Lady Cats engineer comeback against N. Lamar
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
April 6, 2007 - With only two innings remaining against the North Lamar Pantherettes on Thursday night, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats looked like they were about to be swept in the season series.
That was until the sixth inning when the Lady Cats scored twice on RBI singles by Maurie Lewis and Brittani Crawford to fashion a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.
Sulphur Springs (15-12, 4-3 in District 11-4A) is in third place in the district standings, one back behind North Lamar (5-2) for second.
"This was a great job by our kids, and they did not quit tonight," said SSHS coach David Carrillo. "We were able to make plays, and I have a lot of faith in our kids. I came in with the attitude that we had a good chance against them and I was hoping the right Lady Cat team would show up tonight. Our girls came to play tonight and they did a great job."
In the bottom of the sixth, the SSHS offense found a spark against NL pitcher Kaci Crawford as Mac Morgan and Amanda McGowin each singled to left field to start the inning and put runners on first and second.
With one out, Lewis smacked a single to left field, scoring Morgan for the game-tying run. Jenna Davis then hit a double to center field, but McGowin was tagged out at home for the second out of the inning. Crawford then drove in the game-winning run with a single to right field as Lewis came in to score for the 2-1 finale.
"The bats have been a little silent lately," the coach said. "I know we have the capability to put some things together, and we were able to string some hits together and get those two runs in."
In the top of the sixth inning, North Lamar loaded the bases with one out as Ashley Endsley opened the inning with a walk. Following a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by Mac Morgan, Womack got Chelsea Steelman to groundout and then Kara Crawford reached on a walk to load the bases.
Womack then struck out Rayn House and forced a groundout by Jerrica McKnight to end the threat for the Pantherettes.
"They hung in there and I remember when in the sixth inning Marci got in that jam, I told her I was going to use a bible scripture in 'I was walking by faith and not by sight,' " Carrillo said. "Our kids responded and I told them, 'You can't look at how things look, but you have to have faith in the team.' "
Womack went the distance, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out nine as she improved to 13-7 on the year.
North Lamar found a way to get its run in during the top of the fourth inning as Steelman nailed a double off Womack and advanced to third on Kara Crawford's at-bat. She then scored on a error by Crawford for the 1-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs was led by McGowin - who went 2-for-3 with a double. Morgan, Lewis, Crawford and Tarra Morton each recorded a hit in the game.
Carrillo said after the opening round 3-0 loss to North Lamar, the players looked at changing their play around for this game and they responded just like he wanted them to.
"I pointed out all of the mistakes that we made in the first game. We didn't play a very good game and we looked timid. Tonight, we were rolling the dice and moving girls in and out. I was going to do whatever we had to do to win, and our girls responded. I am so proud of them because after that Paris loss we could have just tanked it but we have come up with two big wins," he said.
"It is like I said going into the second round, we are going to take these one game at a time and the more we win the more we control our own destiny. We don't want anybody doing us any favors and we need to control each game if we want to get into the playoffs."
The Lady Cats face district leader Mount Pleasant at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Cat Park. Sulphur Springs defeated Mount Pleasant 3-2 in the opening round of district play.