Written by SportsDayDFW.com
In duel of area’s best softball teams, No. 1 Ennis rallies to defeat Mansfield Legacy
ENNIS — In a showdown of the area’s top two Class 4A softball teams Ennis overcame a two-run deficit to defeat Mansfield Legacy, 5-4, Friday night at Ennis High School.
A run-scoring infield single by Rylie Robertson that capped a two-run fifth inning stood up as the eventual game-winner for Ennis (26-2-0), No. 1 in SportsDay’s Class 4A ranking and No. 3 in the state.
Junior pitcher Taylor Maliska defeated Legacy for the second time this season, scattering six hits.
Julia Hollingsworth and Robertson each had two hits to lead Ennis’ six-hit attack.
Ennis improved to 13-0 in District 15-4A and opened a two-game lead over Legacy. Ennis stretched its streak of consecutive district victories to 32 dating back two years.
Senior pitcher Kendall Potts, a Baylor commit sidelined for much of the season with a wrist injury, went the distance for Legacy (23-6-1, 11-2 District 15-4A), ranked No. 2 in the area and No. 8 in the state.
Reagan Wright and Karlie Milburn each had a pair of hits for Legacy.
Ennis snapped a 3-3 tie with a pair of runs in the fifth. The Lady Lions loaded the bases with no outs, but two strikeouts had Potts within an out of escaping. However, Potts hit Courtlyn Benitez with a pitch to force in the go-ahead run, and Ennis added another on Robertson’s looping single just out of the pitcher’s reach.
Legacy crept within a run in the sixth on Reagan Wright’s RBI single but left the bases loaded.
Consecutive hits to start the third by Milburn, Ashley Richardson and Wright, and a couple of Ennis defensive lapses, fueled a three-run Legacy outburst for a 3-1 lead. Richardson was injured in the inning on a slide at the plate and had to leave the game.