LINDALE — The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats posted two big wins Friday in softball tournament action at Lindale.
Sulphur Springs 7,
Pitcher Hailey Dixon was again the player to lift the Lady Cats back into the win column.
The senior right-hander threw a no-hitter Friday. She faced 19 batters in six innings, giving up no runs or hits, while walking four and fanning seven.
“She struggled with control early, but later she got her screwball and curve to work for her,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach.
Dixon threw 76 pitches, 46 were strikes in the rapidly played game.
Sulphur Springs tallied four runs in the first and tacked on three more in the second inning to complete the scoring. The contest was played in just 89 minutes.
At the plate, the Lady Cats got 11 hits from eight different batters.
Top hitters were - Jaleigh Avery was 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored, two knocked in. Kiara Johnson was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Kaylee Anderson was 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Makayla Glosson contributed a solo homer. Dixon had one hit, one run plated. Haylee Chester added a run-scoring triple. Meagan McCullough and Katie Sapaugh each had singles.
Sulphur Springs 4,
The Lady Cats notched their 10th win of the year, taking a 4-1 decision over the host school, Lindale.
The game was a see-saw affair, which wasn’t decided until late when Sulphur Springs closed out the game with two runs in the seventh to secure the 4-1 victory.
Lindale took the lead at 1-0 in the bottom of the second. The Lady Cats tied the game at 1-all in the top of the third. Sulphur Springs did not allow another run. The Lady Cats added one run in the fourth and two more in the seventh.
The Lady Cats had 11 hits in the game off Lindale pitching.
Chester had two hits, including a double as she knocked in a run. McCullough had two singles and two runs scored from the leadoff position. Johnson continued to scorch the ball and had two hits. Glosson had a double and one RBI. Toni Cody and Avery each had one hit, one RBI. McGlamery had a double and a run scored. Anderson added a single.
Sapaugh got the pitching win with a complete game. She allowed one earned run off five hits while allowing no walks. She faced 26 batters throwing 80 pitches, 54 strikes.
The Lady Cats (10-8) were scheduled to play Central Heights on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Carrillo added, “We’re playing better. We hit the ball well against Mabank. But we are still not consistent at the plate. We are battling and that is good. We need to play better and do that in every game.”
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