It’s all gravy from this point on for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats.
They’ve living up to expectations for the season and then some.
Coming into the year, Sulphur Springs wanted contend for district, make the playoffs and have a good run in the postseason.
They have done all that and they have new goals to achieve. The Lady Cats are making their deepest run in the the playoffs since 2003.
Sulphur Springs finished third in district this year. The squad won over Wylie East sweeping the bi-district series 9-0 and 5-3.
Bolstered by that confidence, the Lady Cats upset Nacogdoches 3-2 in a one-game showdown for the Class 4A Region II area title.
Sulphur Springs, 22-12, faces Mansfield Legacy (28-7) in a one-game regional quarterfinal playoff Friday at 7 p.m. in Royse City.
Looking back at the postseason wins, the Lady Cats haven’t just been good enough, at times they have been dominating.
In the 9-0 win over Wylie East the team Hailey Dixon struck out 18 throwing a one-hitter. The senior pitcher was on her game and backed up by plenty of offense. The next day, in Wylie, it was the defense for Sulphur Springs which sparked a 5-3 win.
Sulphur Springs again just gave up one hit as they downed Nacogdoches in postseason play, 3-2.
The Lady Cats had an eight-hit attack with Toni Cody pounding out three hits while Haylee Chester contributed two hits. Freshman Sarah Womack had a two-run single in the sixth inning to spark the comeback win. Dixon again was dominating from the pitcher’s circle with 10 strikeouts. She has fanned 35 batters in three postseason games.
Sulphur Springs is 22-12 going up against Mansfield Legacy.
Kiara Johnson is tops in batting average with a .396 average and 38 hits. Kaylee Anderson leads the team with 27 RBIs. Makayla Glosson has 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts to go with her .284 average.
Dixon is 18-9 with 247 strikeouts in 167.2 innings, posting a 1.71 earned run average.
“We just want to enjoy the moment,” said David Carrillo, Lady Cats coach.
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