Makayla Glosson slapped a single in the bottom of the seventh scoring Katie Barnett, giving Sulphur Springs a 3-2 walkoff win over Mount Pleasant.
The game was a see-saw, nailbiting thriller from the very start. The crowd was on the edge of their seats watching the contest held on a humid, windy night at Lady Cats softball diamond.
Neither team scored in the first four innings as the squads exchanged goose eggs on the scoreboard.
Mount Pleasant got two runs in the top of the first, taking a 2-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs responded with one run in the fifth and another lone tally in the sixth to tie the game and force the nervous seventh inning.
Sulphur Springs was able to come up with clutch hits to scratch across a run late and claim the 3-2 district victory.
The Lady Cats are now 5-2 in district, 18-10 overall. Mount Pleasant falls to 2-5, 16-11.
“I felt we came out very flat offensively and struggled stringing hits together. We came through when it mattered though,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball said. “Meagan McCullough and Kaylee Anderson had a good night at the plate. Kaylee had big hit in the bottom of the seventh and Makayla came through to get the run in to end it. Hailey Dixon pitched well giving up only four hits and striking out 13.”
Dixon got the pitching win and had another stellar game. She threw 128 pitches, 81 for strikes. Dixon faced 29 batters, striking out 13. She gave up four hits, two runs, one earned run and walked four.
At the plate, McCullough had two hits and one RBI; Anderson added two hits; Jaleigh Avery had a double and plated a run. Glosson had the game-winning RBI. Also getting hits were Toni Cody and Haylee Chester.
The Lady Cats take on Texas High Friday at 6 p.m. in Texarkana.
“The win over Mount Pleasant was an ugly win, but I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty,” Carrillo said. “This win over Mount Pleasant sets up the showdown with Texas High on Friday. It has a huge impact on playoff seeding as well as any hope of winning a district championship.”
MOUNT PLEASANT — In the recent JV tournament, the Lady Cats took second according to coach Michelle Namanny.
Sulphur Springs lost 11-2 to Hallsville. Melanie Ford ripped a triple, Kelly Osornio and Lexi Moore doubled. Katie Barnett had a run batted in.
The Lady Cats had bye in the first round of the tournament.
In the second round, they defeated Marshall 11-1 behind strong pitching by Sierra Nickerson. Nickerson struck out seven and allowed just one run. Tamra Rushing belted a two-run homer and had two doubles. Molly Johnston plated a run. Barnett had two doubles while Ford and Moore each added two baggers.
“We played well. We had beaten Hallsville earlier in the year, but came up short this time,” said Namanny, junior varsity softball coach.
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