Ennis Ladies lose to Red Oak Hawks
The Ellis County Press
RED OAK - The Lady Hawks were coming off a tough loss at the hands of Arlington-Sequin and looking to get back to their winning ways when they hosted the Ennis Lady Lions on Thursday, March 20.
After beating district foes Waxahachie and Midlothian in one run games, would the Ennis game be any different?
Both pitchers and defenses were incredible and through seven innings neither pitcher gave up a run thanks to some great defensive plays.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Lady Hawks finally had their best opportunity to win the game.
The Lady Lions decided to walk Pitcher Shelby Hall (#22).
Coach Jones took advantage and brought in a courtesy runner for Hall, who stole second base.
With first base now open and one the Lady Hawk’s best hitter’s at the plate, the Lady Lions then decided to walk Taylor VanHove (#4) hoping to turn a double play.
However, during one of the intentional ball pitches to VanHove, the catcher stepped outside the batting area resulting in an illegal pitch allowing the runner on second to move to third base.
After VanHove’s walk, a courtesy runner was brought in for her, who eventually stole second.
Next up was Rachel Alfred (#14) and she did her best and came within inches of driving one down the right field line.
She had a great at bat fouling off five or six pitches before striking out.
It would come down to Taylor Ames (#5).
With runners in scoring position and two outs, the Lady Lions pulled their infielders and outfielders in close hoping to hold the runners on base.
As with other games this season, there seemed to be a hero each game and in this night it would be Taylor Ames.
She was able to hit the ball the only place it could not be caught, just over the pulled in short stop, but short of the left fielder and the winning run crossed the plate by the time a defender could get to the ball.
The Lady Hawks pulled off another big district win beating Ennis 1-0 in eight innings.
The next home game for the Lady Hawks will be against Irving Nimitz in a non-district game on March 28.
JV is slated for 5 p.m. and Varsity at 7 p.m.