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Softball playoffs: Ennis forces 3rd game vs. Lovejoy; Timberview sweeps
LUCAS — Ennis stranded runner after runner in Thursday’s Game 1 loss to Lovejoy. In Game 2 on Friday night, those runners kept circling the bases.
With the help of seven hits, nine walks and six Lovejoy errors, Ennis pulled away for a 14-8 victory to send its Class 4A second-round playoff series to a deciding third game. The teams will play at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ennis.
Ennis (32-5), ranked No. 6 in the state in 4A, trailed 5-2 after the first inning before scoring four runs in the second. Lovejoy (20-13-1) took the lead back with three runs in the fourth, capped by a home run by Kallie Killingsworth that made the score 8-6.
But five runs in the top of the fifth turned the tide for Ennis. A two-run double by Rylie Robertson broke an 8-all tie.
In other area-round playoff games:
Mansfield Timberview 3, Flower Mound Marcus 0: Oklahoma State pledge Mariah Denson pitched a four-hit shutout to lead Timberview to a two-game sweep.
Timberview (26-4), a 5-2 Game I winner on Thursday, avenged last season’s playoff series loss to Marcus with its 15th straight home victory.
“We’re a good team,’’ said Denson, “but we can’t do it without each other.’’
Denson struck out eight, including three to end innings when Marcus had runners in scoring position. After control problems early, the sophomore retired 11 of the final 13 Lady Marauders. Her four walks came in the first three innings.
Offensively, Denson contributed two hits and drove in the first run. Marcus (23-11) missed on early scoring opportunities, with Denson escaping bases-loaded jams in the first two innings.
“We had chances,’’ said Marcus coach Christy Tumilty. “But credit to Denson. She buckled down.’’
Denson put Timberview ahead in the third inning, grounding an RBI single to center off Marcus reliever Madison Greenwell that scored Alex Taylor from second. Taylor started the inning by drawing a walk. Greenwell relieved Marcus starting pitcher Katelyn Cooper at that point.
Timberview made it 3-0 with two runs in the fifth. A walk to Ashley Timmons and consecutive singles by Maddie Munoz and Gabby Littles with aid from a Marcus throwing error did the damage.
Kelly McGuire led Marcus offensively with two hits including a double. Littles had two hits for Timberview and leadoff hitter Taylor drew three walks.
Lewisville 11, Belton 3: Miranda Worthington and Megan Haggard homered, and they combined for five RBIs as defending 5A state champion Lewisville (28-7) swept Belton.
Plano West 2, Rockwall-Heath 0: Marissa Butler pitched a four-hit shutout as Plano West (24-6-1) won a one-game playoff.
Hebron 8, Mansfield 7: Brynn Putnam homered and drove in four runs as Hebron (17-17), the fourth-place team from District 5-5A, won a one-game playoff.
Southlake Carroll 8-11, Midland 7-12: A walk-off two-run double by Virginia signee Lauren Heintzelman with two outs in the bottom of the eighth gave Carroll an 8-7 win in Game 1. Heintzelman finished 5-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs. Midland won 12-11 in Game 2, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
McKinney Boyd 13, Rowlett 3: Bailey-Jo Jones was 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs to lead Boyd (24-4-2) to a two-game sweep.
Richland 4, Midland Lee 1: Haley Freyman’s two-hitter propelled Richland (25-7) to victory in a one-game playoff. Lauren Oatman and Maddi Holcomb homered.
Mansfield Legacy 6, Hallsville 1: Baylor signee Kendall Potts held the state’s second-ranked 4A team to one run and also had two RBIs as Legacy (25-6) forced a Game 3.
North Forney 15, Molina 0: Taylor Sieber homered and had three RBIs as North Forney (28-4-2) swept its series.
Little Elm 16, Adamson 0: Rylie Scudder had five RBIs and threw a two-hit shutout as Little Elm won a one-game playoff.
Mesquite Poteet 12, Seagoville 1: An eight-run first inning helped Poteet cruise to a two-game sweep.