawrence said.

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