|Half a game is better than none|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
March 17, 2004 -- MOUNT VERNON -- Half a game is better than none.
Half is about all the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats were able to get in Tuesday night before their game with Mount Vernon was called off due to rain and lightning.
Getting run production from the bottom of the order, the Lady Cats were leading 6-0 with a runner on third in the top of the fourth when the game was called. Because they did not finish the fourth, neither the result nor the statistics will be counted.
That's too bad for Stephanie Kethley, Cristie Dixon and Casey Carper, who combined for five RBIs for the Lady Cats in the first inning as they batted 11 girls in the frame. After that, it was all up to senior pitcher Melissa McSheffery, who fanned six and gave up just a lone single in three innings of work.
McSheffery had Sulphur Springs' other RBI on a sacrifice fly to center field in the first inning. Mount Vernon's Jamie Whitley caught the ball and made a strong throw home, but Lady Cat lead-off hitter Kristen Cross jarred the ball loose, scoring their first run.
Savana Gibby, Courtney Aguilar and Hollie Watson all worked consecutive walks in the first inning. Jennifer Anderson came in to relieve for Mount Vernon and after she finished off a walk to Kethley to drive in a run, Dixon greeted her with a two-run single up the middle and Carper plated two more runs with an opposite field single.
Gibby had a one-out single in the second and Carper beat out an infield single in the third, but the Lady Cats did not score. The game was called after McSheffery reached third on a fly ball in which two Mount Vernon outfielders collided in the fourth.
Meghan Sims was the only Lady Tiger batter to get a hit with a clean single up the middle in the third. But, McSheffery struck out at least two MV hitters in each inning.
SSHS JV 14, Mount Vernon 3
The Lady Cats junior varsity scored four runs in each of the first three innings to put the game away early.
Tanna Lampp and Hailey Watson combined to throw a five-hitter and give up no earned runs.
Offensively, nine different girls combined to knock out 11 hits. Whitney Rogers and Brandi Laine had two hits apiece. Terra Jackson, Christina Patchen, Watson, Betsy Blount, Kaneisha Johnson, Kaitlyn Black and Lampp all stroked singles.
In the first inning, Lampp and Blount each had RBI singles, while in the second frame, Watson knocked in a run and Johnson had a run-scoring double. In the third, Watson's single plated one run and a bases-loaded walk by Johnson drove in another. In the fourth, Chelsea Stovall and Patchen drove in runs.