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JV Lady Lions roll over Lancaster, 12-0

Just like their varsity counterparts, the JV Lady Lions dominate from start to finish when they step on the softball diamond against Lancaster.
Ennis steadily built its lead on Wednesday to bring about a 12-0 run rule in four innings. Jessica Arnold tossed a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts, while both she (double, single, three RBIs) and Cheyenne Gibson (triple, two singles, RBI) swung hot bats against Tiger pitching.
“This group is getting a lot of experience and improving with each game,” said coach Rodney McNeill.
“Offensively we hit the ball pretty well overall. Jessica did a good job and kept on battling [in the circle]. There were a couple of times where she walked multiple batters, but she was able to comeback with a strikeout or a groundout to get out of trouble.”
Arnold disposed of the Tigers herself in the first with a couple of strikeouts and a fielded groundout. Gibson led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single. Arnold’s RBI single, a fielding error and a throwing error put Ennis up 3-0 through one.
“We expect to be very successful against [Lancaster] and I thought we played pretty well,” Gibson said.
“I just try to play my hardest and hustle on every play, which is important as a catcher.”
After striking out two to begin the second inning, Arnold issued a trio of walks to load the bases. She overcame the threat by fielding a groundout to put the visitors away.
Gibson also produced the first hit of the second inning with another infield single and reached second on a throwing error as her speed paid off once again. Three batters later, Hayley Vyers’ RBI single gave Ennis a 6-0 lead and a passed ball made it 7-0 through two innings.
“Cheyenne is swinging the bat really well and it’s good to get her back from injury for her offense as well as her catching [behind the plate],” McNeill said.
In what was nearly an identical situation to the previous inning, Arnold struck out the first two batters before two walks and Lancaster’s lone hit (single) loaded the bases. This time the pitcher came up with a strikeout to preserve the shutout.
“Jessica made the big pitches when we needed them,” the coach said.
Gibson sparked her team for the third-straight inning with an RBI triple to right that scored Alexis Morales (walk). Arnold soon produced the game’s biggest hit with a two-RBI double on a fly to deep left field for a 10-0 advantage. A passed ball and Amber Elliott’s RBI single to center made it 12-0 through three.
“I’ve had a couple of homers this year, but both of my only three-hit games so far have come against Lancaster,” Gibson said.
“As a team, our hitting and defense can always improve.”
“Jessica came up with a couple of big hits and it’s important as a pitcher to help yourself out,” McNeill said.
Arnold easily put the Tigers away in her final inning of work with two strikeouts and a fielded groundout. It’s impressive to note that she was actually responsible for all 12 defensive outs for Ennis. The Lady Lions didn’t score in their final at bat despite a leadoff infield single by Tyanna Beasley, but with a double-digit lead the game was decided much earlier for all intents and purposes.

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