Lady Cats open softball season

From Staff Reports

Feb. 19, 2007 - RICHLAND - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finished 1-0 at the Richland Rebels Tournament last weekend in their first softball action of the season.

Because the Lady Cats played only one of their five game that went more than three innings due to a 55-minute time limit, they only had one game count toward the season record.

SSHS defeated Fossill Ridge 1-0 on Friday night as freshman Taylor Clifton picked up her first win of the season.

Lady Cat Katie Dodd went 5-for-8 during the tournament while Amanda McGowin was 4-for-8 at the plate. Pitchers Marci Womack and Clifton combined to allow 11 runs on 20 hits in 17 innings during the tournament. They also had 17 strikeouts and five walks.

SSHS will play Wills Point in its home opener at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Lady Cat Park.

GAME 1

Richland 1, Sulphur Springs 0 (3 Innings)

Womack was the opening-game starter and gave up one unearned run on two hits with four strikeouts for the Lady Cats.

Richland's only run came on an error by Sulphur Springs in the first inning as the Lady Cats committed two errors in the game.

McGowin went 1-for-1 for the Lady Cats with a single.

GAME 2

Sulphur Springs 1, Fossill Ridge 0 (5 Innings)

The Lady Cats scored their only run of the game in the second inning as Brittani Crawford and Womack both walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Jenna Davis then hit into a fielder's choice and Kristen McDonald reached on an error scoring Crawford for the 1-0 lead.

Clifton pitched five innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out three.

SSHS assistant coach Eric Buck said the Lady Cats were able to defeat the same Fossill Ridge pitcher that had taken them four rounds deep in the playoffs last year.

GAME 3

Centennial 2, Sulphur Springs 0 (3 Innings)

Centennial scored one run off Womack in the first inning and another in the second inning to pick up the win.

Womack went three innings, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out six.

Katie Dodd was 2-2 with two singles in the game.

GAME 4

Midland Lee 8, Sulphur Springs 2 (3 Innings)

Clifton gave up eight runs, three of them earned, on eight hits Saturday afternoon.

The Sulphur Springs defense committed three errors in the game and gave up three runs in the first and five runs in the second.

GAME 5

Sulphur Springs 4, Richland 0 (3 Innings)

SSHS took a 2-0 in the second inning when Clifton and McDonald each singled and Crawford loaded the bases with a walk. Clifton then scored on an attempted steal by Crawford for the 1-0 lead. Jordan Anderson drove in the second run with an RBI hit.

The Lady Cats then scored two more runs in the third inning as McGowin reached on a single and scored on McDonald's double. With two outs, Womack drove in McDonald for the 4-0 lead.

McDonald went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI, while McGowin went 2-2 with a run scored.

Womack pitched three innings and gave up three hits and one walk while striking out two batters.

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