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Lady Lion softball tramples Tigers, 20-0

It’s not a question of if a victory will come against Lancaster softball; it’s a matter of what the margin of victory will be.
For the second time this season, Ennis (14-10, 5-2) throttled the Tigers 20-0 in three innings of play. With that being said, coach Rodney McNeill was looking for more consistent offensive production throughout the lineup as only three Lady Lions had multiple hits with every starter seeing at least three at bats.
“If our mechanics had been at their best, we could’ve gone 3-3 throughout the lineup,” McNeill said.
“We’re capable of that; so it’s just a matter of making it happen. Teams striving to reach a championship level go through a maturing process and we’re in the middle of it right now.
“This wasn’t about competing against Lancaster; it was about the things we’re trying to accomplish as they fit into a game. I think the girls are aware of that and they knew we were 20 runs better than this team coming in. This game isn’t a blow-off; it’s a great exercise in seeing adjustments that have to be made and then doing it.”
Tori Davis easily tamed the Tiger lineup with a no-hit shutout and six strikeouts in her three innings of work in the circle. Emily Moser (double, single, four RBIs), Davis (two singles, two RBIs) and Samantha Stampley (double, single, RBI) led the offensive onslaught with two hits apiece.
“We’ve been working on our hitting lately and didn’t really execute very well [offensively] tonight,” Moser said.
“I felt like I hit pretty well, but I still have room for improvement.”
Davis issued a walk to begin the game and proceeded to fan the next three batters. She led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single while Brittani Zhanel followed with a fly double to right center. Ennis went up 2-0 on Whitney Quick’s towering two-RBI double off the left-field fence.
“Whitney was so far in front of that pitch and she still put it off the fence with her strength,” McNeill said.
“If she would’ve waited a bit longer, it would’ve been over by 20 feet.”
Stampley scored on a passed ball and Quick followed on a throwing error for a 5-0 game. It wasn’t long before Moser connected on a line single up the middle and scored on a passed ball. Davis pushed the lead to 7-0 with a two-RBI single to left field.
After Davis sat the Tigers down in order in the second, Ennis produced runs like they were going out of style in the bottom of the inning. Stampley led off with a line single up the middle and Moser later cleared the bases with a three-RBI double to left center.
“Against a pitcher like this you need to be trying to hit singles up the middle,” McNeill said.
“Emily and Samantha both had good offensive games with shots up the middle.”
Emily Rejcek (single) and Kaitlyn Colunga (RBI) contributed to the box score as Ennis poured it on. Stampley came up again in the inning and her RBI double to right center pushed the lead to 15-0. Sara Fincher followed with a two-RBI double to center as a Moser RBI groundout made the score 18-0.
The final runs came on Heather Fincher’s RBI bunt single and Brittani Zhanel drawing a walk with the bases loaded. McNeill mercifully brought an end to the 13-run inning when he made a baserunner leave third early for the final out. Davis struck out two in the third while Sara Fincher fielded a groundout at second to finish beating the stripes off the Tigers.
Ennis will now travel to Midlothian on Friday at 7 p.m. for an enormous district battle with the Panthers. The Lady Lions won the first meeting at home, 2-1.
“We’ve got to come out in the first inning on Friday and jump on [Midlothian] quickly,” Moser said.
“With a good start we should be able to pull it out. If we can get a road win in Midlothian that will definitely be a big confidence booster for us.”
McNeill is all about his team as opposed to wondering what Midlothian will bring to the table.
“We’ve gone over the Midlothian scouting report all week and the girls know what they have to do,” the coach said.
“If we execute we’ll be in the ballgame and if we don’t we won’t; it’s as simple as that.
“Hopefully we’ll focus on what we need to do and not who the opponent is.”

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