By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
Jaye Doughtie had a single, double and triple knocked in six to pace Sulphur Springs to a 20-1 home win Thursday over Marshall.
The district day game belonged to the home team from the start as the Lady Cats erupted for a dozen runs in the opening frame and cruised to the 16-5A victory by the 10-run rule.
The Lady Cats advanced to 16-5 overall, 3-1 in district. Marshall fell to 2-16-1 and 0-3.
"I knew we were swinging the bats well coming into this game, but I didn't expect this," David Carrillo, Lady Cats head softball coach said of the one-sided rout. "We started scoring and it kind of got out-of-hand. We hit the ball well, we could have scored four or five more, but I did not want to do that."
Marshall managed two of their three bases hits in the game in the top of the first. But the Lady Mavs were unable to score as Sulphur Springs starting pitcher Bailey Haggerty worked out of the jam with a runner caught stealing and a ground ball out.
The bottom of the first was a marathon hitting session for the Lady Cats as they sent 16 batters to the dish, 12 coming home to score.
Leadoff hitter Alyssa Abron reached after getting hit by a 1-0 pitch in the arm by Marshall starter Peyton West. Hannah Crowson reached on a bunt hit and Brinklee Driver walked to load the sacks. Kristen Allen got an RBI walk to open the scoring, giving the Sulphur Springs squad a 1-0 lead. Sadie Stroud hit a sizzling ground ball to third, the fielder tried to come home for the force but the throw was high allowing a run to score. Doughtie then pounded a 1-1 pitch to deep right field for a three-run triple to make it a 5-0 game. Kelsey Wallace connected for an RBI single and the Lady Cats were up 6-0.
Alli Fite struck out, but the hit parade resumed when Macee Hollins beat out an infield hit. Abron plated two with a solid single to center field making the lead now 8-0 Crowson reached on a four pitch walk. Driver connected for an RBI slapping the ball off the wall to make it 9-0. Allen singled home the 10th run of the inning. Stroud was retired on a fly ball to center. Doughtie got her second extra base hit of the frame ripping a two-run double. Wallace grounded out for the third out, but the damage was done, the Lady Cats now up 12-0 after one frame, 27 minutes into the game.
Haggerty mowed down Marshall as they barely had time to catch their breathe in the top of the second, using just seven pitches.
The Lady Cats took a deep breath and went back to work at the dish. Fite reached on infield hit. Hollins grounded into a fielder's choice. Abron grounded out to first. Crowson legged out a bunt hit. Driver connected for a three-run homer over the bright blue left field aluminum wall to make it a 15-0 lead.
Fite came into pitch for the Lady Cats, replacing Haggerty. Fite got three quick outs on two strikeouts and one ground ball in the infield.
Sulphur Springs struck for two more run in the bottom of the third. Doughtie drew a walk and Wallace singled. Fite was hit by a pitch on the foot. Moore singled home two with a hit to right field to make it 17-0.
The visitors scratched across a run in the top of the fourth to make it a 17-1 run.
Sulphur Springs responded by closing out the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Driver and Stroud doubled. Doughtie picked up an RBI with a single. Wallace and Ashley Moore both singled home runs.
The Lady Cats won by the 20-1 final.
Haggerty got the pitching win in the varsity game to go to 12-3 on the season. She threw 19 pitches, 14 strikes allowing no runs, two hits, facing just seven batters. Fite threw three innings giving up one run off one hit, striking out six and walking one. She threw 43 pitches, 29 strikes.
West started and got the loss for the Mavericks, allowing the first 15 runs, she threw 63 pitches, 37 strikes. Elizabeth Palmer, Janet Flores and Gabby Moore also pitched for the Lady Mavs.
Carrillo said, "We bounced back after losing to Pine Tree. We sure didn't tuck our tails between our legs. We bounced back from that loss in a big way. We needed a game like this. Now we all can enjoy what's left of Spring Break before we get back to playing next week."
In the junior varsity game, Sulphur Springs won 15-0.
“We got a shut out by pitcher Cheslee Roberts. Big hits came from Gracie Moore, Kate Womack, Colbria Harrison, Sierra Smith, Landri Bell, Cheslee Roberts, Maddie Millsap, Karlee Adams, and Cameron Horton. Proud of how the girls competed. Next game versus district rival Texarkana on Tuesday,” said Chris Valdovinos, junior varsity girls softball coach.
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