The best thing about two games in one day is that it is twice as nice when you win both.
The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats scored wins over North Lamar and Crandall in home day games with non-district foes.
“I thought we played well in both games. We won in different ways, but it was good experience,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach. “It was our last tuneup before district. I was glad we were able to use lots of players. It was tough competition for us between some good teams. North Lamar is good and Crandall has lots of team speed.”
Sulphur Springs 2,
North Lamar 1
The battle with the neighbors from the north turned into a nail-biting affair in this game which began at 11 a.m.
Conditions were still cool on the softball diamond, but Sulphur Springs rallied for the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to take the tightly-contested game.
The visitors pushed across a run in the top of the fifth to the game at 1-all.
Sulphur Springs answered with a run in the bottom of the frame which turned out to be the winning run.
Leadoff hitter Meagan McCullough reached on walk. Makayla Glosson popped out to right field. Pitcher Hailey Dixon singled on a 1-1 pitch to right field. Jaleigh Avery flied out to deep left field. McCullough stole third. With Kiara Johnson at the dish, McCullough came racing home on a pitch which got away from the catcher. The Lady Cats took the 2-1 lead.
Dixon held the North Lamar squad scoreless the remainder of the game to claim the win. Dixon had 12 strikeouts in the victory, walking three and allowing one unearned run off one hit. She threw 101 pitches, 64 for strikes.
Sarah Penrose was the losing pitcher for North Lamar allowing two runs off two hits, walking three with one strikeout.
The teams traded zeros on the scoreboard in the first two innings.
Sulphur Springs drew first blood with the opening run of the game. In the bottom of the third, the Lady Cats had something going when Katie Sapaugh drew a walk and Glosson hit a sinking liner off the glove of the North Lamar rightfielder. A run scored with Sulphur Springs in shape to pad the lead. But Dixon and Avery were retired in order leaving two runners stranded on the sacks. The Lady Cats had to be content with the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Cats got two base runners in the fourth from a single by Johnson and a walk to McGlamery. The Sulphur Springs squad could not come up with a two out hit to produce a run.
In the top of the third, North Lamar managed a run off a walk, stolen base and throwing error. The game was tied at 1-all.
Sulphur Springs pushed across a lone run in the bottom of the fifth and the 2-1 score held up for the final in the first game of the day.
Sulphur Springs 7,
The Lady Cats started the second game on Wednesday like they were going rout the visiting Lady Pirates.
Sulphur Springs scored all seven runs in the first two frames and hold on for the 7-6 victor against the determined Crandall squad.
Katie Sapaugh held on to get the pitching win. Bailee Buchanan was the losing pitcher for Crandall in a complete game effort.
The fireworks began in the first inning for the Lady Cats as they scored four runs, sending 10 batters to the plate.
McCullough reached on a walk. Glosson slammed a double to right field. Womack grounded out, but the runners each advanced a base. Avery and Johnson had back-to-back run scoring singles to the outfield to make it a 2-0 game. Kaylee Anderson drew a walk to load the sacks. Haylee Chester coaxed a base-loaded walk to get any easy RBI and extend the lead to 3-0. Toni Cody was retired on a fly ball out. Maci McGlamery walked. Johnson scored on a wild pitch and the Lady Cats lead was a 4-0. McCullough was retired for the third out, but the home team had done the damage.
Sulphur Springs continued to pound the ball; twice in the second inning the big optic yellow softball left the yard.
Womack reached on a single with one out in the bottom of the second. Avery connected with a 1-0 pitch and ripped the offering over the center field fence hitting a line drive homer to make it 6-0. Johnson following suit and jumped on the second pitch she saw for a home over the outfield fence to extend the lead to 7-0. The Lady Cats got a single from Anderson, but could not score another run.
Crandall struck for three runs in the third inning and added three in the fifth to close the gap to 7-6.
Sapaugh got help from her defense late and won the game with a complete game decision in six innings.
Avery was 2 for 2 with three RBIs, scoring twice. Johnson plated two with two hits and also scored a pair of runs.
Sapaugh pitched six innings, allowing six earned runs off 10 hits, striking out two and walking none. She faced 27 batters, throwing 86 pitches, 56 for strikes.
The Lady Cats (13-8) open district play Friday at Marshall. The JV game starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6 p.m.
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