Paige Purifoy's one-out infield grounder scored Morgan Arst from third in the top of the eighth, giving Marshall a 10-9 come-from-behind win Friday at Lady Cats park.
The loss was a bitter pill for Sulphur Springs to swallow after leading for five innings and apparently having the game in hand.
Marshall came storming back to score four runs in the sixth, adding five more in the seventh and pushed across the lone run in the eight to take the hard-fought win.
Sulphur Spring pitcher Hailey Dixon was tagged with the loss despite striking out 10 in the contest. Dixon struck out six of the first 11 batters she faced, but was roughed up later. Dixon pitched the complete game allowing all 10 runs. Four of the runs were unearned due to five Lady Cat errors. Dixon gave up nine hits as she faced 40 batters in the game which lasted more than two hours.
Dixon paced the hitters at the dish for Sulphur Springs going 3 for 4. Kaylee Anderson knocked in four with a homer and double. Kiara Johnson plated two runs with a double and a single. Sarah Womack came off the bench and contributed an RBI double.
Marshall starting pitcher Lindsay Moore not only got the pitching victory, but had three hits and two runs batted in. Jalea Holland knocked in three with a double. Callie Williams also ripped a two run double. Arst scored the winning run for Marshall and contributed a triple and single from the leadoff slot.
The game turned in the sixth inning with Sulphur Springs up 4-0. After holding the Lady Mavs scoreless for the first five frames, Marshall got hot at the plate, partially fueled by fielding miscues by Sulphur Springs. The Lady Mavs sent seven batters to the dish with four of them scoring to deadlock the game at 4-all.
“We had a chance in that inning to get a double play, but we missed the ball and didn’t get any outs,” said David Carrillo, Lady Cats head coach. “That was a turning point. I think us making the error shook up Hailey too. But Marshall made the plays and got the hits to win the game. We have to do better and step up and make our own plays.”
Sulphur Springs got a runner in the bottom of the sixth as Dixon beat out a bunt hit. Anderson struck out, but Dixon moved to second. Womack popped out to the first base. Catcher Toni Cody was retired when she worked the count full, but went down swinging at an offspeed pitch. Dixon was left stranded in scoring position as action moved to the seventh.
The Lady Mavs erupted for five runs from a rally which included three extra base hits, a walk, a hit batter and a fielding error by the Lady Cats. Marshall was up and making noise in the dugout holding a 9-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Makayla Glosson reached on a one out walk. Johnson doubled to the field to score Glosson and make it a 9-5 game. Jaleigh Avery drew a walk. Haylee Chester singled in a run with a hit to right field. Dixon went down on strikes. With runners on second and third, Anderson clouted a double to left field cutting the Marshall lead to 9-8. Womack doubled home the tying run during the rally and it was a 9-all contest. Cody popped out and the contest went to extra innings.
Marshall led off the eight with a single by Arst. Arst moved to second on a passed ball. Dixon got a strikeout. Arst moved to third on a ball in the dirt. Purifoy hit a chopper to third and with Arst running on contact was able to score and put the visitors up 10-9.
Sulphur Springs went down in order in the bottom of the eighth. Marshall players flooded the field after the final out as the Lady Mavs claimed the 10-9 victory, their first on the season over Sulphur Springs.
In the early going, it was all rosy for the hometown Lady Cats. Dixon was on her game, retiring Marshall in the top of the second in just three minutes, as she got three outs on seven pitches.
Sulphur Springs flexed their muscles early, scoring twice in the second inning. Dixon reached on a single and scored when Anderson belted a 2-2 pitch high over the left field fence for a homer to make it a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Glosson reached on a walk and quick stole second. Glosson scored moments later when Johnson ripped a single to the outfield. Sulphur Springs had a 3-0 lead and everything was under control for the home team.
Sulphur Springs padded the lead with a lone run in the bottom of the fifth. Sulphur Springs was ahead 4-0 going into the sixth inning.
Marshall scored all 10 runs in the final three frames to escape town with a 10-9 win.
The Lady Cats fell to 4-2 in district, 17-10 overall. Marshall is now 3-3 in district, 10-14 on the season.
In junior varsity action Friday, Sulphur Springs took a 14-2 win.
Molly Johnston had an inside-the-park homer and a triple: Lexie Moore added a triple and a home run. Sierra Nickerson was the winning pitcher.
The varsity will host Mount Pleasant at 6 p.m. Tuesday, varsity only, at the Lady Cats softball diamond.
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