Lady Cats go 1-3 in tough Allen Tournament

From Staff Reports

Feb. 26, 2007 - ALLEN - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats went 1-3 at the Allen Tournament last weekend with one game canceled due to high winds.

The Lady Cats are now 4-6 overall and will play the Forney Lady Jackrabbits Tuesday night in Forney.

"This whole tournament I have been trying to evaluate my girls and see where we stand. We played a lot of tough teams and my whole thing is us being more consistent at what we are doing and put together a whole game," said SSHS softball coach David Carrillo.

"Forney is going to be a tough game for us and they are going to pitch Brittany Benedict. It is going to be another close game tomorrow and I plan on throwing Marci (Womack) and see what she can do."

GAME 1

Allen 5, SSHS 4

Against Allen, Sulphur Springs opened up top of the first inning with a 3-0 lead as Kelsey Evans and Amanda McGowin both reached on one-out errors. Katie Dodd then smacked a two-run double, followed by a single from Brittani Crawford scoring Dodd from second for the 3-0 lead.

"Most of the scoring took place in the first inning and we hit the ball well. They came back in the bottom of the inning and hit the ball well also," the coach said. "We had a chance to tie the game late, but we had a base-running error that cost us."

In the bottom of the inning, Allen scored all five of its runs off of starter Tarra Morton, who gave up five earned runs on five hits. She also walked three and struck out two.

In the top of the fifth inning, Evans singled with one out and Taylor Clifton reached on an error as Evans scored for the 5-4 deficit.

GAME 2

Irving Nimitz 8, SSHS 0

Against Nimitz, Clifton pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up eight runs on nine hits with only three earned runs while walking one and striking out four batters for the Lady Cats.

The Lady Cats defense committed four errors with one in the second, two in the third and one in the fifth.

"That game was a debacle against Nimitz. I think that was the worst game that we have played all year," Carrillo said. "Usually our defense is pretty sound, and I think we made four errors during that game."

McGowin went 1-for-2 with a stolen base as she had the only hit for the Lady Cats.

GAME 3

Sulphur Springs 8, Round Rock 0

The Lady Cats came back on Friday and received a strong outing from Womack as she pitched four innings and only allowed two hits while striking out three.

The Lady Cats sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored six runs on a base-loaded walk, a fielder's choice by Dodd before a grand slam home run from Morton.

SSHS also received runs in the third inning as Morton singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Mac Morgan's RBI triple for a 7-0 lead. Evans then drove in Morgan with a single for the final run of the game.

Evans went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, Morton went 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI, while Anderson, Morgan, McGowin and Dodd all had one hit.

GAME 4

Spring 4, Sulphur Springs 0

The final game of the tournament was a scoreless tie through five innings before Spring scored four runs off Womack in the final inning.

"The Spring game was tough for us to go through because it was tied 0-0 going into the last inning," Carrillo said. "After a no call on what we thought was an out at first, the girls stood around at first and it got out of hand really fast."

He added that starting catcher Jordan Anderson was hurt on that fifth-inning play and is out indefinitely.

Womack went six innings and gave up four runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

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