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Lady Lion softball splits Thursday home tournament games

The Lady Lions played two very different teams on Thursday in their second home tournament and their results varied accordingly.
Ennis (9-3) crushed a Terrell Tiger team it had already beaten this season and lost to an undefeated (9-0) 5A Clear Creek squad that played at a high level in all phases.

Ennis 13
Terrell 1
Having already defeated Terrell 10-1 this year, the Lady Lions played better in the rematch and dominated to a greater extent – scoring nine first-inning runs in a game that was called in the third. Ennis out-hit Terrell 14-3 as the Tigers committed the lone error.
“We just came out pounding the ball and there really wasn’t anything they could do against the first eight batters,” said coach Rodney McNeill.
“Our top eight are all batting over .400, so teams can’t pitch around anybody. Their pitcher was throwing decent, but we made them quit and it was never a ballgame. I was pleased with the way we played like it was 0-0 until the game was over.”
Kaylee Adamcik led the offensive onslaught with three singles and two RBIs, while Kaitlyn Colunga blasted her third homer of the year and added a two-RBI single. Calleigh Morales (triple, double, three RBIs), Tori Davis (triple, single, two RBIs) and Sara Fincher (two singles, RBI) also had multi-hit games. In three innings of work, Davis allowed four hits and struck out four.
It actually looked as if Terrell might make it a game early with a three-hit first inning and a 1-0 lead on an RBI single, but Davis fanned her third Tiger with the bases loaded to get off the field. Morales led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and stole two bases as the floodgates opened. Adamcik (single, RBI single), Davis (two-RBI triple, single), Whitney Quick (RBI double), Fincher (RBI single, single), Colunga (two-RBI single) and Morales (two-RBI triple) exploded for a 9-0 lead before Terrell could end the onslaught.
“When Kaylee keeps the ball on the ground, she’s going to get on base most of the time with that speed,” McNeill said.
“Tori is a great hitter who’s always prepared at the plate. Sara is staying hot and is a key reason we’re a better offensive team so far this year.”
Davis sat the Tigers down in order during the second as the Ennis offense got back to work. Colunga stepped to the plate first and launched the ball beyond the center-field fence. Samantha Cox (double), Morales (RBI double), Adamcik (RBI single) and Emily Rejcek (two-RBI double) all put bat on ball to finalize the lopsided score.
“It feels really good to get some home runs early in the year knowing that last season was tough for me and that I’ve got a lot of games left to hit some more,” Colunga said.
“Even though Terrell scored a run early, we stayed positive and really came out hitting the ball. Our baserunning was better today and that helped us have a great start. Our hitting as a team has improved so much this year and coach has the lineup perfect where our fast runners get on base so the big hitters can bring them in.”
“Kaitlyn is a different player this year offensively,” the coach added.
“She’s been a force and it’s a credit to her dedication to improve.”
Terrell managed a single in the third, but Davis retired the other three batters to ice the win.
“Tori was hitting her spots and they couldn’t touch her out there,” Colunga said.

Ennis 0
Clear Creek 3
The 5A Clear Creek Lady Cats are undefeated so far this season and it was obvious why on Thursday night. Clear Creek brought stout pitching and defense to the table with opportune hitting as it scored runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings. The Cats out-hit Ennis 7-4, yet also committed more errors (3-1).
“I think Clear Creek is probably the best team we’ll face in the regular season,” said McNeill.
“I felt like our girls competed and didn’t back down one bit. A defensive play here or a pitch there could’ve made a big difference. We played at a high level, but we needed several extraordinary plays to beat that team.
“Clear Creek made a handful of those special plays to put them over the top and their pitcher got stronger as the game went along. Their first baseman also saved a couple of runs.”
Morales had another outstanding game at the plate, connecting on half of Ennis’ hits with a double and a single. Fincher also doubled while Davis produced a late single.
In five innings of work, Brittani Zhanel allowed six hits while striking out three. Davis fanned two and allowed a single hit in the last two innings.
The Cats got a triple out of their second batter in the first and scored on an error when a throw from home hit the runner and enabled her to speed to the plate. Clear Creek tried for more, but first baseman Quick scooped a ground ball and fired it to Colunga for an out at the plate.
While Morales doubled to deep left for an outstanding Ennis offensive start, the next three batters struck out.
“That was huge for Whitney and Kaitlyn to get that out at that point in the game,” McNeill said.
“Calleigh has a very high ceiling and isn’t near her full potential. I’ve got a leadoff hitter for the next four years who’s an incredible athlete and she’s done enough to prove this isn’t beginner’s luck.”
Ennis benefited from consecutive errors by the Clear Creek second baseman in the bottom of the second, but ended up stranding runners at second and third. Adamcik made an absolutely fantastic play in right field in the Cats’ third, hauling in a high foul on the fence and holding on despite hitting her face on the barrier in the process.
As Colunga caught her own foul pop in the inning, Cox was on her toes to catch a bunt in the air for a third impressive out by the Ennis defense.
“That was an outstanding play by Kaylee and she’s getting better with every game,” McNeill said.
“Samantha did a great job and made several excellent plays at third base.”
Clear Creek used doubles followed by RBI singles to finalize the score in the fourth and fifth innings respectively.
The final score was a bit deceiving, as the opportunities were there for Ennis with runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings. The Lady Lions face Irving today at 3 p.m. and then Marble Falls at 5:15 p.m.
“A couple of people will have to make some hitting adjustments for Friday,” McNeill said.

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