Errors cost Lady Cats in loss to Paris

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 2, 2007 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats found out on Saturday afternoon that defense plays dividends during a 1-0 loss to district rival Paris at Lady Cat Field.

The Hopkins County Lady Cats (13-12, 2-3 in District 11-4A) committed seven errors - with three in the first inning - but only gave up the one unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Paris found a way to get a runner on base as Jerrisa Patt reached on an error by Womack with one out. Following a pop-up to Julie Essary, Kellie Head hit a fly ball to Tarra Morton in right field, but Morton misplayed the ball scoring Patt from first for the only run of the game.

"Tonight, we made seven errors and once again we didn't make plays," said SSHS coach David Carrillo. "It was amazing to me that the score was only 1-0. I told them after the game that look how good we can be if we don't make seven errors."

SSHS pitcher Marci Womack threw a complete game four-hitter for the Lady Cats with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the contest.

"Marci had a great night and I felt real good about the way that she was pitching tonight," he said. "I felt comfortable with her performance and I didn't think that she was going to get rocked tonight."

Sulphur Springs had a chance to make things interesting in the top of the seventh inning as Katie Dodd smacked a single to left field and with two outs, Jenna Davis reached on a single and Brittani Crawford loaded the bases on an error by the third baseman. Dodd and Davis each went 1-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Cats.

On the next at bat, Morton hit a infield pop-up as Patt and second baseman Head came in on the play and collided into each other but Patt held on for the final out of the game.

In the top of the third inning, Crawford had a double to lead off the inning against Essary and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Morton but was stranded at third to end the inning. Crawford went 1-for-3 in the contest.

"It goes back to what I said earlier in the year about the team that is able to string together those key hits and put them back-to-back that is going to win," the coach said. "We have some leaders on this team and right now for some reason we are not making the basic, simple plays. If we would have came back and won this game, I would have said that we were very blessed."

Carrillo said the team did not play to their ability Saturday night and said it is time to see what his team is made of during the final five games of the season.

"We are going to see what we are made of and right now we are definitely not playing to our potential," he said. "I took the blame in the last game but I am definitely not taking it this time because I want some of these girls to step up.

"I have no idea what is going to happen the next round of district to be honest with you. We are going to see what happens and right now we are not earning our spots and we are going to evaluate the first round of district. Hopefully a whole different attitude will happen in the next round."

With the team tied for fourth in district play at 2-3 with Paris, Carrillo said the district record is tough to see right now.

"I knew it would be tough going into this thing when district started," he said. "I am really disappointed because I know that we are better than that. Right now, we are not playing as well and it is very disappointing to me."

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