Sulphur Springs rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to stage a come-from-behind 3-2 win and knock the Texas High Lady Tigers out of the undefeated ranks in District 13-4A competition.
The game, played Monday as a make-up for an earlier rainout, was a battle with both teams showing their claws. The game was quick and brisk with no errors and played in a little more than an hour with the teams combining for 11 hits.
With the win, Sulphur Springs ties Texas High at 4-1 and leadership of the softball standings in the district.
Pitcher Kaci Kennedy started the game for Sulphur Springs, surrendering two runs off three hits in 2.1 innings pitched facing 10 batters, walking none with no strike out. Taylor Clifton hurled the final 4.2 innings, giving up two hits, no runs, fanning four of the 16 batters she faced.
Texas High jumped ahead 1-0 after one inning and added another lone run in the third to take a 2-0 lead.
Ariel McDowell pitched well for Texas High striking out 13 in the game.
The only runs for Sulphur Springs came in the sixth. Krista McMahan walked and Brittani Crawford singled down the third base line. JaMonica Hall singled home a run. With runners on base, Mac Morgan clouted a two-run triple to give Sulphur Springs the lead at 3-2.
The Lady Cats would hold the lead and take the win.
“It was a great game. We just hung in there. Crawford and Morgan has some big hits,” Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo said. “We played awesome defense. Clifton did a great job of closing the game and picking up the win. It’s tough to win on the road, but we were able to string together some hits. It was a great game and it’s going to be a dogfight down to the end.”
Sulphur Springs is now 17-7 for the year, 4-1 in district.
Texas High is also 4-1 in district play.
The Lady Cats play at home today at the SSHS diamond against Mount Pleasant.
The junior varsity game is at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m.
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