Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Ennis' Taylor Maliska too much for No. 2-ranked Legacy, 8-0, in 15-4A softball tussle
ENNIS -- Another District 15-4A softball showdown and another brilliant pitching performance by Taylor Maliska.
The Ennis lefthander limited Mansfield Legacy, the state’s No. 2 ranked Class 4A team, to two hits as Ennis breezed to an 8-0 victory in the showdown for the 15-4A lead Tuesday night at Ennis’ softball diamond.
Ennis (19-4, 6-0 in District 15-4A) took a one-game lead on Legacy (15-3, 5-1) with eight games remaining, including a rematch in Mansfield next month.
“We know that Legacy is our toughest opponent in district,’’ said Maliska, a St. Edward’s signee where she was recruited by Cat Osterman. “We have to get up for this game.’’
Ennis coach Rodney McNeill said it is hard to say Maliska raises her game for Legacy because “in four years she has always done it for us.’’
Ennis squandered a bases-loaded, no-outs opportunity in the first inning, but broke through for three runs in the second. Doubles by Kayla Prachyl and Courtlyn Benitez, a triple by Tulsa commit Julia Hollingsworth and a single by Michaela Cochran did the damage.
The Lady Lions broke it open with four runs in the fifth, in the process knocking out Legacy starting pitcher Ryan Wright. Cochran, a sophomore shortstop, tripled down the left-field line to increase Ennis’ lead to 4-0. She finished the night with three hits and three RBI.
The other half of Ennis’ sophomore double-play combo, Lana Pate, lined a two-run single for a 7-0 lead. Sandwiched between was an RBI single from Rylie Robertson.
Legacy, No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll, could muster only an infield single from Lisa Hart in the second inning and a single to right field in the seventh from Meagan Dake.
Ennis went 14-0 in winning the District 15-4A title a year ago, including a pair of one-run wins over Legacy. However, Legacy advanced two rounds further than Ennis in the playoffs. Both were eliminated by Lovejoy.