Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo is hoping that the Lady Cats experience will kick in tonight.
Sulphur Springs, 20-8-1, has won the majority of their games. They have five all-district players back from last year’s regional quarterfinal squad.
Now it is time to put it all together again.
“I think we’ll realize it’s the playoffs and it’s serious business. If you don’t win, you go home. We have been through non-district, district and two recent warm-up games, now it is time to turn it up a notch,” Carrillo said.
The Lady Cats and Lucas Lovejoy Lady Leopards begin a best-of-three Class 4A UIL bi-district playoff series. Game 1 is today at 7 p.m. at Lady Cats park; Game 2 will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Lucas Lovejoy; Game 3, if necessary, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lady Cats park.
Lovejoy is sparked by Texas Tech pledge Danielle Brochu. She is the top hitter with an average of .469 with 23 RBIs. Brochu has a 15-11 pitching record with a 4.02 earned run average.
“The team seems to go the way Brochu goes,” Carrillo said. “She’s the top hitter and pitcher. From what I have learned, she has good velocity on her pitches and the moves the ball around.”
The Lady Cats will counter with southpaw starting pitcher, Katie Sapaugh. Sapaugh, a senior, is 17-5 for the year. She has 158 strikeout in 171 innings
Sulphur Springs is hitting .376 as a team averaging almost five runs a game.
The Lady Cats top hitters include: Kasey Moore with a .500 average and team high 26 RBI; Makayla Glosson, .461; Kristen Allen, .423; Sarah Womack, .417; Kiara “Duke” Johnson .396; Jaleigh Avery, .343; Molly Johnston, .326 and Katie Barnett .301.
“I think we’ll come out ready to play and do well,” Carrillo said. “The girls are excited about being in the playoffs and competing.”
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