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Lady Lions dominate Duncanville Panthers, 13-0

In a roller coaster of a home tournament, the Lady Lions were at their best on an extremely windy Saturday afternoon.
Playing through a sandstorm, Ennis (4-5) pounded out nine hits in a game that lasted just three innings as the Lady Lions run ruled the Duncanville Panthers, 13-0. Seven different players had hits and Tori Davis tossed a one-hit shutout in the victory.
“It was pretty bad conditions today, but we just had to fight through that,” said coach Rodney McNeill.
“You can’t control how bad an opponent might be. All you can do is go out there and put up runs on them.”
Sara Fincher (two RBIs) and Emily Rejcek each smacked a double and a single, while freshman Whitney Quick blasted a three-run homer on a rope to finish with four RBIs. Quick continued her offensive roll after homering against Wylie on Friday.
“I feel really confident in myself and proud to be able to help the team,” Quick said.
It’s exciting to play at this [varsity] level as a freshman and contribute. I just try to make good contact and get on base.”
It didn’t take long to see the Panthers were in trouble as leadoff hitter Samantha Stampley reached base on a throwing error while both Davis and Rejcek followed by getting on base after a dropped third strike. After Samantha Stampley scored on a wild pitch, Sara Fincher drove a two-RBI double down the right-field line. Emily Moser’s RBI line double to center made it 4-0 Ennis through one inning.
“As a team, the players can do a better job of watching our earlier at bats so each one is prepared when they see their first pitch,” McNeill said.
“Sara did look like she was ready to go at the plate with a good line-drive swing. Emily Moser puts the ball in play all the time and is having good at bats.”
Davis worked quickly through the bottom of the inning as she struck out two while first baseman Brittani Zhanel fielded a groundout.
“Tori and [catcher] Emily [Moser] knew our pitch selection needed to be geared toward forcing ground balls considering that anything hit in the air would be bad news,” the coach said.
Zhanel opened up the second by reaching base on an error and rapidly stole her way to third. With runners on the corners, Davis laid down an RBI sac bunt as Zhanel slid safely into home. Quick did the same immediately thereafter to allow Stampley to slide in for a 6-0 ballgame. Rejcek doubled to the fence in right center and Sara Fincher singled to put runners on the corners again, as Rejcek would make it 7-0 when the Panthers committed a fielding error on a Moser ground ball.
“Emily Rejcek swings at pitches out of the zone, but she’s a great bad-ball hitter,” McNeill said.
“Some people can do that.”
Ennis put the Panthers down quickly again in the bottom of the second thanks to two Davis strikeouts and Sara Fincher’s fielded groundout at second. Stampley legged out an infield single early in the third while Davis reached base on a throwing error to put runners on the corners for Quick. The freshman proceeded the crush a three-run shot over the fence in center as the lead ballooned to 10-0.
“From day one, Whitney has worked hard to do what I’ve asked,” McNeill said.
“She’s dedicated and has been pounding the ball this season.”
Rejcek followed with a single and Heather Fincher drove a standup RBI double off the right-field fence three batters later. Kaitlyn Colunga then finalized the score with a bloop two-RBI single to shallow right.
“Heather was the top hitter on her summer league team and I knew she had ability at the plate,” the coach said.
“She had been swinging at pitches out of the zone, but had a great at bat [earlier] where she drew a walk and I think that gave her some confidence on the big hit. An opportunity opened up in the lineup and Heather looks like she might take advantage of it.”
Ennis mercifully finished off the Panthers in the bottom of the inning as Samantha Cox fielded a groundout at third while shortstop Stampley and Davis also used their gloves to seal the deal.
“We were happy to get this win and everybody contributed,” Quick said.
“We need to cut down on our errors and come out fired up to play in every game.”
In Ennis’ final tournament game, they lost to a tough Plano squad by a 16-0 margin. The opportunity to get back on the winning track comes at home tonight against Kennedale at 7 p.m.
“Most of these kids haven’t played at a competitive level this high and so they have to learn what it takes to win,” McNeill said.
“They’ve come to realize how fast even one mistake can take you out of a game. When we win, they need to remember how we made it happen and understand why the game got away from us when we lose. You have to play at a certain level just to stay in it against good teams.”

Ennis (4-5) 4 3 6-13 9 0
Duncanville 0 0 0- 0 1 4
Lady Lion pitching: Tori Davis – 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 HBP, 4 SO
Lady Lion hitting: Sara Fincher – double, single 2 RBIs; Emily Rejcek – double, single; Whitney Quick – HR, 4 RBIs; Kaitlyn Colunga – single, 2 RBIs; Heather Fincher – double, RBI; Emily Moser – double, RBI; Samantha Stampley – single; Tori Davis – RBI

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