Lady Cats fall in extra innings to MP

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 11, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats find themselves a game out of third place after a tough 1-0 extra-inning loss to the Mount Pleasant Lady Tigers Tuesday night at Lady Cat Park.

In the top of the ninth inning, MP's Darcy Casteel led off the inning with a single and scored on an RBI-double by Denise Amador off the leg of a charging Katie Dodd for the game-winner.

"We just were not able to tie our hits together tonight and they were. I believe we did outhit them and Marci threw an outstanding game," said SSHS coach David Carrillo. "It was unfortunate for her that she had to lose this one. It was unfortunate for our team also and I told them that afterwards."

With the loss, Sulphur Springs now sits in fourth-place with two games remaining after Lindale (24-4 overall, 5-3 in district) defeated Paris 4-0 Tuesday night. Sulphur Springs and Lindale face each other Friday night in Lindale as SSHS (15-13, 4-4 in district) looks for payback after an 8-0 loss earlier in the season.

"Anytime you are in a district race like this, you hate to have someone hold the tie-breaker over you. We have been able to split with North Lamar and Mount Pleasant, so you don't want anybody holding the tie-breaker over you," Carrillo said. "We will just see how it goes and I guarantee that we will have a better showing than we did a couple of weeks ago against Lindale.

"It is important that we keep on winning so that we can control our own destiny. With this loss tonight, it kind of shut that down a little bit and it depends on how the other teams play out and that is why the Lindale game is so important."

Sulphur Springs had a chance to do some damage against Mount Pleasant starter Laura Rawlings - who threw a complete game six-hitter with 13 strikeouts - as Dodd led off the second inning with a single to left field and then Maurie Lewis smacked a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Rawlings then got Jenna Davis, Brittani Crawford and Tarra Morton to strikeout and leave the runners stranded.

Carrillo said his team once again could not find the offense they needed in those key situations.

"It was very tough to see that situation," he said. "Those things have happened sometimes and you hate that it happened to us but it did and I wish there was something that I could say or do to unwind that whole inning."

Marci Womack once again threw a strong game for the Lady Cats as she gave up one run on four hits with 12 strikeouts and now has 156 strikeouts to only 17 walks this season.

Carrillo gave credit to both of the pitchers after the game and said these are the games that are fun to watch.

"They both threw awesome games tonight and they were getting after it," he said. "In softball, that is the way that it goes with those pitcher's duels and when you got two good pitchers, that is the way that it goes sometimes."

Sulphur Springs was led by Mac Morgan as she went 2-for-4 in the game, while teammates Amanda McGowin, Dodd, Lewis and Kristen McDonald recorded hits for the Lady Cats.

Notes: The Lady Cats left three runners in scoring position and had two base runners caught stealing against Mount Pleasant. ... The Texas-High and North Lamar matchup scheduled for last night was rained out and will be played today. ... For those who are traveling to Lindale on Friday night, please bring a lawn chair as there is no seating at the Lindale softball field. ... There will not be a game next Tuesday night due to the TAKS test and then the Lady Cats will end the regular season next Friday night with Senior Night against Paris.

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