Brownwood pitcher Chyanne Ellett added another no-hitter to her collection, as the No. 10 Lady Lions wrapped up the first half of District 5-4A softball action with a 2-0 home victory over Snyder Monday afternoon.
The Lady Lions (17-4-1, 3-1) moved into a tie with Big Spring (12-3, 3-1) — which knocked off Brownwood, 8-7, in eight innings Friday — atop the league standings with the victory.
“We've done a good job the first half, we've come out and had to battle every game, we haven't had a big lead in any game,” said Lady Lions head coach Jessica Lynn. “We've had to battle each game, each inning and fend off the other team because they've been so close. We're battled-tested and I'm excited to see what the second half brings.”
Ellett walked four batters and hit another, but struck out a dozen and left five base runners stranded. Snyder's best scoring opportunity occurred in the top of the first inning as Maria Jaramillo was hit by a pitch and Zowie Rodriguez walked with one out, but both runners were left on base.
“We needed Chyanne to be sharp and on her game today because we knew this pitcher was going to be tough for us,” Lynn said. “Chy did a good job and kept them off balance. It looked like her pitches were moving pretty good and she did a good job.”
Brownwood finished with seven hits and tallied a run in the first inning and an insurance run in the sixth.
“Their pitcher (Braylei Pylant) did a good job of keeping us off balance,” Lynn said. “With the slower speed and the movement of her pitches, we did a good job to be able to get two runs scratched across. I think we only had one 1-2-3 inning, other than that we got somebody on every other inning. We did a good job, we just needed more hits with runners on. But we got what we needed and I thought it was a good overall win.”
In the bottom of the first, leadoff batter Annie Gillispie singled off Pylant's leg. Aubrie Harris followed with a bunt single, then was tagged out rounding first. Ashlynn Patteson followed by reaching on a bloop single that moved Gillispie to third. Ayanna Clemons then came through with an RBI bloop infield single, which plated Gillispie.
Brownwood's sixth inning featured a leadoff single by Ellett, and courtesy-runner Lexi Castillo moved to second on a sac bunt by Clemons. Castillo then moved to third on wild pitch and scored on an RBI ground out by Aubrey Holden.
The Lady Lions begin the second half of district action at 5 p.m. Thursday when they host Abilene Wylie (8-10, 1-2), which they defeated in the district opener, 4-1.