Lady Cats split opening day games at Frisco Tournament
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
Mar. 2, 2007 - FRISCO - With strong winds and back-to-back games Thursday in the opening round of the Frisco ISD softball tournament, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats left day one with a split against Plano and Frisco.
The Lady Cats opened up Game 1 with a 6-3 victory over Plano, then lost the nightcap, 7-1, to the host team Frisco Lady Raccoons.
"I guess I felt like the first game we were more aggressive offensively. About the second inning, I had to tell them that we are here to play and start swinging the bats," said SSHS coach David Carrillo.
"In the second game, we were more selective with what we wanted to do and were thinking to much. We faced a team that we feel like will make us better."
SSHS is now 5-8 on the year and is scheduled to face Lewisville at 2 p.m. and R.L. Turner at 4 p.m. today.
"We hope to get better and get two out of this one today," the coach said. "Our goal is to get into one of those bracket games Saturday."
Lady Cats 6, Plano 3
The Lady Cats found ways to score in all but one inning against the Plano Lady Wildcats as Krista McMahan led the way going 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI.
"Krista did an awesome job during the first game. She is a sophomore and has a great future ahead of her," he said. "I have two catchers in Maurie Lewis and her that are battling for catcher since Jordan is hurt and they are doing a great job."
McMahan broke open a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the second inning with a shot to left field, scoring Jenna Davis, who opened the inning with a walk. On the next at-bat, Kelsey Evans drove in McMahan to give SSHS a 3-1 lead.
But that lead was short lived.
In the top of the third inning, Plano came back with two runs off starter Marci Womack - who went six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, four hits, three walks and one strikeout - as Danielle Vaji reached on an error, followed by a fielder's choice to Beth Bownds, she reached second on a passed ball and then went to third on a groundout. Stevie Pierce then drove in Bownds with a triple and courtesy runner Rachel Townsend scored on an error for the 3-3 tie.
SSHS came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back singles by Amanda McGowin and Katie Dodd before Davis smacked an RBI single driving in McGowin for the 4-3 lead.
The Lady Cats got two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as McGowin opened with a double, followed by a RBI single from Dodd and then Davis rapped a double scoring Dodd for the 6-3 finale.
Dodd went 3-for-3 for the Lady Cats with one run and two RBI, McGowin went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and Davis went 2-for-2 with three RBI and one run scored.
Frisco 7, Lady Cats 1
Against Frisco, the Lady Raccoons blew up a 1-1 tie with a six run fifth inning as 10 batters came up against starter Taylor Clifton, who went six innings giving up seven runs on 11 hits - five of those runs earned for the Lady Cats.
"I thought Taylor pitched an awesome game going into that inning and they were able to put the ball into play," Carrillo said. "I thought Taylor threw a pretty good game and she is somebody that I am looking forward to having for the next four years."
Frisco opened up the game with an RBI from Jamie Wiedert after Natalie Villareal opened up the game with a triple off Clifton for the early 1-0 lead.
The Lady Cats only had two innings were they had more than three batters up in an inning against Weidert as Dodd opened with a single before Weidert sat down Crawford with a groundout and struck out Davis and Clifton to end the second inning.
During the sixth inning, the Lady Raccoons opened the inning with a single by Amanda Moen, followed by Villareal's second triple of the game scoring Moen and then Brittany Dean smacked an RBI triple for the 3-0 lead. Weidert then drove in Dean with a single, Kristen Rigsbee put two runners on with a single and then Karrie Karr and Jackie Victoriano hit into fielder's choices, Amanda Cave was then hit by a pitch, before Karr and Victoriano scored on an error. Cave then ended the scoring on an error for the 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mac Morgan drove in Kelsey Evans with a single to deep right center field for the 6-1 deficit.
Morgan, McGowin and Dodd went 1-for-3 for the Lady Cats in the game.