Scores from recent games show Sulphur Springs and Nacogdoches are two good teams heading for a showdown.
While the Lady Cats (21-12) were blasting McKinney North 9-0 and 5-3, the Lady Dragons (24-7) were winning 10-1 and 17-0 over Red Oak. Both squads took impressive wins in the bi-district round.
Now the teams collide in a winner-take-all Class 4A area contest at 6 p.m. Friday at Lindale High School.
Sulphur Springs head coach David Carrillo, for many years a fan of the best-of-three series, opted this time for a one game playoff. He decided to take his chances and ride the wave of momentum the team has experienced in recent big wins.
“I just felt that it best suited us,” Carrillo said of the one-game playoff. “We are better when we just have to focus on one thing and with prom being the next day that made two.”
Nacogdoches is hitting .369 as a team, they are coming off a bi-district series when the hammered five home runs.
Lady Dragon pitcher Kylie Murdock has a 23-5 record with a 1.94 earned run average. She had 25 innings of no-hit pitching during district. The squad averages 8.6 runs per game.
“They are very athletic. Their number one and two hitters are very impressive. Strong and have good speed. Their line up is very simular to Texas High,” Carrillo said. “The pitcher has good speed and movement. We need to be very disciplined at the plate and not chase bad pitches. They are a very good team but they are all good when you get in the playoffs. We just have to stay focused and continue to believe. We just have to play one game at a time.”
The Lady Cats are hitting .295 as a team in 33 games. Kiara Johnson tops the squad with a .404 average. She had a triple and an inside-the-park home run in the last playoff win. Toni Cody also has been swinging a hot bat with four runs batted in during the last two playoff games.
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