The No. 6 Brownwood Lady Lions inched their way closer to a District 7-4A softball championship Tuesday, stretching their league lead to 1.5 games over second-place Mineral Wells with just two outings remaining, thanks to a 9-0 home victory over the Godley Lady Cats.
The Brownwood (19-2-1, 5-1) offense belted out 14 hits and scored in five of six innings, and Chyanne Ellett tossed a three-hit shutout as the Lady Lions remained alone atop the 7-4A standings with their most dominant performance in league play.
“I thought it was a well-played game on our side,” said Lady Lions head coach Jessica Lynn. “We played very good defensively and we made solid contact offensively, drove the ball well and had a lot of base runners.”
The shutout was the 15th of the season for the Lady Lions, who have not surrendered a run since a stunning 7-6 district loss at Mineral Wells on April 2.
Against Godley (13-8, 2-3), Ellett yielded a triple, two singles and walked one, but struck out 15 and left all four base runners stranded. Behind Ellett, the Brownwood defense was flawless in the field.
“Chyanne did a good job but it probably wasn’t her best stuff tonight,” Lynn said. “She battled and good pitchers find a way to get people out when they don’t have their best stuff. You could tell she was battling a little bit, but she did a good job of finding her stuff and getting strikes when we needed it.”
For the season, Ellett is now at 287 strikeouts to only 24 walks, and increased her career strikeout total to 1,122.
Offensively, the Brownwood attack was sparked by three-hit efforts from both Annie Gillispie and Aubrie Harris, who drove in two runs apiece as well. Yisel Mendoza and Annie-Klein Allgood contributed two hits apiece while Ashlynn Patteson, Auzzlyn Benedict, Ayanna Clemons and Lexie Castillo chipped in one each.
“We’re seeing the ball well and we did a good job against their first pitcher, who held us down the first time we played them,” Lynn said. “Their second pitcher came in and we didn’t make adjustments as quick as I’d like, but we made contact on her eventually.”
Brownwood grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first as Benedict’s two-out RBI single to center field drove home Gillispie, who began the game with a double down the third base line.
The Lady Lions seized firm control of the contest with three runs in the second inning. After a one-out walk by Allgood and a single from Castillo, Harris slapped a two-RBI single into center field to extend the cushion to three runs. Gillispie then singled ahead of an RBI line drive base hit into center by Patteson, which knocked in Harris.
Brownwood’s lead stood at 6-0 after three frames as three straight singles from Clemons, Mendoza and Allgood started the inning. Castillo and Gillispie later followed with RBI fielder’s choices.
The Lady Lions’ lead grew to eight runs in the fourth as Allgood’s RBI infield single to deep shortstop allowed Clemons, who walked, to come home. Later, Harris singled and a Godley error on the play allowed Mendoza, who earlier singled, to trot home.
After a scoreless fifth, Brownwood tacked on its final run in the sixth as Gillispie’s two-out RBI single to center field knocked in Castillo, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Lions are off Friday and return to district action at Stephenville (8-18, 1-5) — which dropped a 13-7 decision to Glen Rose —on Tuesday.