It was perfection.
Not just by one person, but two Sulphur Springs pitchers, Kaci Kennedy and Taylor Clifton, combined for a 10-0 win over Longview and a perfect game.
Goose eggs on the scoring sheet never looked so pretty as the Lady Cats gave up nothing to the visitors Friday night. It was 18 up and 18 down.
Perfection means the Lady Lobos did not touch the basepaths. They did not reach by a hit, run, error or walk Friday.
Kennedy pitched the first three innings, facing nine batters and striking out five. Clifton pitched three innings of relief in the 10-run rule. She faced nine batters and struck out three.
“It was a great pitching performance for us,” said Sulphur Springs head baseball coach David Carrillo. “I think we were more relaxed in this game and we played well. You can’t say much more than perfection.” On the night Sulphur Springs pitchers combined to throw 50 pitches, 47 were strikes.
Losing pitcher for Longview, Sierra Bailey, pitched a complete game allowing 10 runs off 10 hits, walking three and throwing 115 pitches, 68 strikes.
The Lady Cats (3-1 in district) scored enough runs to win, one, in the first inning.
Mac Morgan belted a one-out double and took third on an errant throw. Katie Dodd doubled off the outfielder’s glove to make it a 1-0 game.
Kennedy retired Longview on strikes in the top of the second inning.
Sulphur Springs went back to work at the plate as they scored six times, sending nine batters to the plate. T’Kea Johnson bunted home a run. Jalee Eppars and JaMonica Hall also reached when Longview was unable to field infield grounders. With the bases loaded, Morgan doubled home three runs to make it 6-0. The Lady Cats tacked on a run when a runner was caught stealing at second, but Morgan was able to score and make it a 7-0 game.
The Lady Cats added one run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to win by the 10-0 total in six innings.
Brittani Crawford had two RBI from a hit, Dodd had two hits, two RBI; Hall had two hits and Kara Tomlinson added a single.
SS JV 3, Longview JV 1
Candace Wilkes got the pitching win as Sulphur Springs won 3-1 over Longview. Wilkes threw four innings, striking out six and walking none. Mallory Rawson pitched on inning of relief, allowing one run.
Sulphur Springs struck for all three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Ariel Spataro drew a walk, then stole second and third bases. Caitlin Nix popped out to third baseman attempting to bunt. Kyri Ivery grounded out, but go an RBI. Michelle Segleski doubled off the centerfielder’s glove for two more runs.
The Lady Cats will be in action Tuesday at Texarkana taking on Texas High with the JV game at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity at 6 p.m.
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