Sulphur Springs kept their firm hold on first place in district with an 8-0 whipping of Pine Tree Thursday night.
The Lady Cats took control early in the 13-4A home softball game and advanced their district mark to 7-2 while Pine Tree fell to 1-8.
The win was a big improvement from Tuesday night’s 7-1 loss against Marshall.
“We played so much better than we did Tuesday. I told the girls after that game we needed to step it up and start gettting after it and we did against Pine Tree,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach. “We definitely are challenged if we want to win the district championship. We’re at a point to reach that goal we have to play every game with a sense of urgency. Our team knows what is at stake and we will continue to take it one inning at a time.”
In the win over Pine Tree, Sulphur Springs pounded the ball, getting 13 total hits.
Top hitters include: Jalie Eppars, 2-for-4, with a double, two runs scored, one RBI; JaMonica Hall, 3-for-4, two runs; Mac Morgan, 2-for-4, two RBIs, one run; Katie Dodd, 2-for-3, one run; Maurie Lewis, Krista McMahan, T’Kea Johnson were 1-for-3; Kara Tomlinson, 1-for-1, two walks, two runs.
Kaci Kennedy got the pitching win, hurling three innings, allowed no runs, three hits and striking out one. Throwing 36 total pitches, 25 strikes. Taylor Clifton pitched the final four innings for the save. She allowed no runs, three hits, walking one, fanning four. Clifton threw throwing 62 total pitches, 43 for strikes.
The Lady Cats play Longview at 6 p.m. on the road Tuesday. The game is varsity only, the JV has concluded their schedule.
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