Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo gets to actually put his team on the field today in a real game.
The long weeks of practices followed by UIL rulings, rain and more wet conditions has made the last few days kind of stressful. Distractions, especially for seniors, are around almost every corner for the Lady Cats.
Now they have to return to the business of playing softball.
The Lady Cats meet Kilgore in the playoffs and the prize is the bi-district softball title.
Sulphur Springs come into the game at 22-9, co-champions of District 13-4A.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Carrillo said when asked how he thought his team would play after the extended layoff. “We’re very anxious to get this thing going. I think it helps being in the playoffs last year, because our girls know what to expect.”
Last year the season ended too quickly for Carrillo with the Lady Cats losing to Forney in the area playoffs.
Kilgore, the No. 3 seed in district, is a team which has made great strides this season. The Lady Dawgs advanced to the playoffs one year after not posting a district win.
“Kilgore won’t show us anything that we haven’t seen,” Carrillo said. “I think a key for us in the game is getting off to a good start. We need to put constant pressure on them using our speed. I feel like we can use that to our advantage in this series.”
Either Kaci Kennedy or Taylor Clifton will start on the mound. Both have shared time pitching during the year.
The series begins today at 7 p.m. at Lady Cat park on the SSHS campus. The second game is 6 p.m. Monday at Kilgore’s Stream-Flo field. The third game, if needed, will be played immediately after the second game.
The winner of the series plays either Waco Midway or Terrell.
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