Sulphur Springs fell 5-2 to Mineola here Friday in warm-up softball action at Lady Cats park.
The Lady Cats pounded out 10 hits, but were only able to score twice.
“We hit the ball, just right at people,” said David Carrillo, Lady Cats head softball coach. “I was not discouraged by the loss. This was just a warm-up game. We played well. Mineola just got more runs. They have a good team, they went deep in the playoffs and have most of their players back.”
Mineola got the win behind the pitching of Rikkilyn Hass. Hass threw115 pitches, 70 for strikes. She threw 19 first pitch strikes out of 32 batters faced.
Sulphur Springs got two hits each from Makayla Glosson and Kasey Moore. Glosson had a double, the only extra base hit for the Lady Cats. Jaye Doughtie in a start in left field for injured Kiara “Duke” Johnson had one hit and one RBI. Jaleigh Avery also knocked in a run with a single. Molly Johnston, Sarah Womack, Katie Barnett and Kristen Allen also had singles.
Katie Sapaugh pitched six innings, taking the pitching loss for Sulphur Springs. The southpaw pitched six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) from seven hits, walking three and striking out one. Sapaugh threw 95 pitches, 61 for strikes.
Summer Wyatt pitched one inning of relief. She allowed one run off two hits.
The Lady Cats meet Lovejoy in the playoffs in a bi-district series set.
Game 1, Thursday, at Sulphur Springs, 7 p.m.; Game 2, Friday, at Lovejoy, 7 p.m.; Game 3, if necessary, at Royse City at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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