Lady Cats softball opens with impressive win over Denison
From Staff Reports

Feb. 16, 2005 - Stephanie Kethley provided early fireworks for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats Tuesday night, and the rest of the team quickly followed her lead.

Kethley, senior first baseman, blasted a 1-0 pitch from Denison ace Dana Nowlin over the centerfield wall in the bottom of the first inning as the Lady Cats went on to a 12-3 victory in the season opener.

Kethley finished 2-for-4 with four runs scored, one of seven Lady Cats to register base hits in their 12-hit attack.

Right fielder Kaneisha Johnson went 3-for-4 with three runs, senior left fielder Betsy Blount added two more hits including a double, and catcher Nichole Fender had a pair of singles for Sulphur Springs (1-0).

Denison scored a run in the top half of the first three innings, but the Lady Cats took a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of their innings, then exploded for five runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth to make a winner out of starting pitcher Tanna Lampp. The big hit in the fourth was Blount's three-run single to center.

Lampp gave up four hits, three walks and struck out six in allowing one earned run in five innings. Freshman Marci Womack then threw the final two shutout innings, striking out four and giving up one hit and one walk.

"To our girls credit, every time they would score a run, we'd come back in the bottom half of the inning and answer it," said SSHS head coach John McCullough. "Our first hit of the season, Stephanie Kethley stepped up and hit a homerun, so hopefully that's a sign of things to come."

The Lady Cats only struck out twice again Nowlin, once on a missed sign and the other on a check swing.

However, Sulphur Springs committed four outfield errors, leading to three unearned runs. which McCullough was obviously displeased with.

"We made four errors in the outfield, which was one of the things I was disappointed in. As a defensive-minded coach, that's not acceptable, and we'll work on that again today," he said. "Other than those four errors, defensively I was very pleased."

The Lady Cats return to the field on Saturday, hosting Corsicana, with the JV starting at noon and the varsity at 2 p.m. The freshmen team will host Prairiland at 5 p.m. Friday.

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