The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats are taking a lead from their coach - they are enjoying the ride along the way.
Sulphur Springs will meet Mansfield Legacy in the playoffs today at 7 p.m. in Royse City and some might consider the Lady Cats overachievers to be in the Class 4A, Regional Quarterfinals.
But they are there and loving every minute of it.
After taking the bi-district crown in a sweep over Wylie East and edging Nacogdoches for the area title, the Lady Cats are confident they can win when they step on the softball diamond.
Lady Cats coach David Carrillo approach is “enjoy the ride, who knows when we will be back again.”
Sulphur Springs (22-12) are making their deepest run in the playoffs since 2003.
Now the foe is Mansfield Legacy, a squad with a 28-7 mark. The Lady Broncos swept Hallsville, 10-4, 8-3 in the area round.
Michelle Mayfield, head coach for Mansfield Legacy is impressed with what Sulphur Springs has accomplished.
“They are a solid team coming off a great win in the area round,” Mayfield said. “It should be a good matchup. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Sulphur Springs expects a tight series as well.
“Our girls are very excited. I feel like we are playing with confidence. We feel blessed to have the opportunity that's ahead of us,” Carrillo said. “Mansfield Legacy is a well-coached, disciplined team and their lineup is explosive 1-9. They have a great pitcher in Baylor signee Kendall Potts. She was injured earlier in the year but she is back. We hope to be able to take advantage of every opportunity Friday night. It's an exciting time for our program and our kids will be ready to play.”
Briana Walker leads Mansfield with a .606 average and 24 stolen bases. Brittanny Walker is hitting .493 with 26 RBIs.
Potts has a 3-1 pitching record. The pitching duties have been divided between Karlie Milburn (7-2), Ryan Wright (6-2) and Courtney Hart (8-1) according to team statistics.
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