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JV Lady Lions crush visiting Kennedale, 11-0

When a team’s only positive number in a box score comes in the error column, they’ve been dominated.
The JV Lady Lion softball team (2-4) had its way with the Kennedale Wildcats on Tuesday and fans who blinked when the Ennis defense was on the field may have missed it. That’s because Courtney Vandiver tossed a perfect game with 10 strikeouts. Jessica Arnold (double, single, RBI) and Demarie Mendez (single, 2 RBIs) led the way offensively as seven Lady Lions had hits.
“The team really hasn’t had a lot of practice time, but they came out and executed well,” said coach David Kilpatrick.
“Courtney threw a lot of strikes tonight and kept [Kennedale] off balance with her changeup. She really played well to come away with a no-hitter. It puts the team at ease when their pitcher is dominating and they can relax at the plate knowing a few runs will be good enough to win.”
Vandiver started fast as she struck out two in the first while shortstop Hayley Vyers fielded a groundout. In the bottom of the inning, Arnold got things going with a standup double on a fly to deep left field.
Three batters later, Vyers’ RBI sac fly to center made the score 1-0. Not done by a long shot, Ennis capitalized on a passed ball, a wild pitch and two errors as Jessica Benson, Mendez, Rachel Marrow and Reba Melkovitz all scored for a 5-0 lead.
“Jessica [Arnold] has been swinging the bat well and her first hit almost went out of the park,” Kilpatrick said.
Vandiver let her defense kick back in the second as she struck out the side.
“My slider and screwball were working well tonight, along with my changeup at times,” Vandiver said.
“We had a good offensive game and everybody was playing with a positive attitude. When Kennedale made mistakes we capitalized on them.”
Cheyenne Gibson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning and Rachel French followed with a bunt single. Gibson would eventually score on a passed ball for a 6-0 lead before the third out came as Vyers made the best contact of the night with a lineout to center.
“Rachel laid down a nice bunt and beat it out,” the coach said.
Once again in the third, Vandiver struck out the side. Ennis reeled off five-straight hits in the bottom of the inning as Amber Elliott, Tyanna Beasley, Marissa De La Cruz, Ashley Billings and Arnold all singled.
Most notable were the singles by Beasley, who came all the way home on two errors, and Arnold, who drove in a run. Ennis finalized the score two batters later when Mendez connected on a two-RBI line single to center for the 11-run lead.
“Demarie was out in front of their pitcher a little bit early on, but she waited on one and got a good base hit for us to drive in a couple of runs,” Kilpatrick said.
“Beasley, Billings, Elliott and De La Cruz all came off the bench and produced hits. That’s big for us because everybody gets to play and we’re still productive. We’ll continue to work hard to improve, especially at the plate with our bunting and some situational defense.”
In the fourth, Kennedale came close to a hit with a grounder to Vandiver as she made a throw to first and second baseman Billings was able to hold onto the ball despite a big collision with the baserunner. Vandiver then fanned the next two batters to ensure that the Wildcats would go hitless.
The JV Lady Lions will open district play on Friday in Lancaster at 5 p.m.
“We can improve defensively and encourage each other more, but we’ll definitely be ready to win our district opener in Lancaster,” Vandiver said.

R H E
Kennedale 0 0 0 0-0 0 5
Ennis JV 5 1 5 X-11 8 0
Lady Lion pitching: Courtney Vandiver – 4 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 10 SO
Lady Lion hitting: Jessica Arnold – double, single, RBI; Demarie Mendez – single, 2 RBIs; Rachel French / Amber Elliott / Tyanna Beasley / Marissa De La Cruz / Ashley Billings – single; Hayley Vyers – RBI

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