After sweeping McKinney North in the bi-district playoffs in two games, the next round will be a one game winner-take-all contest.
The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats will meet Nacogdoches in a one-game playoff with the Class 4A area softball title on the line. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Lindale High School.
Admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for students.
Nacogdoches advances into the area round after overwhelming Red Oak. The Lady Dragons (24-7) won 10-1 and 17-0 in the bi-district round.
Sulphur Springs (21-12) is riding the momentum of the bi-district series win. The Lady Cats downed the Lady Bulldogs on the diamond with a 9-0 win in the opening game. Hailey Dixon struck out 17 in a one-hitter. The series was decided Saturday morning as Sulphur Springs won 5-3 at McKinney North.
Dixon again got the pitching win. She faced 33 batters in seven innings, throwing 123 pitches, 64 for strikes. She gave up five hits, three runs, one earned run, walking six and striking out eight.
Kiara Johnson was impressive at the plate going 2 for 3 with a triple and an inside-the-park home run, two runs scored with one RBI. Makayla Glosson also had a triple. Jaleigh Avery belted a double. Toni Cody, Haylee Chester and Maci McGlamery had one RBI each.
For McKinney North, Celeste Verdolivo was the losing pitcher giving up four runs on five hits. Smiley Coxwell closed the game out in relief after Verdolivo was lifted after five 1/3 innings.
Top hitter for the Lady Bulldogs - Taylor McAllister, a signee with the University of Texas, was limited to one hit and one run scored in the series.
The Lady Cats had 16 hits and scored 14 runs in the two-game series with McKinney North.
Sulphur Springs enters the area game against Nacogdoches hitting .298 as a team.
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