Hallsville broke a close game open with eight runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-2 win over Sulphur Springs Tuesday night in girls softball action.
The loss dropped the Lady Cats to 18-12 overall, 5-4 in district. State-ranked Hallsville kept their hold on first place going to 8-1 in district, 23-5-1 on the year.
Cassidy Ferrill got her 15th win of the year for Hallsville as she struck out eight and limited Sulphur Springs to five hits.
Kiara Johnson clubbed a double and scored the first run for the Lady Cats. Jaleigh Avery and Kaylee Anderson had run scoring singles. Toni Cody and Hailey Dixon also had hits.
Dixon was the losing pitcher as she allowed nine runs (eight unearned runs) off 13 hits and struck out four She threw 136 pitches, 85 for strikes.
The Lady Cats had five errors in the game while the Lady Bobcats had two miscues.
The story of the game was the sixth frame for Hallsville. The visitors sent 12 batters to dish, getting two doubles, four singles and using one walk and two errors to score eight times.
The game began well for the Lady Cats as they took an early 1-0 lead. Johnson doubled to the outfield fence and was knocked in by Avery on a single to the outfield.
Hallsville scored one run in the fifth and eight more in the sixth to go ahead 9-1. The Lady Cats scored in the sixth, but lost 9-2.
“We played well, we just had that one bad inning. I felt that we battled for the most part,” said David Carrillo, Lady Cats head softball coach. “Hallsville is a very good team and I am proud of the way we competed.”
The Lady Cats host Pine Tree for Senior Night Friday at 6 p.m.
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