That’s why it took assistant coach Eric Buck to reveal Carrillo’s latest milestone, not the head coach.
When the Lady Cats downed Lewisville, 10-1 Friday evening it was Carrillo’s 200th career win as a head softball coach.
Buck had tipped off some people, Carrillo did not want a big deal done over the win.
“I did not tell that many people about it, but winning 200 games is special,” Carrillo said. “It’s a wonder it happened at all.”
Carrillo admits he’s had some rough coaching stops along his journey of 14 years on the softball diamond. His teams have made it to the playoffs 10 times.
After beginning his softball coaching career in the mid 90s in Pittsburg, then a four-year stop in Commerce before coming to Sulphur Springs.
Carrillo is in his third year as head coach of the Lady Cats. The team is currently 13-4.
“I almost gave up coaching softball and just stuck with football,” Carrillo said with a laugh. “Coaching at Commerce was rough, the program was down. But by the time I left they were in the playoffs. I was proud of that accomplishment considering where we started.”
The coach continued, “That’s what makes coaching so special. It’s not about me, it’s all the great kids and the wonderful assistant coaches I have had over the years. They’re the reason we win the games.”
“Getting the 200th win feels good, I am truly blessed,” Carrillo said. “I guess it happened pretty fast. I’ve taken teams to the playoffs, I’d like to win the state championship, I have that goal left.”
Sulphur Springs rebounded from a sluggish start Thursday to take two wins Friday in the Frisco softball tournament.
The Lady Cats got 11 hits as they scored a big 10-1 win over Lewisville in the first of two games.
Kara Tomlinson and JaMonica Hall powered home runs. Tomlinson knocked in two runs and Hall had one RBI and two total hits in the game.
Also getting big hits were: Brittani Crawford, two RBI with a double and run scored; Krista McMahan also plated two runs and had two hits; Mac Morgan, 1-for-2, one run scored one RBI; Katie Dodd was 2-for-3 with one run scored; T’Kea Johnson had one hit, one RBI; Jaylee Eppars also had a hit.
Winning pitcher was Kaci Kennedy with three innings pitched allowing just one run off one hit facing 12 batters, striking out three and walking two batters. Taylor Clifton got the save with four innings pitched in relief with one run allowed from two hits, striking out seven and walking none.
In the second game played Friday, the Lady Cats took a 9-2 win over Frisco Liberty.
Dodd was the hitting star going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Also knocking in runs were Hall, McMahan, Tomlinson and Crawford. Tomlinson had a triple and Crawford added a double in the rout. Johnson had two hits with Jordan Sharp adding a single.
Clifton pitched a complete game to get the win as she threw 92 pitches, 63 for strikes. She fanned 11 of the 21 batters she faced giving up one earned run, two runs total, two hits while walking none.
The Lady Cats concluded play in the tournament Saturday. Sulphur Springs begins district play Tuesday at Marshall with the JV game set at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 6:30 p.m.
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