MCKINNEY — It was a dramatic split of two games by lopsided scores here Thursday in the opening day of the McKinney Tournament at Craig Ranch.
The Lady Cats opened play with an early morning 21-3 rout over Mesquite.
Later in the day, the Lady Cats took a tough loss as they were hammered 16-6 by Lewisville.
Sulphur Springs 21, Mesquite 3
The Lady Cats went wild, scoring 21 times off 15 hits as they jumped on Mesquite early.
Sulphur Springs got seven runs in the second inning, added four more in the third and tacked on 10 runs in the fourth to put the game on ice.
Leadoff hitter Meagan McCullough was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Jaleigh Avery was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, 5 RBIs. Sarah Womack was 2 for 3 with two runs and one batted in. Kiara Johnson was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Kaylee Anderson was 2 for 4 as well with 2 RBIs, scoring a run. Toni Cody was 1 for 1 with 3 RBIs. Haylee Chester plated a pair with a double. Hailey Dixon had 2 RBIs, going 1 for 2.
Katie Sapaugh was the winning pitcher going four innings. She allowed one earned run from three hits, walking one, striking out eight as she faced 19 batters. She threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes. Dixon faced three batters giving up two runs, walking three.
The game was stopped after four innings in the tournament.
Sulphur Springs 6
It was the worst of times for the Lady Cats in the second game. Not only did they allow 16 runs, but they surrendered 10 hits, walked 7 and made 4 errors.
In the early going, it looked like the Lady Cats were in good shape. They scored six times in the second inning to go ahead 6-1. Lewisville came back with a vengeance scoring three in the third, nine in the fourth and closed out the game with three more to win 16-6 in five innings.
Dixon was the losing pitcher. She faced 17 batters giving up 12 runs, three earned runs while walking five with no strikeouts. Sapaugh pitched three innings, giving up four runs, three earned runs, off five hits, walking two and fanning five as she faced 17 batters.
Glosson knocked in two with a triple. Cody also had a pair of RBIs and one hit. Chester had a hit and run batted in. Womack and Avery added hits.
“We had a tale of two worlds. I felt we played well overall. The weather was a factor. The brisk wind was tough on our pitchers,” said David Carrillo, Lady Cats head softball coach. “We just need to focus on our game and do what we do. This is going to be a challenge for us.”
The Lady Cats stand at 7-4 heading into action today. They play Plano at 1 p.m. and Ennis at 3 p.m.
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