Lady Cats win first district game at Greenville
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 25, 2006 - GREENVILLE - Six was the magic number for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats on Friday.

They rapped out six hits, got help from six Greenville errors and six more wild pitches, and scored six runs in a 6-3 victory.

Freshman Katie Dodd had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two more to lead the Lady Cats at the plate. Catcher Jordan Anderson also had a two-hit game to go with an RBI and run scored, and freshman shortstop Brittani Crawford had a hit and scored twice.

SSHS pitchers Tarra Morton and Marci Womack limited Greenville's offense by striking out eight and walking none while working around five hits.

The win was the first in District 12-4A for Sulphur Springs (7-9-1 overall, 1-2 in district), who faces defending district champion Texas High on Tuesday. Greenville fell to 4-10-1, 0-3.

"It's always good to win a ball game, I don't care who we're playing.," said SSHS head coach Tommy Grammer. "Greenville's got a good pitcher who's pretty solid, and they've got a couple of good sticks. But, they made the errors tonight, and we played pretty well.

"We hit pretty well, and our kids were good on the bases. We got some timely hits which we hadn't been able to get the first two games, so we looked good."

Greenville pitcher Holly Patterson threw well, striking out 10 and walking just one, and she was even better at the plate. She drove in all of the Lady Lions' runs with a solo home run in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth.

Sulphur Springs scored first, notching a run in the second inning by virtue of three Greenville errors. Dodd reached on an error to open the inning and stole second. Then, with two outs, she scored when Brandi Laine's infield grounder was misplayed.

The Lady Cats added two more runs in the fourth. Dodd again opened the inning by reaching first, this time with a single to right center. She scored from third on a single by Anderson up the middle. Anderson then scored after a sacrifice by Tara Gibby moved her to second and a throwing error, again on a grounder by Laine, advanced her home to make the score 3-0.

After Patterson's home run in the bottom of the inning, the Lady Cats got two more runs in the fifth.

Kelsey Evans walked, stole second and went to third on Crawford's single to center. When Crawford stole second, the catcher's errant throw sailed into center field and Evans scored easily to make the score 4-1. After a bunt single by Amanda McGowin, Crawford came home on Dodd's infield grounder.

Greenville plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to draw to within 5-3, but the Lady Cats answered in the seventh. Crawford reached on an error and scored on Dodd's single to right.

On the mound, Morton picked up the win by working 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Womack earned the save by going 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out three.

Grammer said the Lady Cats are looking more comfortable at the plate after scoring just one run in their first two district games.

"What's really hurt us more than anything else is that we've missed several games in tournaments because of rain outs," he said. "If you take six or seven games away from this team and it's left us a little behind. Unfortunately, we're having to sink into our district play to kind of catch up on our bats. I anticipate it's turn around here pretty quick."

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