After going 6-4 in district, now the real work begins, the playoffs.
The playoffs are often called the third season by coaches, because they are built up to with work in the pre-season and then disrict.
“We have to take care of ourselves and not worry about anybody else,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach.
The Lady Cats (19-12) take on McKinney North in a best-of-three series. Game 1 is set Friday at 7 p.m. at Sulphur Springs; Game 2 is 10 a.m. Saturday at McKinney North and the third game, if needed is also at McKinney at 7 p.m. Monday.
“They are a very sound team offensively and defensively. They are led by Taylor McAllister, a University of Texas signee,” Carrillo said.
McAllister is hitting .611 for the year with 10 homers, 51 runs batted in. She is one of five players on the Lady Bulldogs hitting .470 or better.
Celeste Verdolivo is the McKinney North ace pitcher. She has a 15-2 record and the sophomore posts a 1.43 earned run average.
Sulphur Springs comes into the game hitting .295 as a team in 31 games. Kiara Johnson has the top average a .386. Meagan McCullough is hitting .333 and tops the team with 36 hits. Jaleigh Avery has 26 runs batted in. Four players on the team, Avery, Kaylee Anderson, Makayla Glosson and Hailey Dixon, have 20 or more runs batted in.
Dixon is 15-9 on the year as a pitcher with 212 strikeouts in 146.2 innings. She has a 1.81 earned run average.
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