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Softball playoffs: Ennis earns trip to state; Mansfield Timberview loses series opener
BULLARD — Ennis mostly cruised to a 3-1, series-clinching win Friday against Hallsville in the Class 4A Region II final.
The win gave Ennis (37-5-1) a two-game sweep of the best-of-3 series and put Ennis in the state tournament for the first time.
Taylor Maliska held Hallsville to one hit through five innings while Ennis built a 3-0 lead.
Emma Hawthorn put Hallsville on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a solo home run.
Hallsville put the tying run on base with two outs in the seventh after Katie McElroy’s 16-pitch walk against Maliska, but Maliska got a groundout to end the game.
Ennis scored one run apiece in the second, third and fifth innings. A Hallsville fielding error gave Ennis a 1-0 lead. Rylie Robertson’s sacrifice fly scored Michaela Cochran in the third, and Robertson drove in Cochran in the fifth.
Cochran was 3-for-3, including a triple to set up Ennis’ final run. Maliska earned the win, allowing three hits and two walks to go with five strikeouts.
Lubbock Coronado 3, Mansfield Timberview 1: Mansfield Timberview faces an uphill fight in its Class 5A Region I final against Lubbock Coronado at Abilene Christian University’s Wells Field.
The Lady Wolves dropped the opening game of the best-of-3 series, 3-1, to Coronado on Friday after a delay of 2 hours, 48 minutes because of rain and lightning.
Coronado struck for a run in the top of the first when Quinn Fortner laced the first pitch of the game for a single. An illegal pitch and fielder’s choice moved Fortner to third, and she scored on a groundout by catcher Taegan Kirk.
Timberview (29-7) had a pair reach base in the bottom of the first on a pair of walks, but Monique Garcia notched two strikeouts in the frame to escape the jam.
After Coronado (38-4) left two on base in the top of the second, Garcia struck out the side in order in the bottom of the inning. That was a part of a stretch of five straight strikeouts for the senior.
Timberview tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the third when pitcher Mariah Denson, who is nursing a foot injury, laced a two-out RBI triple to left. The hit was the first one off of Garcia.
The Lady Mustangs then moved back in front in the fifth as Kirk picked up her second two-out RBI of the night, this time on a bloop single that scored Hayley Haggard. Haggard was pinch-running for Kaitlyn Dawson who had doubled.
Dawson then led off the seventh with a no-doubt home run to dead center for a 3-1 Coronado lead. Dawson reached base in all four of her plate appearances as she also added two walks.
The game was scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. first pitch, but ACU tarped the field at approximately 6:15 due to approaching rain that had moved through West Texas earlier in the day.
The rain was steady, but light, but about 45 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch the teams were called off the field as lightning was within eight miles of the field.
At 8:30 p.m., with lightning still in the area, Coronado coach J.J. Johnson was caught off guard on the team bus when told that Timberview coaches had their team leave for the hotel without talking to him.
The Lady Wolves finally returned to ACU at 9:36 p.m., and the game finally got under way a little less than an hour later.