Jacksonville Daily Progress
It was Ennis' playoff experience versus Jacksonville being in uncharted waters Thursday night at Fightin' Maiden Field as the Maidens fell 13-0 in what was their first post season appearance in the 13-year history of the program.
Ennis (25-4), ranked No. 16 in this week's Class 4A poll, proved superior in all phases of the game in collecting the first win of the best-of-three series, which heads to Ennis tonight for a 6 p.m. game at the Lady Lions' den.
Should a third game be needed to settle things,it will be played 30 minutes following the conclusion of the second game.
Jacksonville (16-15) got three ladies aboard against Lady Lion ace Taylor Maliska in the first two innings, but the Maidens were unable to plate the runners.
Jordan Mallard reached on an error by the Ennis shortstop in the first frame and moved into scoring position by stealing second base.
Ta'Sheena Canady, hitting fourth, then smacked a double just inside the left field foul line that moved Mallard to third.
Maliska then struck out the next Maiden batter to end the inning.
In the second segment, La'Dashia Canady smoked a pitch up the middle for a one-out base knock, but the inning ended with Maliska, a St. Edward's University (NCAA,Division II) signee, fanning the next two Jacksonville hitters that stepped to the plate.