The Lady Cats open District 14-4A softball play tonight and head coach David Carrillo hopes they have learned from the triumphs and tribulations of non-district play.
Sulphur Springs, 13-8 for the year, plays at Marshall. The junior varsity game is at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity contest is set for 6 p.m.
Carrillo said, “We had two good home wins Wednesday. It was interesting because we won them in different ways. In one game, we really hit the ball well and had two homers. The other game was closer. But we managed to get two one-run wins.”
The Lady Cats are now riding a positive streak with the two home wins. Earlier in the season the team bounced up and down, depending on their outcome against some tough tournament foes.
“We’ve faced good competition and I hope we have learned from it,” Carrillo said. “We play tough teams to make us better. Also during non-district we get to use different lineups. I was really glad in the second game Wednesday we got to pitch Katie Sapaugh. She needed to play and it gave Hailey Dixon a chance to rest.”
Dixon will start in the circle today at Marshall in the district debut.
“Marshall has a good team. They have some speed and pretty good No. 3 and No. 4 hitters,” Carrillo said. “We feel ready for district because we have seen lots of different teams. We’ve play fast teams and some powerful teams. We have played them all and done pretty well.
Sulphur Springs returns several players from last year’s 16-15-1 team which made postseason.
Seniors in the lineup include: Toni Cody, catcher; Kaylee Anderson, shortstop, Dixon, pitcher and Maci McGlamery, flex player, Returning juniors are: Jaleigh Avery, third base; Kiara Johnson, outfield and Sapaugh pitcher/first baseman.
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