HALLSVILLE — The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats lost their first game in District 14-4A play, falling 11-4 against the Ladycats.
Hallsville went to 4-0 and top spot in the district race.
Sulphur Springs slipped to 3-1 in district, 16-9 overall.
The Hallsville squad set the tone for the game early, scoring eight runs in the second inning. Several Sulphur Springs mistakes helped the home team’s cause. On the night, Hallsville scored 11 unearned runs from 12 hits and three Sulphur Springs errors.
“We had a bad inning early that put us in a hole. It's tough to come out of that but our kids battled the entire game,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs Lady Cats head softball coach. “We were able to cut it down to 8-4 but just could come back all the way. I am very proud of our kids and by no means is our season over. We still have plenty of softball left. We just have to make plays when we have the opportunity. This game was a great learning experience. We just move on from here.”
Hailey Dixon took the pitching loss in a complete game. She allowed 12 hits, walked four and struck out four.
Dixon faced 34 batters throwing 129 pitches, 71 for strikes in six innings.
At the dish, the Lady Cats managed to score four times off four hits. Two of the runs were unearned with Hallsville making four errors in the game.
Sulphur Springs scored once in the fourth frame and put together a three-run rally in the fifth inning.
Kiara Johnson had two hits and knocked in one run, scoring once. Makayla Glosson and Jaleigh Avery had one run each. Haylee Chester had two RBIs.
The Lady Cats will be on the road in Longview against Pine Tree in a rare Thursday game.
The junior varsity game is at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 6 p.m.
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