|Lady Cats defeat Paris by another 1-0 score|
|From Staff Reports|
April 5, 2006 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats took a step back into playoff contention on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Paris.
The Lady Cats, who have been involved in four one-run games in district, improved to 2-4 in 12-4A action (8-11-1 overall), just one game back of Paris (3-3, 9-10) for the third and final playoff spot.
Sophomore Marci Womack pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout, and classmate Kelsey Evans pulled off a suicide squeeze to score Tara Gibby with the lone run of the game.
"We finally pulled out one of those one-run games. It was typical game of what we've been going through in this district," said SSHS head coach Tommy Grammer. "This puts us back in playoff contention. The kids are real excited, and they know if they can come away with a win on Friday (against Mount Pleasant), we're back in it. It's up for grabs."
In the second inning, Gibby singled, Brandi Laine reached on an error and Jordan Anderson walked to load the bases. Evans then laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Gibby. Though the Lady Cats had other opportunities, that was the only run they would get.
In the first, Evans walked and Amanda McGowin singled but were stranded, and in the third Katie Dodd singled with one out but could not score.
Fortunately, the Lady Cats made just one error, and Womack limited Paris to five hits and two walks (one intentional). The intentional pass came in the sixth when Paris put runners on second and third with one out. After notching one of her seven strikeouts, Womack walked the next batter to set up forces at every base. The strategy paid off when the next batter grounded out.
Paris' Ashley Zachary had a two-out double in the seventh, but Womack got the next batter on a comebacker to end the threat.
"We had great pitching from Marci," said Grammer, who added that the Lady Cats are working to score more runs. They are averaging less than two runs per game in district.
"We're always trying to manufacture runs," he said. "We had kids in scoring position three or four times, but didn't get hits. I let them hit away, trying to get that hit to knock somebody in, but those hits still aren't coming.
"The kids are looking more comfortable at the plate, and we're working on it every day."
The Lady Cats travel to Mount Pleasant on Friday to take on the Lady Tigers (5-1, 17-8).