Lady Lion softball finishes with perfect record at Eastland tournament

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin

EASTLAND — The Brownwood Lady Lions softball team remained undefeated through the first week of the season, chalking up four more victories at the Eastland tournament Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Lady Lions notched victories of 14-0 over Merkel and 11-0 over host Eastland, tossing no-hitters in both contests.

In the win over Eastland, Chyanne Ellett pitched a perfect game in the time-limit contest, striking out nine in 4.1 innings of work.

Offensively, the Lady Lions recorded nine hits and drew four walks en route to scoring six runs in the top of third inning and five more in the fourth.

Annie Gillispie and Yisel Mendoza finished with two hits and two RBIs apiece, while Ashlynn Patteson and Ayanna Clemons each recorded one hit and two RBIs. Ellett added a hit and an RBI, while Landry Holden drove in a run as well.

In the six-run third inning, Mendoza led off with a walk, Mya McDowell added a one-out free pass, then Gillispie doubled both home for a 2-0 lead. Aubrie Harris then singled ahead of an RBI base hit to center by Ellett that knocked in Gillispie. Patteson followed with an RBI single to left field that plated Harris with the fourth run. After Holden was hit by a pitch, Clemons doubled to right field, driving in Patteson and Lexie Castillo, running for Ellett.

During the five-run fourth, Gillispie and Harris singled and Ellett walked to load the bases with no outs. Patteson then walked to drive in a run and Holden was plunked by a pitch to plate the second run of the frame. Castillo, again running for Ellett, later scored on a wild pitch, while Mendoza capped the scoring with a two-RBI single up the middle that brought home Patteson and Holden.

Brownwood’s 14-0 triumph over Merkel featured another no-hitter as Ellett and Auzzlyn Benedict combined to work four innings. Ellett walked two and fanned five in three innings, while Benedict tossed a perfect fourth, retiring the side in order on 10 pitches.

Offensively, the Lady Lions finished with 15 hits, a pair of walks and capitalized on three Merkel errors. Brownwood recorded a three-run top of the first, four-run second and seven-run fourth inning.

Holden finished with three hits and four RBIs, while Patteson tallied three hits and three RBIs. Gillispie contributed three hits and a pair of RBIs, Ellett chipped in two hits and an RBI and Harris, Clemons and Mendoza notched one hit and one RBI.

In the first inning, Gillispie led off with a single, then Ellett reached on a one-out error ahead of an RBI single to center by Patteson. Holden then doubled down the right field line to bring home Patteson and Castillo, running for Ellett.

McDowell’s one-out walk in the second was followed by a two-out RBI single to center field by Harris for the fourth run. Ellett then reached on an error to extend the inning, then Patteson doubled home Harris and Castillo. Holden then delivered an RBI single to right field to plate Patteson for a 7-0 advantage.

The Lady Lions doubled their run total in the fourth as Ellett, Patteson and Holden singled in succession to start the inning and produce the eighth run. Clemons then singled home Patteson and Mendoza’s RBI double to right field brought in Holden, making the score 10-0. Clemons later scored on a wild pitch during the at-bat of Karly Harper, who walked. Gillispie then came through with a two-RBI double to drive in Mendoza and Harper. With two outs, Ellett’s RBI single to left field brought home Gillispie to cap the scoring.

After clobbering their first three opponents, the Lady Lions survived a close call against Albany Saturday morning for a 6-4 victory.

A pair of two-run inning gave Brownwood a 4-0 lead heading into the third where Albany cut the lead in half. The Lady Lions added another run in the bottom of the third for a 5-2 lead, which Albany shaved to 5-4 in the top of the fourth. The Lady Lions tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth, and neither team scored in the final and fifth inning of the time-limit contest.

Brownwood finished with eight hits — two each by Patteson and Miranda Torres and one apiece by Gillispie, Harris, Holden and Maddie Yazell. Patteson also finished with a team-best three RBIs trailed by two from Torres and one from Harper.

Benedict picked up the win in the circle, tossing three innings and allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Ellett worked two innings and gave up two unearned runs on a pair of hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

In the Lady Lions’ two-run first inning, Torres’ two-RBI single to center scored Patteson, who singled, and Castillo, running for Benedict who reached on an error.

Brownwood’s second-inning runs were the result of a Patteson two-RBI double that plated Gillispie, who singled, and Harris, who reached on an error.

In the third, Harper’s RBI sacrifice fly plated Torres, who started the inning with a double to left field.

The Lady Lions’ last run was the result of a Patteson RBI sac fly that drove in Harris, who reached on a double to left field.

Brownwood capped the weekend with a 13-7 triumph over Anson.

The Lady Lions jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two innings, while Anson scored five times in the top of the third. Brownwood tacked one its final run in the third while Anson scored twice more in the top of the fourth before the time limit expired.

Brownwood tallied eight hits — two each by Gillispie and Clemons and one piece by Harris, Patteson, Holden, and Mendoza — and drew eight walks. Harris drove in three runs while Gillispie and Harper each tallied two RBIs.

In the circle, Ellett pitched the first two innings and yielded just two hits with five strikeouts. Benedict finished the game, giving up seven runs on hits with with two walks and a strikeouts in two innings of work.

Brownwood’s seven-run first inning featured a Patteson RBI double that plated Gillispie, who doubled; a wild pitch that brought in Harris, who was hit by a pitch; an RBI single by Holden that scored Patteson; an RBI double by Mendoza that scored Holden; a bases-loaded walk by Gillispie that brought home Clemons, who singled; and a two-RBI single by Harris that knocked in Mendoza and McDowell, who walked.

In the five-run second, Harper’s bases-loaded walk scored Holden, who also walked; McDowell’s free pass then dorve in Clemons, who doubled; Gillispie singled home Mendoza, who was hit by a pitch; Harris’ RBI fielder’s choice plated Harper; and Ellett’s RBI sac fly knocked in McDowell.

Brownwood’s final run in the third was the result of another bases-loaded walk by Harper, which plated Holden, who also drew a free pass.

The Lady Lions (5-0) are slated to return to Eastland for a 4:30 p.m. contest Tuesday.