By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
Senior night was special for Sulphur Springs, not only did they get to honor five standout team members, but they notched a win over rival Texas High.
The Lady Cats advanced their record to 20-6-1 for the year, 7-2 in district with the 8-3 win over the Lady Tigers Friday night.
“It was a good win, we are second place in district and getting ready for the playoffs,” David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach. “We played well and that’s what you want to be doing this time of year. We had good defense and Katie Sapaugh was sharp pitching.”
The Lady Cats got things going early with a two-run rally in the bottom of the first.
Leadoff hitter Makayla Glosson ripped a single to left field. Kiara “Duke” Johnson grounded out and Kasey Moore struck out. Jaleigh Avery hammered a double to left to give the Lady Cats a 1-0 lead to open the game. Sarah Womack followed with a single to score the second run of the rally. Molly Johnston went down swinging to end the threat, the Lady Cats were up 2-0 after one inning.
The Lady Tigers came back to take the lead 3-2 when starting pitcher Megan Hillis hit a three-run homer. But Sulphur Springs responded with another rally to jump ahead.
Sulphur Springs never trailed again and capped the scoring with home run by freshman second sacker Kristen Allen. Allen had two hits and three RBIs in the game. Glosson and Moore added doubles. Mary Lopez, Katie Barnett and Johnson added hits.
Sapaugh got the pitching win with a complete game outing. She gave up three runs, all earned, off eight hits, striking out four and walking none. She threw 85 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Hillis pitched the entire game for Texas High. She allowed eight runs, six earned off 12 hits, struck out seven and walked two.
Carrillo said, “We knew Allen could catch and handle the job defensively. We noticed that in practice and in some tournament games. She has some pop in her bat. Her homer was big, it put the game away for us. Kristen has responded well to everything we have asked from her.”
The Lady Cats took the win 8-3, which dropped Texas High to 5-4 in the district standings.
The night was memorable for the five seniors honored - Mary Lopez, Johnson, Amanda Irby, Avery and Sapaugh.
For the game, Carrillo said, “Our seniors have done well and contributed a lot to our program. We were glad to send them out with a win. This was our last regular season game, but we plan on having other games here.”
The pre-game festivities also included first pitch honors and recognition of the Bright Star league which is for special needs baseball players. The same group also took part in the Wildcats game.
“We were glad to have the Bright Star kids at our game. They are really good to see, they’re such neat kids,” Carrillo said.
The Lady Cats close out the regular season at Hallsville Tuesday.
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