The handwriting is on the wall for Sulphur Springs teams in postseason action; it’s going to be a bumpy road.
But for coaches who apply the adage - you have to beat the best to be the best - it should feel comforting.
The Lady Cats and Wildcats both have tough opponents in games set this week.
The Lady Cats (21-12) face Nacogdoches (24-7) in a one-game area playoff Friday at 6 p.m. in Lindale.
“All the teams in the playoffs are good. We just decided to try a one-game series. We feel like it fits us and we way we play,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach.
The Lady Cats are riding the crest of confidence after downing McKinney North in the bi-district series. Sulphur Springs never wavered and swept the Lady Bulldogs 9-0 and 5-3.
Nacogdoches is on a 12-game winning streak and also put up some impressive scores in bi-district. The Lady Dragons drubbed Red Oak, 10-1, 17-0 to advance in the playoffs. Nacogdoches hitting five homers in the two game match. The Lady Dragons are averaging 8.6 runs a game.
Sulphur Springs senior pitcher Hailey Dixon, 17-9 with 237 strikeouts on the year, will meet Nacogdoches ace, Kylie Murdock who is 23-5.
In baseball action, Sulphur Springs (18-9-1) will play Wylie East (21-3-1) in a best-of-three bi-district series.
Game 1 is set Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Wylie East; Game 2 is Saturday, noon, at Sulphur Springs, Game 3 if needed to follow.
Wylie East might be a new school, just in their third year of existence, but they have already gotten noticed in playoffs. After all the Raiders are the only team this year to beat No. 8 ranked McKinney North. Wylie East finished second to the Bulldogs in district.
Raider coach Heath Andrews said his team got valuable experience playing the tough district schedule.
“The experience my players had in our last district alignment, which was made up if some of the toughest programs in the area, I feel, has prepared them more than any past playoff experience. We have faced very solid programs week in and week out. Facing tough people has made us tough. I feel our kids are ready. They’re excited about the opportunity of being the first and that is refreshing to be a part of,” Andrews said.
The coach continued, “Sulphur Springs is a scrappy team with a competitive history. I think their coaching staff does a great job with them and (Jerrod) Hammack has been there long enough to establish high expectations of their program. They are led by two senior brothers that have proven to be very effective on the mound as well as in the line up. I think we match up well and defense will be the key.”
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