The night was ripe for home runs with a strong wind blowing out to center field but not a single ball left the yard as the Ennis Lady Lions defeated host Waxahachie 10-4 in District 15-4A play Tuesday night at Lady Indian Field.
Ennis built a 7-0 lead and held Waxahachie to one hit through five before the Lady Indians struck for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a three-run game, 7-4, heading into the seventh inning.
With one away in the bottom of the sixth Ariel Ortiz reached on an error for Waxahachie before Marissa Hooper singled to left. With two on, Brooke Goad reached on an infield single resulting in a meeting in the circle for the Lady Lions.
Ennis recorded the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice at home plate before Kaitlyn O’Brien hit a chopper back to the circle but used her speed to reach base safely scoring the game’s first run for Waxahachie.
Senior first baseman Lauren Johnson was next for Waxahachie and had a golden opportunity to drive in some runs with the bases loaded. She cleared the bases with a two-out double to left center field to cut Ennis’ lead to three, 7-4, with one inning to play.
Ennis reached on an error with one away in the seventh before using three hits to score three runs to make a Waxahachie comeback nearly impossible.
Ortiz tripled with two away in the bottom of the seventh but was left at third as the game ended with Ennis on top by six.
Ennis (17-9) out hit Waxahachie 11-6 while leaving 10 runners on bases. Waxahachie left five runners on, four in scoring position.
Ennis freshman Taylor Maliska dominated the Lady Indians through the first five innings allowing just a double to Tori Kvapil in the third. She hit Ortiz to start the game but worked out of the jam by retiring the next three Lady Indians in order.
Maliska struck out six including the final batter of the game with runners on first and third. She hit two while not surrendering a walk to pick up the win.
Goad took the loss for Waxahachie as the team fell to 4-3 in district play with the end of the first half scheduled for Friday at Mesquite Poteet.
Poteet lost to Ennis 5-3 on Saturday but remains tied with the Lady Lions and Corsicana for second place in district as all three teams have 5-2 district records. Poteet’s first district loss came to Corsicana.
Forney defeated Corsicana 18-7 Tuesday in a battle of teams tied for first place entering the game. With the win Forney owns first place in district with a 6-1 record.
In the first round of district play Waxahachie picked up wins against Red Oak, Terrell, Lancaster and West Mesquite while falling to Forney, Ennis and Corsicana. A win Friday in Mesquite would put the Lady Indians in good position to earn a playoff berth as the second half of district play will begin Tuesday at Terrell.
JV tops Ennis 6-2
Jaymie Kendrick struck out five and picked up the win as the Waxahachie Lady Indians defeated Ennis 6-2 in junior varsity action Tuesday.
Ennis out hit Waxahachie 5-4 but the Lady Indians took advantage of several walks to take a lead in the bottom of the second and never look back.
Cassie Hayes walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning before scoring on a double by Victoria Pannill.
Ennis answered with two runs in the second before Waxahachie added five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-2 lead.
Jennifer Salazar walked to lead off the bottom of the second before Taylor Molengraaf singled and stole second. Katelynne Qualls walked to load the bases before Hayes walked to push Salazar across. With the bases still loaded Kendrick walked to score Molengraaf before Pannill singled to push across the fourth run.
Kealey Gardner doubled to drive in two and cap a big inning for Waxahachie. Salazar finished the game 1-for-1 while Hayes walked twice and scored on both occasions.