That was Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo’s thought after losing 3-0 at home to Hallsville Wednesday afternoon at the SSHS softball diamond.
In the battle of Lady Cats, it was the purple-clad group from Hallsville which came up with the key hits in a rare sunny day game.
“Our pitching and our defense were good, we just struggled at the plate,” Carrillo said. “We didn’t do the little things right, I’ll take the blame for that. We weren’t ready and we struggled offensively.”
Hallsville pitcher Jamie Allred was all good, throwing a complete game shutout, striking out 12 batters and allowing just four hits, throwing 129 pitches, 79 strikes.
Sulphur Springs had chances to score early, leaving six runners stranded on the sacks in the first two innings. But the SS Lady Cats could not get a key hit to get on the scoreboard against Hallsville.
Sulphur Springs pitchers Kaci Kennedy and Taylor Clifton split duty in the game allowing three runs on five hits, three walks, striking out four. Kennedy pitched three innings, throwing 42 pitches, 29 strikes; Clifton went the final four innings, throwing 57 pitches, 36 strikes.
Hallsville sent six batters to the dish in the first innings with two runs crossing the plate. The visiting Ladycats scored both runs with two out with back-to-back hits by Brittany Eitel and Hillary Hill.
In the bottom of the first inning, Sulphur Springs loaded the bases. JaMonica Hall and Kara Tomlinson were hit by pitches and Katie Dodd coaxed a walk. Allred dug deep and struck out Krista McMahan to end the threat.
Sulphur Springs had a threat in the second frame when T’Kea Johnson reached an infield hit and Jalee Eppars beat out a drag bunt. Hall struck out. Mac Morgan drew a walk to load the bases. Maurie Lewis went down on strikes and the Sulphur Springs team remained scoreless.
In the top of the fourth, Hallsville punched across another run to go up 3-0. They could have done more damage, but shortstop Brittani Crawford grapped a smoked line drive and teamed with second baseman McMahan for a nifty double play off from a backhand flip to quell the Hallsville uprising.
Neither team scored after the fourth inning and Hallsville ran their record in district to 2-1 with the shutout victory.
The SS Lady Cats fell to 2-1 in district with the loss. They are 15-7 on the season.
“When you get bases loaded, you have to score. But that’s those things happen. You hate for it to happen to you, but it does,” Carrillo said. “We have to put this one behind us. It just hurts because one of our goals was to be the undefeated district champs. That can’t happen now, but we can still win district and that’s what is important. We’ll respond and battle back, I have challenged them.”
SS JV 8, Hallsville JV 2
The hometown softball fans were much happier in the junior varsity game as Sulphur Springs took an 8-2 win. The SS Lady Cats made the most of five hits and seven walks.
Mallory Rawson got the win on the mound for Sulphur Springs. She went five innings, allowing two runs, two walks, three hits and struck out eight.
Rawson had a rocky first inning as the visitors put two runs on the board to gain the early lead. That was all the runs Hallsville would get as Rawson finished the game with four shutout innings.
Sulphur Springs scratched across a run in the bottom of the first. Spencer Martin walked, then stole second and third. Martin scored on a wild pitch. Ashley Wilburn grounded out to the pitcher to end the frame.
Sulphur Springs took the lead in the bottom of the second scoring three times. With two outs, Rawson walked, took second on a wild pitch. Rawson moved to third on passed ball. Bailey Pettey drew a walk and rounded first and headed to second, Rawson raced home and both runners were safe. Martin cracked a two-run triple to centerfield to make it a 4-2 game. The rally ended with Kyri Ivery caught stealing after she reached base on a walk.
In the bottom of the third, nine players went to the dish for Sulphur Springs as they tacked on four additional runs. Wilburn walked and Michelle Segleski reached on an error by the shortstop. Caitlin Nix was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rawson came through with a two-run single to the outfield under the glove of the second baseman. Pettey got an RBI on an infield ground out to make it a 7-2 game. The final run came when Martin singled home Rawson. Sulphur Springs won by the 8-2 final.
“We played well, we swung the bat very well,” Sulphur Springs assistant softball coach Eric Buck said. “I was pleased with the way we came back after going behind early. We had a good game.”
The varsity and junior varsity will both be in action at home Friday as they take on Longviewgames are set at 4:30 p.m 6 p.m. at the SSHS softball diamond.
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