Ellett tosses no-hitter, fans 14; Brownwood faces Wylie at 6 p.m. Friday at ACU in seeding game
A share of the District 5-4A softball championship belongs to the No. 9 Brownwood Lady Lions, and the league’s top playoff seed is their next goal.
The Lady Lions halved the district championship with Abilene Wylie thanks to Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Snyder Lady Tigers in the regular season finale. Brownwood (24-3, 7-1) and Abilene Wylie (21-7, 7-1) will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Abilene Christian University to determine the district’s No. 1 and No. 2 playoff seeds.
“One of the goals the girls had from the beginning of the season was to be district champs, so this is pretty exciting for them,” said Lady Lions head coach Jessica Lynn. “It’s something important to them, something they really wanted to get. They were excited, but not overly excited because they have the game against Wylie and it’s important for them to get the No. 1 seed.”
Chyanne Ellett, who tossed a five-inning perfect game against Sweetwater on April 7, hurled a seven-inning no-hitter against Snyder Tuesday. In the first meeting between Brownwood and Snyder, Ellett struck out 16 but allowed eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs, in a 10-8 victory. Ellett fanned 14 batters Tuesday and allowed only a pair of walks.
“Two of her last three games have been a perfect game and a no-hitter, so when she gets in the zone she has been really good,” Lynn said. “Hopefully we’ll continue to see that in the playoffs and when her control isn’t as good, let the defense work behind her. But today she was phenomenal and wanted to get a win for the seniors.”
The only run Snyder (13-18, 0-8) scored came in the top of the third inning as Maeghan Medrano walked with one out and scored when Alyssa Benitez reached on a two-out throwing error.
All of Brownwood runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the first inning.
Ayanna Clemons and Annie Gillispie both walked against Medrano, then Victoria Sanchez was hit by a pitch with one out to load the bases. Emily Perez followed with an RBI fielder’s choice for the second out, but Clemons scored on the play. Alexis Larrea then ripped a two-RBI double to the gap in left-center field to extend the lead to 3-0. Kayla McFarden followed with a bloop RBI single to shallow center field, which brought home Larrea with the final run.
“We came out ready to go in the first inning with our bats, and then Chyanne took care of the rest in the circle,” Lynn said. “You always want to score runs in the first inning and put the other team in a hole and make them fight. Once we saw Snyder was hitting Chyanne, I think our girls put it in cruise control.”
Brownwood finished with seven hits — two each by Larrea and McFarden and one apiece by Gillispie, Sanchez and Danyelle Gongora.