It took the 10th-ranked Brownwood Lady Lions half the game to solve Midland Christian pitcher Taylor Debose, but once that happened the runs piled up.
The Lady Lions tallied all of their runs in their final three trips to the plate en route to an 11-1 non-district victory Tuesday afternoon over the visiting Lady Mustangs.
“This was a good win to keep us on a roll and keep our momentum going,” said Lady Lions head coach Jessica Lynn. “It keeps us in a rhythm and we had a good feel for what we’re doing out there. I thought we played solid defense and we hit well once we got a little patient.”
Brownwood mustered just two hits through the first three innings, but came alive with a five-spot in the bottom of the fourth.
“Slow pitching is always our kryptonite,” Lynn said. “It took us a little bit, but once we stopped being so anxious we got some good, solid hits.”
Ashlynn Patteson began the frame with an infield single to second base, then Ayanna Clemons followed with a base hit to left field. Yisel Mendoza broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single up the middle that plated Patteson. Landry Holden’s RBI infield single followed, as Clemons scored the second run. Mendoza then came home on a wild pitch ahead of Ryleigh Dalleh’s fielder’s choice. With two down, Mya McDowell tripled home Dalleh, while Annie Gillispie singled in McDowell to cap the fourth-inning surge.
Brownwood extended its lead to 9-0 in the fifth as Patteson again singled to start the frame, Chyanne Ellett walked and Clemons singled to shallow center field to fill the sacks with no outs. Karly Harper’s RBI fielder’s choice knocked in Patteson, then Landry Holden singled home both Clemons and Lexie Castillo, running for Ellett. McDowell added an RBI fielder’s choice to score Harper before the inning ended.
Leading by nine after five innings, Lynn cleared the bench for the sixth inning.
“I like when I can get everybody in because you never know when injuries or something weird can happen and you have to put somebody new in,” Lynn said. “It was good to see them come up to face a pitcher like this who isn’t easy for us to hit and have several be successful.”
Midland Christian produced an unearned run in the top of sixth, and Brownwood answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
Aubrey Holden led off with a double, then Auzzlyn Benedict singled to center. Mendoza walked with one out to load the bases, then Maddie Yazell’s RBI ground out plated Aubrey Holden with the 10th run. The game ended when McDowell reached on a two-out error, allowing Benedict to tally the final run.
Ellett recorded the win in the circle, pitching five scoreless innings and yielding a pair of hits with 12 strikeouts. Benedict worked the sixth inning and gave up a run on two hits with a strikeout.
“Chyanne did a good job, she was consistent, kept the ball around the strike zone and got some weak contact,” Lynn said. “Some of their hits were off the end of the bat and just found a hole.”
The 5-4A front-running Lady Lions (16-3-1, 2-0) return to district action at 5 p.m. Friday as they visit Big Spring (11-3, 2-1), which fell out of a first-place tie after Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to Sweetwater.