SSHS softball girls roll in tournament opener
From Staff Reports

Feb. 27, 2004 -- CORSICANA -- It took an inning for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats to get going Thursday night in the opener of the Corsicana Classic, but when they did, they never stopped.

The Lady Cats pounded out 13 hits, including four doubles, in an 11-1, six-inning win over Leander.

Leander took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Lady Cats scored in four of the next five innings.

"We got in a real good groove at the plate after the first inning and hit some shots," said SSHS head coach John McCullough, whose team improved to 2-0-1. "It was a good game all around."

Senior pitcher Hollie Watson gave up an unearned run in the first inning on a hit, a walk and an error, but ended the game by giving up just four hits while striking out seven and walking two.

"Hollie settled down after that first inning and threw real well," McCullough said. "They didn't hit too many balls very hard. She pretty much controlled the game after that."

Watson also had one of the team's extra-base hits, knocking in Sulphur Springs' first run of the game with a second-inning double, which followed a lead-off double by senior shortstop Savana Gibby. Senior catcher Courtney Aguilar followed with an RBI single, and SSHS had a 2-1 lead they would continue to build on.

The Lady Cats added two more runs in the third inning on Watson's deep fly to leftfield and another RBI by Aguilar, before batting around in the four-run fourth.

Junior Casey Carper started the fourth-inning rally with a double, followed by Kristen Cross' RBI single and a walk to Whitney Gideon. Melissa McSheffery, who had three hits, plated one run with a long double, Watson drove in a run with a fielder's choice, and junior Stephanie Kethley's RBI single gave Sulphur Springs an 8-1 lead.

The Lady Cats ended the game in the sixth with three more runs. Carper's single drove in Aguilar, who had walked, and Gideon drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in another run.

The Lady Cats are scheduled to get back in action today with a 1:10 p.m. game against Fort Worth Paschal, and at 4:20 p.m. against Huntsville. On Saturday, they are scheduled to play West Mesquite at 9 a.m., San Marcos at 12:10 p.m., and Desoto at 4:55 p.m.

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