LONGVIEW — It was not the prettiest win of the year, just the latest.
Downing Pine Tree on the road by a 10-5 final gives the Lady Cats a 4-2 record in district, 17-6-1.
The teams combined for 12 errors in the wild contest. Sulphur Springs took the win, but know this was not the type of game they need to play.
The Lady Pirates had eight miscues and Sulphur Springs added four errors.
The game was played Tuesday after originally being started Friday before the contest was wiped from the books due to rain and lightning.
“Tuesday was a long day because of testing and the bus ride over. We were able to come up with the win. But we have to do a better job of not shooting ourselves in the foot,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach. “A win is a win, however. The next four games are crucial for our playoff hopes.”
The loss knocked Pine Tree down to 0-6 in 14-4A action.
The Lady Cats had a good thing going early bolting from the blocks for five runs in the first frame and taking on two more in the second to take a 7-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs had several mistakes in the third inning as they allowed five unearned runs.
For the game, the Lady Pirates had six total hits. Keke Johnson had a double and one run batted in. T.T. Thurmond and JonQuil Fisher had two singles each.
The Lady Cats did well at the dish with 10 hits, including two extra base knocks.
Kasey Moore belted a home run and had two RBIs. Moore is hitting .556 in district and has had at least one hit in all six 14-4A tilts.
Katie Barnett brought thunder from the bottom of the lineup going 3-for-3 Tuesday. Leading speedster Makayla Glosson was 2 for 4 (including a double) with two runs plated and one stolen base.
Mary Lopez had a single and one RBI. Sierra Nickerson and Kiara Johnson also had singles. Nickerson also stole a base.
Four of the Lady Cats errors scored due to Pine Tree errors.
Katie Sapaugh got the pitching win with a complete game effort.
Sapaugh threw 99 pitches, 69 for strikes. She allow six hits and no earned runs. The lefty fanned 11 Lady Pirates in the important win.
Melanie Wilson was tagged with the loss for Pine Tree. Wilson went six frames, allowing three runs (all earned), striking out two with no walks. Hannah Shackelford had one inning pitched, she allowed four hits, seven runs (one earned) and walked two, allowing one homer.
The Lady Pirates trek to Mount Pleasant on Friday.
Sulphur Springs has another key home game as they host Marshall Friday at the Lady Cats baseball diamond.
The junior varsity game will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 6 p.m.
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