Going into Tuesday night’s home match up against Mount Pleasant, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats were in a first place tie with Texas High in the district softball standings. Sulphur Springs improved its district record to 5-1 after an 8-1 thrashing over the Lady Tigers.
The top of the first inning was anything but pleasant for Mount Pleasant as SSHS starting pitcher Kaci Kennedy threw three straight strikeouts. After five at-bats for the Lady Cats, the inning ended with no score on the board.
Kennedy added another strikeout to her book to close out the first half of the second inning leaving the Lady Tigers scoreless. After an uneventful start, Sulphur Springs got the crowd going with their prolific second inning.
Brittani Crawford started things off with a single to set up a T’Kea Johnson RBI. Jalie Eppars then knocked in Kara Tomlinson, making the score 2-0. Mac Morgan, junior third basemen, slammed a two-run triple, lighting up the scoreboard 4-0.
Despite a pitching change for Mount Pleasant, the inning ended in wild fashion as Morgan came home off a wild throw to first. At the conclusion of the second inning, Sulphur Springs had a confident 5-0 lead.
The Lady Cats’ pitching staff continued to shine as Kennedy threw for six strikeouts, keeping the Lady Tigers tamed. Eppars got her second RBI of the night off a sacrifice single putting the Lady Cats up 6-0 going into the top of the fourth.
Coach David Carrillo stuck with his plan of changing out the pitchers by bringing in the strong-armed Taylor Clifton to start the fourth inning. Clifton had one strikeout to finish the top of the fourth and hold Mount Pleasant to zero in the run column.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Cats could begin to sense a well-deserved victory in their midst. After an additional pitching change for Mount Pleasant, JaMonica Hall sparked a fire with a triple. Thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI from Maurie Lewis, Sulphur Springs extended its lead to seven runs.
Clifton tagged on another strikeout to her season totals in the fifth inning to shutout the Lady Tigers yet again. Morgan racked up her third RBI of the night bringing in Johnson to bring the run total for the Lady Cats up to eight.
Mount Pleasant brought in one run Tuesday night, but it was not enough to catch up to the Sulphur Springs bat attack. The Lady Cats take on the Marshall Lady Mavericks here in Sulphur Springs this Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.
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