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Queens of the ring

Mark Warde

editor@ennisdailynews.com

The Belinda Carlisle tune in 1988, Circle in the Sand, had nothing to do with the pitching circle in girls

softball, but it was a love song. In Ennis, where people love their softball, it is no secret that a team’s

success is directly related to those who operate inside the circle in the sand.

Last year’s team advanced four rounds in the playoffs on the strength of the district’s top pitcher. The

year before it was Taylor Maliska, an all-state hurler, who led the Lady Lions to the championship

game.

Fast-pitch softball is a pitcher’s game. Since there is just 46 feet from the pitching rubber to the plate,

and, combined with an average speed of 53-57 mph, the reaction time for batters is slight.

Coming off of a 23-6 season with seven of nine starters returning, including the pitching staff, struggles

were not anticipated. However, three early season tournaments against some very stout opponents,

many from Class 6A, left the Lady Lions pitching trio feeling anything but confident.

A potent arms race also developed control issues.

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