Ladycats lose two games at Frisco tournament
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 3, 2006 - MCKINNEY - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats opened up the Frisco ISD Tournament with two losses to Denton and Plano West Thursday afternoon at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch.

The Lady Cats are now 2-5 on the season and will play Birdville and Carrollton R.L Turner today in the second round of pool play. The games are scheduled for 4 and 6 p.m.

"Naturally, what we expect to see is our girls improve no matter who we play. Birdville is going to run the ball well, hit good and they will have good pitching," said first-year coach Tommy Grammer. "R.L. Turner is a team that I don't know much about, but I bet they are pretty good also."

"What we need to do is play within ourselves and we are going to do the same thing that we did today in seeing the ball well and hitting well and putting the ball in play."

Game 1

Denton 2, SSHS 1

Sulphur Springs pitcher Tarra Morton had a no-hitter going through five innings until Denton found its offense in the top of the sixth inning with four hits, one error and two runs to take a 2-1 lead.

"She (Morton) pitches pretty steady and she is not the fastest pitcher but she is very good on hitting her spots," Grammer said.

Morton pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out nine and walking two.

The Lady Cats took an early 1-0 lead on a run by Jordan Anderson as she reached first on a single, and then after a single by Brittani Crawford put runners on first and second, Denton pitcher Ashley McDonald had a error that scored Anderson from second.

Grammer said the girls had scoring opportunities throughout the game but weren't able to capitalize at the key moments.

"In the first game, we had probably seven or eight kids in scoring position, and we just couldn't get them around," the coach said. "We just didn't get a hit when we needed a hit and we started to bunt more and tried to get the kids to watch the ball more."

SSHS had another chance for a big inning in the sixth as Morton was hit by a pitch and Katie Dodd reached on a walk, but following a sacrifice bunt by Tara Gibby, McDonald induced a ground out to end the scoring threat.

Anderson was the leading SSHS hitter going 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Crawford and Amanda McGowin each went 1-for-2 .

McDonald pitched a complete-game five hitter, walking three and striking out 12 batters to take the win while also going 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. 

Teammate Tori Sizemore went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI while Che Barrows went 1-for-2 with a run scored for the Lady Broncos.

Game 2

Plano West 7, SSHS 2 (five innings)

In Game 2, Grammer started Dodd at pitcher and the freshman gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning as Nicole Rosemullen and Katie Purcell scored to give Plano West a 2-0 lead. 

Rosemullen scored on an RBI single by Macy Reeve, while Purcell scored on a passed ball.

Grammer said in Game 2, the Lady Cats started to hit better and were taking more chances at the plate than in they did against Denton.

"In the second game, the kids were able to hit better pitches and move the ball around more, and we stayed with that Plano team for about five innings, and kind of slipped away from us at the end and the momentum changed because they got up by three runs," the coach said.

The Lady Cats were able to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the third inning on RBI singles by Gibby and Kristen McDonald, which scored Anderson and Crawford.

In the fourth inning, Plano West scored two more runs off of Dodd as Kristy Bilderback opened the inning with a single, followed a walk by Tara Alberi and a single by Rosemullen, Laura Terrell struck out and Katie Peterson hit into the fielders choice as Bilderback was thrown out by Gibby at home. Purcell then ripped a two-run single for a 5-2 lead.

Following the fourth inning, Grammer made a pitching change as Dodd gave up five runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out six batters.

Morton pitched the final 1/3 inning for the Lady Cats as time expired giving up two runs on two hits while walking one batter.

Anderson and Crawford led the way against Plano West as each went 2-for-3 each at the plate. 

Paige Burke was the winning pitcher for the Lady Wolves going four innings while giving up five hits, two strikeouts, four walks and two runs, while Peterson pitched the final inning of one-hit softball. She also struck out three batters in relief.

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