Lady Cats drop game to Forney

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 28, 2007 - FORNEY - Going into Tuesday night's game against Forney, Sulphur Springs coach David Carrillo knew Forney pitcher Britney Bennedict would be good.

He just didn't know she would be this good.

Benedict sat down the first 18 SSHS batters before a single by Kelsey Evans ended the no-hitter in the sixth inning and a walk later by Brittani Crawford gave Sulphur Springs its only base runners in a 5-0 loss in Forney.

Evans finished the game 1-for-3 for the Lady Cats with a stolen base.

"We faced a great pitcher tonight," Carrillo said. "Those things happen with one hit. She was having a perfect game going along until that final inning and then Kelsey got a big hit.

"It was a tough night for us offensively and she had an awesome night. It was kind of a reverse thing from what we saw with Marci last week. We just faced a hot pitcher and players from Forney were hitting the ball and placing it well."

Junior Marci Womack took the loss on the mound pitching a complete-game 11-hitter with three earned runs and four strikeouts for the Lady Cats.

"To be honest, the umpires weren't giving her a big zone to throw in tonight, and they were making her throw it down the plate," Carrillo said. "When you do that, sometimes it just doesn't go well for you. I take just as much responsibility for that game because I was calling the pitches. It just wasn't our night tonight."

Forney opened up the scoring with in the bottom of the first inning as Kallan Thompson reached on a single, she then stole second and third before Mallory Mitchell drove her in with a sacrifice for the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, Forney padded its lead with two more runs as Sarah Bell reached on a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Brianne Elkins, Bell reached third on a wild pitch and Ashley McCarroll drove her in with a single. Benedict then reached on an error as McCarroll scored from first for a 3-0 lead.

"We just need to stay focused in all of the innings that we play. That error was a play that should be made and it was a rare moment in time on that play," Carrillo said. "That kind of started everything off and we played as hard as we could the whole game. It was a good night for Forney and not a very good night for us."

Forney added one run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Elkins, and then in the bottom of the fourth Thompson drove in Monica Davis with a double for the 5-0 lead.

"We played a good team tonight," the coach said. "The bottom line was the best team won tonight. "

SSHS (4-7) plays in its final tournament at Frisco starting tomorrow in back-to-back games against Plano and Frisco starting at 4 p.m. at the Frisco High School field. The Lady Cats return on Friday against Lewisville at the Frisco Centennial High School field at 2 p.m., then play R.L. Turner at Frisco High School at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the Lady Cats play one game against Denton at 3 p.m. in Frisco before playing in a trophy game later that day.

In the junior varsity game, the Lady Cats remained undefeated on the season at 5-0 with a 17-1 win in three innings over Forney.

FRESHMAN

SSHS 12, Longview 2

LONGVIEW - The Sulphur Springs freshman team remained undefeated on their season with a big win over Longview Tuesday night.

Haley Stovall picked up the victory on the mound with six strikeouts and also went 1-for-4 at the plate with two runs and two stolen bases.

Spencer Martin went 4-for-4 with four stolen bases and three runs scored, Baylee Speaker went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored, Chelsey Hampton went 2-for-4 with two RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases.

The Lady Cats will be in the Greenville tournament Thursday-Saturday.

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