The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats are primed and ready to play a game.
The only problem is they don’t get to take the field until May 11.
The Lady Cats, co-champions of District 13-4A, haven’t played a meaningful game since April 24.
Between the swine flu ruling by UIL which cancelled all games and the recent wet weather, the Lady Cats are in a holding pattern.
The tentative schedule of upcoming events for the Sulphur Springs softball team includes: May 11, warm-up game at Rowlett, 5 p.m.; bi-district playoffs vs. Kilgore, Game 1, May 14 at Sulphur Springs, 7 p.m.; Game 2, May 15, at Kilgore, 6 p.m., third game if necessary after second game, same location.
Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo has been trying to keep the practices interesting and brisk for the team. But he fears that the layoff combined with the amount of activities around the school, especially for seniors, might lead to distractions for his team.
“We did not have a very sharp practice Tuesday,” Carrillo admitted. “I re-emphasized our goals for this season and how we can’t afford to waste practices. I know a lot is going on right now, we have to be more focused when we are on the field. We will have a better day tomorrow.”
The Lady Cats are 22-9 for the year and were in a good playing rhythm when district ended. The win over Mount Pleasant gave them a 9-3 mark and tied them with Texas High for the title.
Carrillo said, “We are just trying to stay fundamentally sound. Each practice becomes more and more important because of the weather. You don’t know when you will be outside again.”
Kilgore is paced by the hitting of Becca Stokes. Stokes has a .494 average with 44 hits, two homers and 22 RBI; Alyssa McKinney is hitting .316 with 12 RBI while Meagan Youngblood has a .486 average, 36 hits and 20 RBI. Stokes is a pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs with a 4-1 record and 3.60 earned run average; Youngblood, another pitcher, has a 6-10 record with 147 strikeouts and an earned run average of 0.991.
Top Lady Cat hitter is Mac Morgan with a team-high of 48 hits, 28 RBIs, hitting .475 with a .646 slugging percentage. She also has stolen 15 bases in 16 attempts. Kara Tomlinson has 25 RBIs to go with a .370 average. Katie Dodd is hitting .337 she has 24 RBIs with a team-high nine doubles. Catcher Maurie Lewis hits at a .371 clip with 23 hits turned into 21 RBI; Krista McMahan has 20 RBI; JaMonica Hall has 33 hits, two homers,15 of 17 stolen bases and 20 RBIs. Also hitting over .400 is Kaci Kennedy with six RBIs; Bailee Speaker has a.385 average in limited duty; T'Kea Johnson is hitting .349 with 30 hits and 15 RBIs; Crawford is hitting .313 with 31 hits, 15 RBIs.
Carrillo said, “Kilgore will not just roll over for us. They’re happy to be in the playoffs, we expected to be in. But if we don’t play our best we will be in trouble. I am confident in our team, we just need to play hard.”
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