Womack pitches lights out against Wills Point

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 21, 2007 - For 6 2/3 innings Tuesday night, Sulphur Springs junior pitcher Marci Womack held a no-hitter against the Wills Point Lady Tigers in a 1-0 win at Lady Cat Park.

But then she gave up a single to left field on a 2-2 count to Taylor Parker for only her second base runner of the game. Womack had a perfect game through four innings before giving up a walk to Parker in the fifth.

"It was an awesome ballgame," said SSHS coach David Carrillo. "I never felt threatened by them offensively and Marci was overpowering tonight. She did a great job of making them play the ball toward our defense. The defense played well tonight, and Marci had the game under control. I felt very confident even until the seventh inning."

Womack pitched a complete-game one-hitter with one walk and nine strikeouts to improve to 2-2 on the young season with 21 strikeouts and five walks in 16 innings this year.

Sulphur Springs' Jenna Davis had the game-winning RBI in the fourth inning on a sharply hit double to right center field that rolled all the way to the wall scoring Brittani Crawford - who previously walked on a full count and scored from first base.

"I was very relieved on Jenna's hit, and she is a good hitter and somebody that can be a clutch hitter when needed," the coach said. "Offensively, we need more of that, and I have told them all the time that we need to make something happen and put the ball in play."

For the first three innings, the game was a pitchers' duel between Womack and Wills Point starter Taylor Austin as Womack went nine up and nine down, while Austin faced 11 batters in the first three innings.

Womack controlled the circle with four straight ground balls before striking out Shelby Perry and inducing a groundout from Jayla McEnturff to end the second inning. She then came back and struck out the next five Lady Tiger batters.

The Lady Cats (3-3) only had three runners in scoring position during the game as Katie Dodd reached first on a fielder's choice in the first inning and then stole second with two outs before a strike out ended the inning.

In the sixth inning, SSHS had another threat stopped when Crawford reached on a walk, followed by a walk to Davis, Womack ended the inning with a pop-up to the shortstop to end the threat.

"She (Austin) is a really good pitcher, and tonight I am satisfied with what we did against Wills Point," Carrillo said. "Defensively, I feel like we are well ahead of the game right now. I am very confident in what we do and right now offensively is where I am a little bit concerned. I think we will continue to work hard and get better at it."

Austin threw a complete-game four-hitter with four walks, six strikeouts and one earned run for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Cats will play in the Allen Tournament this weekend with two games on Thursday against Allen at noon and Irving Nimitz at 4 p.m. at the Allen High School field. They then return on Friday against Round Rock at 1 p.m. and Spring at 3 p.m. and then wrap up the tournament with Richland for the third time in two tournaments. The Lady Cats split with Allen in the Richland tournament last week.

The Richland game will be held at the Allen Station Park Fields 1-4.

"We are going to be going to the Allen tournament this weekend. You schedule hard and strong and then you know that district won't be any easier," the coach said. "The better pitching that they see and the more stress that they face, the better I know we will be when district comes around."

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