MARSHALL — The Lady Cats flexed their muscles Friday, ripping eight hits as they blanked Marshall, 6-0 to open district play.
The game was a scoreless battle for the first four frames. Sulphur Springs struck for four runs in the fifth. The visitors padded the lead with two more in the seventh to cruise to the shutout win.
“Our girls always seem to come through when they have to. I think both teams were tight to start the game, since it was the district opener,” David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach.
Haylee Chester had two hits for Sulphur Springs. Makayla Glosson belted a double and drove in two, scoring twice. Hailey Dixon drove in two with a well-placed hit. Jaleigh Avery also doubled and drove in a run. Toni Cody, Meagan McCullough and Sarah Womack singled.
McCullough was injured in the game and had to be replaced by Womack in centerfield.
Dixon got the pitching for the Lady Cats as the team advanced their record to 14-8, 1-0.
The senior right-hander pitched all seven innings, facing 27 batters. She struck out nine, walked one and allowed just three singles in the game and no runs. Dixon threw 69 strikes out of 100 total pitches. Marshall had only one runner in scoring position the entire night.
Marshall took the loss and fell to 7-12 for the year, 0-1. The Lady Mavs pitcher Lindsay Moore took the loss. She threw 116 pitches, 75 for strikes.
Carrillo added, “We played well. Dixon was in control of the game, it was just a matter of us getting a few runs and we did. It’s always good to win in district, especially on the long trip to Marshall. But we don’t mind playing on the road. We traveled so much for tournaments. We kind of got used to it.”
In other district action - Mount Pleasant beat Pine Tree, 10-0 and Hallsville downed Texas High, 4-1.
The Lady Cats have their next district game at Mount Pleasant, Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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