PROSPER —The first softball action of the new season turned out to be an overwhelming success for players from Sulphur Springs.
In scrimmage action in Prosper, the Lady Cats varsity won by a 3-1 score. The junior varsity won, 15-8.
Top hitters for the Lady Cats varsity were: Katie Sapaugh had two hits including a double and scored twice; Meagan McCullough had a hit and run scored; Jaleigh Avery and Haylee Chester each knocked in a run with a hit; Toni Cody ripped a double and Mary Lopez contributed a hit.
Hailey Dixon was a standout in the pitcher’s circle with 11 strikeouts in five innings. She struck together seven strikeouts after allowing a ground ball to the first hitter. She walked one and hit one batter, giving up a run.
Sapaugh pitched two innings, giving up two hits, one run and struck out one.
In the junior varsity win, Sierra Nickerson got the pitching victory. She pitched three innings, allowing six runs, four earned runs, four hits, one strikeout, one walk and one hit batter. Taylor Broyles pitched an inning, giving up two hits, two unearned runs.
Top hitters include: Nickerson, two hits, two runs, two stolen bases; Tamra Rushing, two hits, including a double, two runs, three RBIs; Paige Holt, two hits, one RBI, one run scored; Melanie Ford, two hits, two runs, one run batted in. Pounding one hit each were — Skyler Martin, Katie Barnett, Destinee Clark and Demi Willis.
“We had a good first scrimmage,” said David Carrillo, head girls softball coach. “The girls were very excited to get this season started. I thought offensively we had a good night as we were able to put the ball in play. Sapaugh had two big hits on the night to lead in our offensive production. Dixon pitched very well yesterday. She had 11 strikeouts on the night in five innings of work. Sapaugh also had a good night in the circle also. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run.”
Carrillo added, “We feel good about the scrimmage and we hope to keep improving as the season carries on. We will definitely continue to be tested as we play in the Rockwall scrimmage on Saturday.”
The Lady Cats play in the Rockwall scrimmage. They face The Colony at 10:45 a.m., play Rockwall at 2:25 p.m. and take on North Forney at 4 p.m.
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