Lady Cats wheel past Paschal in tiebreaker inning
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Feb. 27, 2004 -- CORSICANA -- Hollie Watson is better known for her pitching prowess, but Friday afternoon she got the chance to show off her "speed."

Watson scored from second on a misplayed sacrifice bunt in the ITB inning to give Sulphur Springs a 2-1 win over Fort Worth Paschal in the Corsicana Classic.

The teams had played to a 1-1 tie after six innings when the time limit ran out, prompting the international tiebreaker where each team gets to put the previous batter from the last inning on second base to start the extra frame.

In this case, it was Watson who started on second and scored when senior Courtney Aguilar's sacrifice bunt was misplayed by the Paschal catcher, who skipped the throw past the first baseman. Watson slid home ahead of the throw from the right fielder.

"Oh my. It seems I'm always the ITB runner. Everybody's saying 'Hollie, unhitch that wagon,' " said Watson with a laugh. "I was just trying to score."

She got a good jump off second and never hesitated when coach John McCullough sent her home.

"Once you're in ITB, you've got to take chances, and when I saw the ball go by, I sent Hollie, and if the right fielder made a great play and got us out, then so be it," McCullough said. "But, you've got to take chances late in the game like that, and I felt like we had a great chance to score, and we did."

McCullough took the chance because both pitchers, SSHS' Melissa McSheffery and Paschal's Ashley Lail, had been almost unhittable.

McSheffery threw a one-hitter -- the lead-off batter got on with a swinging bunt -- and Paschal batters never got a ball out of the infield the entire game. McSheffery ended with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Lail pitched a two-hitter and also struck out 10. Sulphur Springs' Casey Carper singled up the middle in the third inning, then Stephanie Kethley had the big blow in the fifth.

Kethley led off the inning by drilling a double down the right field line. She went to third on Kristen Cross' grounder to shortstop and scored on a passed ball.

That tied the game at 1-1. Paschal scored its lone run in the first on a hit by Megan Rabon, a pair of walks and an error.

"Melissa kind of struggled the first four batters for some reason," McCullough said. "After that inning, they couldn't touch her. They didn't get a hit, they didn't get the ball out of the infield."

The Lady Cats (3-0-1) received excellent defense from Carper at second, who had five putouts and an assist. She fielded the final two balls of the seventh when Paschal had its ITB runner at second.

They were scheduled to continue play on Saturday with games at 9 a.m. against West Mesquite, 12:10 p.m. against San Marcos, and 4:55 p.m. against Desoto.

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