The Pantherettes, a State Class 4A Finalist team in 2008, downed the Lady Cats 9-0 and 12-4 in doubleheader Class 4A Area playoff action in Mansfield Friday night.
“We battled, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Against a team like Waco Midway you have to be flawless and we weren’t. We made some mistakes and that really helped them,” said Sulphur Springs head softball coach David Carrillo.
Taylor Clifton was the losing pitcher in Game 1, a 9-0 loss, with senior Kaci Kennedy tagged with the defeat in the second game, a 12-4 final.
In the first game, Clifton gave up 13 hits and nine runs, striking out one. Sulphur Springs was held to five hits. Mac Morgan had two singles with Kara Tomlinson, T’Kea Johnson and Katie Dodd each with hits.
“Waco hit the ball really well in the first game and we had some mistakes,” Carrillo said. “In the second game, we were down 4-1 and came back to tie it 4-all. Maurie Lewis and Mac Morgan had big hits.”
But in the end it was not enough as the Pantherettes rallied for the win in the second game and took the series.
The second game saw the Lady Cats limited to six hits, compared to 11 for the Pantherettes. Jamonica Hall had a double, single and one run score as did Jalie Eppars; Morgan had one hit and Lewis belted an RBI triple.
Kennedy took the pitching loss allowing 12 runs off 11 hits, striking out five.
“Waco Midway has such a solid team with a strong tradition. They are very good and they put on a display of what they could do. It did not work out from us, but I think we learned from this game. We saw what success they (Waco Midway) have and we want to get to the next level,” said Carrillo.
The game was the final contest for seniors Kaci Kennedy, Brittani Crawford, Krista McMahan and Katie Dodd.
“It’s hard to say goodbye to these girls,” Carrillo said. “They have such character and different personalities; they had been a lot of fun to coach. They were raised right and they’re good people and that’s a credit to their parents.”
The season ends for 24-11 for the Lady Cats who were district co-champions and bi-district champions, finishing as area finalists.
“We had a great year,” Carrillo said. “I am proud of how we battled and we have a good group coming back. I am already making plans for next year.”
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