Lady Lions stay unbeaten with two wins over 5A programs at Granbury tournament

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin

GRANBURY — The Brownwood Lady Lions kept their undefeated record intact with two more victories over a pair of Class 5A foes Thursday to open the Granbury tournament.

First, the Lady Lions blanked Chisholm Trail, a member of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, by a 5-0 count. Then, Brownwood rallied from an early deficit and fought off a late charge by Joshua in a 6-4 triumph.

In the opening victory over Chisholm Trail, University of Memphis-bound Chyanne Ellett tossed her second no-hitter of the season, striking out 15 and issuing a pair of walks in six innings of a time-limit contest.

At the plate, Ellett was also a standout with two of Brownwood six hits, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the first that began the scoring. After Annie Gillispie singled and Aubrie Harris walked, Ellett launched a one-out, three-run blast over the fence.

Brownwood tacked on two more runs in the third inning as Harris doubled then Ellett came through with a one-out, RBI base hit — giving her four RBIs for the game. Ellett was later erased when Auzzlyn Benedict reached on a fielder's choice, then third baseman Ayanna Clemons reached on a two-out error that allowed Benedict to come home.

Along with Ellett's two, Gillispie, Harris, Clemons and Lexie Castillo also picked up hits.

Against Joshua, the Lady Lions trailed 2-0 after one inning but drew even at 2 in the top of the third. Ellett drove home Gillispie, who singled, and Harris, who reached on a fielder's choice, with a two-out, two-RBI double.

Brownwood later forged in front, 6-2, in the top of the sixth. Ellett led off with a single, Benedict followed with a double and Clemons reached on an infield single to load the bases. With one out, Maddie Yazzell's RBI single to right field knocked in Benedict with the go-ahead run as the Lady Lions grabbed a 3-2 advantage.

Annie-Klein Allgood then delivered an RBI single to left field that plated Clemons with Brownwood's first insurance run. Gillispie extended the lead to four runs with a two-RBI double to left field that brought home both Yazzell and Landry Holden, who reached on a fielder's choice.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Joshua had two runners reach on a double and a walk, and both came home on a Lady Lion fielding error — one of three Brownwood miscues. But Ellett recovered in the circle to complete the victory as she tossed a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts, two walks and no earned runs allowed.

For the season, Ellett has recorded 113 strikeouts to go with 11 walks.

At the plate, Brownwood tallied 11 hits — three by Allgood, two each by Yazell, Gillispie and Ellett and one apiece by Clemons and Benedict.

The Lady Lions (9-0-1) are back in action Friday with two more tournament games.