|Ladycats run-ruled by Lindale|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
March 1, 2006 - A young Lady Cat softball team got themselves into a learning experience Tuesday night. But, it wasn't by choice.
Sulphur Springs got jolted by Lindale, 14-1, at Lady Cat Park in a contest that head coach Tommy Grammer said turned into a lesson of sorts after it got out of hand.
"You've got to call it a learning experience," Grammer said. "It gives us an opportunity to rise to the challenge and to get better. We're looking to peak when we get to district, and we're still moving kids around and looking at everybody, trying different situations."
The Lady Cats, who scrimmaged Lindale two weeks ago, had trouble handling a potent Lady Eagle line-up and managed just two hits and fanned 11 times off of starter Brooke Martin and reliever Morgan Bond.
Lindale, meanwhile, had eight hits, including four extra-base knocks, to go with seven walks and five SSHS errors.
For the Lady Cats (2-3), it was just one of those forgettable games, especially for a team playing with five freshmen and sophomores.
"When they have that many kids hit the way they did, and we put that many kids on with walks, errors and that type of thing, they're going to score a lot of runs," Grammer explained. "Late in the game, our defense didn't hold up, and we kind of lost focus after we got behind by so many runs.
"We struggled hitting the ball, and that's the thing that hurt us more than anything else."
Lindale's Misty Cosby had a pair of extra-base hits and one RBI, while Kylie Packard, Ashley Kizer, Morgan Harpole and Bond each drove in two runs.
Grammer used sophomore Marci Womack to start the game, then brought in freshman Katie Dodd for the final two innings. They each gave up seven runs.
Womack sat down the Lady Eagles in order in the first inning, including notching one of her two strikeouts. But, Lindale used a nice bit of opposite-field hitting in the second to take a 5-0 advantage. The big hits were back-to-back two-run singles from Harpole and Packard followed by an RBI triple from Ashton Brey.
Brey was eventually tagged out at home by SS catcher Nichole Fender while trying to score on a wild pitch, but the Lady Eagles added two more runs the next inning.
Cosby led off with a triple and scored on Kizer's ground out. Martin was hit by a pitch and scored on consecutive infield errors.
The Lady Cats were charged with five errors, leading to six Lindale unearned runs.
The Lady Eagles added four more runs in the fourth on five walks and a pair of SSHS errors, then had three more runs in the fifth on a walk, an error and two hits.
Sulphur Springs came up with its only run in the fifth when junior Kristen McDonald walked and stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Amanda McGowin's ground out.
The Lady Cats had baserunners in every inning but one, but Lindale pitchers also notched at least two strikeouts in every inning but one.
In the first, McGowin blooped a single over the infield and was sacrificed to second base by Brittany Crawford, but was thrown out trying to steal third.
In the second, Brandi Laine walked, but the next two batters fanned to end the threat. Then, in the fifth, Brittany Moore hammered a lead-off double down the left field line, but Martin struck out the side to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Lady Cats travel to Frisco on Thursday to play pool games in the Frisco ISD Tournament, to be played at Craig Ranch, located on SH 121 west of McKinney. Sulphur Springs plays Denton at 4 p.m. and Plano West at 6 p.m.