Messy Make Up: Postponement of Tuesday's game doesn't affect Lindale's bats
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
Mar. 29 , 2007 - With the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats in the thick of the District 11-4A playoff race, the No. 12-ranked Lindale Lady Eagles came out with an 8-0 win at Lady Cat Park Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles made things tough on Lady Cats starter Marci Womack - who gave up eight runs on 12 hits, six of the runs earned, with five strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game performance for the Lady Cats.
"Lindale is a good hitting ball club and their record in district was very deceiving," Carrillo said. "We did not play well offensively and defensively, and we made a lot of mistakes.
The Lady Cats (13-11 overall, 2-2 in district) had the game spiral out of hand in the top of the seventh inning, giving up five runs on five hits as Lindale loaded the bases with no outs.
"We had it snowball in the last inning when they got the bases loaded," the coach said. "With the bases loaded and no outs, that is pretty hard to pitch out of. You have got to make them put the ball in play, and they were able to do that."
Lindale recorded four of their five hits in succession as Ashton Brey, Misty Cosby and Brooke Martin loaded the bases with singles, followed by an RBI single from Keely Nusko for a 4-0 lead.
Womack then walked Morgan Bond as courtesy runner Kim Smith scored, followed by an error from Mac Morgan that scored Martin.
Kelly Byrd then drove in Nusko with a groundout, and with two outs Kylie Packard rounded out the scoring with an RBI single for the 8-0 lead.
"I did not have them ready to play tonight, and I promise that we will be ready to play next time," Carrillo said. "I can handle getting beat 8-0, but we just did not play hard tonight. I take full responsibility for tonight, and I just pray that it doesn't happen again."
The Lady Cats could not get anything going offensively throughout the game as they recorded only three hits against the duo of Martin and Bond. Martin went six innings with four strikeouts and three walks, while Bond pitched the final inning of relief with one strikeout.
Maurie Lewis recorded a hit in the second inning, Kelsey Evans had a double in the third inning and Morgan recorded a hit in the sixth inning for the Lady Cats.
"We were able to get those hits, but we were not able to tie them together," the coach said. "We had opportunities with girls on base and we were not able to get down a bunt when we needed to. I am going to challenge these girls and I want to know what team will show up."
Earlier in the game, the Lady Eagles broke open a scoreless tie as Nusko and Bond lead off the second inning with singles. With two outs, Bond scored on an error by Morgan on a fly ball for the 1-0 lead.
Lindale (22-2, 2-2) then came back in the third inning as Brey led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Cosby and then both players advanced on a double steal. Martin then singled in Brey for the 2-0 lead.
With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Packard took a 1-0 pitch from Womack and hit a home run to center field. She finished 2-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI for the Lady Eagles.
"It goes back to the simple fact of making plays," Carrillo said. "They were able to hit the ball and put it in play, and we were able to move it a little bit tonight but we had pop-ups and did not hit the ball very hard.
"I wonder about our consistency. We play a good game and then we look like we are not very good. I talked to them in our post-game talk about the fact that we need to be more consistent. We need to have more fire and that goes with me too, since I am the coach."
Notes: The Lady Cats travel to Paris on Friday night in their next District 11-4A matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., following the junior varsity at 4:30 p.m. ... This game was a make-up of Tuesday night's scheduled contest, which was postponed due to a wet field at Lady Cat Park. ... Sulphur Springs committed four errors in the game, compared to none for Lindale. ... SSHS hit only six balls out of the infield in the game.