Lady Cats lose to Texas High at Lady Cat Park
From Staff Reports

March 29, 2006 - Texas High came into Tuesday's game with Sulphur Springs having not allowed a run in three district games.

Make it four.

The Lady Tigers kept their spot atop the District 12-4A standings with a 4-0 victory over Sulphur Springs.

Texas High, ranked No. 20 in the state, used its speed on offense and the pitching of Kelsey Harrington to improve to 4-0 in district, 16-2 overall. Sulphur Springs dropped to 1-3, 7-10-1, with a match-up Friday at North Lamar.

The Lady Tigers managed just four hits off of SSHS sophomore Marci Womack, but stole seven bases in seven attempts, including Briauna Birl's successful swipe of home plate in a double steal move.

Womack threw a complete game, striking out six and walking three while giving up three earned runs.

"Texas High is very good, they're very fast. They're probably the most athletic team we've faced this year," said SSHS head coach Tommy Grammer. "Their speed enabled them to move around the bases and get in scoring position - that's how they scored.

"We played a good game. We pitched good - both teams had four hits, but it just turned out we didn't get our hits when we needed them."

For SSHS, Brittani Dillard, sophomore Kelsey Evans, and freshmen Brittani Crawford and Katie Dodd all had singles. The Lady Cats missed a prime opportunity to score in the first when Evans led off with a single, but was stranded. 

"We had a chance to score early. With no outs, we had kids in scoring position, but we didn't get the hits," Grammer said. "I think that would have made a difference if we would have gotten on top of them early. When they scored, it kind of put the pressure on us, and we didn't come through with the hits when we needed them."

Defensively, the Lady Cats didn't make an error for the second consecutive game and Womack allowed consecutive hits just once in the game. But, the Lady Cats are averaging just two runs per game in district.

"Marci Womack did a great job. She's done a great job all year," Grammer explained. "Our defense held up, but we're still not hitting the ball. Until that changes, we're going to be suffering.

"Most of it is confidence. it's one of things where it's contagious. Get these kids hitting, then everybody wants a part of it. We work hard on our batting every day, and it'll come around."

The Lady Cats face a pivotal game against North Lamar (1-3, 16-9) on Friday. If they win, they will be no worse than one game out of third place after the first round of district. Game time is 7 p.m.

Notes: Mount Pleasant (4-0) kept pace with Texas High by beating Greenville. The two undefeated district teams face off against each other on Friday. ... Sulphur Springs is tied with North Lamar for fourth place, one game behind Paris (2-2), which beat NL, 1-0, in nine innings.

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