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Montgomery fans 15 in Ennis’ shutout win at Corsicana

It took a while for the Ennis offense to get going on Thursday night in Corsicana, but the Tiger bats rarely introduced themselves to the baseball at all.
The Lions (13-3-1, 3-1) sandwiched a three-run fifth inning in between single-run fourth and seventh innings for a 5-0 victory. Ennis out-hit Corsicana 7-1 and committed fewer errors (3-1). Coach Kevin Kalinec wasn’t pleased with nine strikeouts by his Lions, but Weston Montgomery (7 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 HBP, 15 SO) sat down nearly every Tiger he faced in a dominant performance.
“I’m pleased with the victory outside of the way we swung the bat early on,” Kalinec said.
“We let [Corsicana] think they could play with us for a while. Weston was in total control [on the mound] the whole night with a great effort. Corsicana hit one ball hard – a line drive to right field we caught – and only put two balls in the outfield.
“Weston’s curveball was very sharp. We’ve just got to work on his changeup; that was the only pitch he gave up a hit on.”
Montgomery led the Ennis offense with two doubles as he scored three runs.
Chris Lewis (double, single, two RBIs) also had a multi-hit game, while Jon Lewis (RBI), Seth Zhanel and Edward Ortiz each singled. Ennis scored two runs on Tiger errors.
Corsicana starting pitcher Justin Knight, brother of former Ennis JV pitcher Cody Knight, did his best to keep the game close for a while.
“[Knight] wasn’t throwing especially well; we were just swinging at bad pitches,” Kalinec said.
“Tonight the middle of the order struggled, but the top and bottom of the order picked them up. That’s what we have to do.”
Though the Tigers didn’t score at all, opportunities were there early. Corsicana had a runner on third with no outs in the first, but Montgomery rose to the challenge with consecutive strikeouts and a fielded groundout. They put another runner on third in the third inning, but Montgomery had an answer once again.
With a 0-0 game through three, Montgomery doubled to open the Ennis fourth and the ensuing Chris Lewis RBI double proved to be the game winner.
“Weston and Chris both had good offensive games,” the coach said.
“Things finally started rolling after Weston’s double with seven hits for us in the last four innings.”
Though the Lions quickly garnered two outs in their fifth, it proved to be Ennis’ most productive inning. Ortiz got the ball rolling with a single, then Jon Lewis followed with an RBI single as Corsicana also committed a throwing error on the play.
After a Montgomery walk, Chris Lewis drove in another run with an RBI single.
Rusty Collins would reach base on an error to score Montgomery for a 4-0 lead.
“I think we’ve fixed a flaw in Jon’s swing because he hit the ball hard all night outside of the Texas-leaguer single he had,” Kalinec said.
“Rusty’s stats didn’t look good on paper, but he was trying to be a team player with runners on base by hitting to the right side – so I thought his approach at the plate was good.”
Just like the fourth inning, a Montgomery double sparked the Lion offense in the seventh. Collins drew a walk, then Matt Gunn put the ball in play as Montgomery headed home on an error to finalize the score.
“Our defense was much improved tonight with just one error, and it was iffy,” Kalinec said.
“We do need to work on our hitting so that we can put together a complete game as we did early in the season.”
Ennis will resume district play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at home against Red Oak. Tonight brings a 6 p.m. matchup with Mesquite at the Ballpark in Arlington, where admission is free to the public.
“The kids know the most important game we have coming up is Red Oak on Tuesday so we can get to 4-1 in district,” Kalinec said.
“Friday is all about the players having fun and getting everybody on the field, but we’re still looking to win the ballgame.”

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