MINERAL WELLS — The No. 3 Brownwood Lady Lions appeared to be cruising toward a 4-0 start in District 7-4A softball action and 18th victory in their first 20 games, owning a 6-0 advantage heading to the bottom of the sixth inning.
Over their last two at-bats, however, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams erupted for seven runs — just three fewer than Brownwood had surrendered the entire season — as the Lady Lions suffered a stunning 7-6 loss Tuesday night.
Brownwood (17-2-1, 3-1), which had posted 13 shutouts in its 17 victories, had not allowed more than four runs in any game. Mineral Wells (12-9, 2-2) — which mustered just two hits over the first five innings — racked up four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning alone off Chyanne Ellett, who suffered just her second loss of the season. The first defeat was a 1-0 loss to Granbury, a game in which Ellett tossed a no-hitter in a losing effort.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, and Brownwood clinging to a 6-4 edge, consecutive singles by Amanda Blue and Zaniya Pruitt against Ellett plated the three runs needed for Mineral Wells to complete its rally.
Ellett surrendered seven earned runs on 11 hits — all singles — with 16 strikeouts and one walk. For the year, Ellett is 15-2 with 255 strikeouts and 23 walks and now owns 1,090 career strikeouts.
Offensively, the Lady Lions finished with a dozen hits — including a pair of home runs from Ellett, who drove in three runs. Yisel Mendoza generated three hits and two RBI while Ashlynn Patteson also tallied three hits and drove in a run. Annie Gillispie and Ayanna Clemons added two hits apiece.
Despite the loss, the Lady Lions still lead Mineral Wells, Godley (13-6) and Glen Rose (16-10, 2-2) by a full game in the race for the 7-4A championship. Brownwood begins the second half of league play Friday at Glen Rose, which it defeated 7-1 in the league opener on March 19.