Lady Cats to face Forney in bi-district round of playoffs
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 26, 2005 - The playoff match-up for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats has been set, and it's a familiar foe in a familiar place.

The Lady Cats will take on the Forney Lady Jackrabbits at 8 p.m. Friday at the McKinney High School field in the bi-district round of the Class 4A softball playoffs.

The Lady Cats traveled to Forney early in the season and were beaten, 3-2, in nine innings. They had six hits against Forney ace Britney Benedict, while Forney had five hits and scored two unearned runs.

Sulphur Springs (17-8-2) is also familiar with the field, having played there several times, including last year's bi-district game against Mesquite Poteet.

Forney (23-6-3) lost to Poteet, 1-0, Monday night in a showdown for second place in District 11-4A. Forney finished third in District 11-4A with an 8-3 mark.

Sulphur Springs is the 12-4A runner-up with an 8-2 record.

The district champion, Texarkana (24-3), receives a first round bye, while the third-place team, Paris (16-11), will play Poteet in bi-district.

BASEBALL

The Sulphur Springs Wildcats will attempt to secure a playoff berth tonight when they host Texas High during Senior Night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

The Wildcats (15-7-1) are currently tied with Paris atop the District 12-4A standings with 6-2 records. Texas High has a 12-12, 4-4 mark and is currently tied for third with North Lamar.

A win by Sulphur Springs will put the Wildcats in the playoffs and assure them of finishing no lower than second in the district. Even if they lose, the Wildcats can clinch a playoff berth if Paris beats North Lamar (14-11, 4-4).

The North Hopkins Panthers, meanwhile, will host Greenville Christian in a warm-up game beginning at 4 p.m. today. The Panthers (21-3, 14-0) won the District 15-A championship and will start the playoffs next week.

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