Lady Cats finish third in Frisco Tournament

From Staff Reports

Mar. 5, 2007 - FRISCO - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats improved to 9-8 on the season and finished in third place during the Frisco Invitational Tournament last weekend.

SSHS head coach David Carrillo said he is pleased with how the season is going.

"It does mean a lot," Carrillo said. "With us being .500 or over .500 at this point of the season, it is a good thing for us. We have battled through some adversity and trying to find the right lineup. We feel like we are on task right now and where we need to be going into the district run."

SSHS won the third place game in extra innings against No. 14-ranked Plano West.

"I felt like we did a great job of playing softball. We showed what we can be and finished in third place in the Frisco tournament against some really good teams. Throughout the whole tournament, we were 5-1 and we were getting after it and I was real proud of how we played," the coach said.

"The girls played well and they were on fire. That is what I have been wanting to see from them all year."

The Lady Cats will return home against the Pittsburg Lady Pirates on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

THIRD PLACE GAME

SSHS 8, Plano West 6 (10 innings)

Against Plano, the Lady Cats took the lead in the fourth inning as Mac Morgan and Amanda McGowin reached on back-to-back singles before Morgan scored on a error by Plano.

Later in the inning, Brittani Crawford drove in McGowin with a single for a 2-1 SSHS lead.

After Plano tied the game in the bottom of the inning, SSHS took a 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth as Maurie Lewis rapped a double, reached third on an error as Kelsey Evans reached on a walk. Lewis then scored on a wild pitch as Evans stole third.

Morgan then drove in Evans with a double for a 4-2 lead and Morgan scored on a wild pitch following a sacrifice fly by McGowin.

Plano West scored three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 5-5 heading into extra innings.

The Lady Cats then scored one run in the ninth and two in the 10th to take the win.

"That was a big battle against Plano West. We were able to come from behind against Lewisville and in this game we had a lead and lost it," he said. "It went into extra innings and we hung in there and kept fighting and came out on top. (Centerfielder) Kristen McDonald made two unbelievable plays during that game, and if she would have missed those balls it would have been game over."

Morgan went 3-for-5 with and RBI and three runs scored, while Crawford went 3-for-4 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored.

Marci Womack picked up the win, pitching a complete game 10-hitter while striking out nine and walking two.

Game 3

SSHS 4, Denton 0

Sulphur Springs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Evans led off the game with a single, a stolen base and then scored on a passed ball.

In the second inning, the Lady Cats extended their lead to 2-0 as Jenna Davis reached on a double and then was driven in by a double from Taylor Clifton.

Sulphur Springs scored a run in the third as Evans reached on an error, went to second on a sacrifice by McDonald and scored on a sacrifice by McGowin for a 3-0 lead.

McGowin scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch by Denton in the fifth inning.

Womack gave up two and struck out 15 in a complete-game victory.

Game 2

SSHS 4, R.L. Turner 0

Against R.L. Turner, Womack pitched another stellar game for the Lady Cats as she struck out 12 batters and gave up two hits in six innings of work.

Sulphur Springs took the lead in the first inning on a single by Evans - who then reached second on a walk to Morgan and stole third to put runners in scoring position.

Dodd drove in Evans for the 1-0 and then Lewis gave SSHS a 2-0 lead with a run-scoring double.

In the fifth inning, the Lady Cats added two insurance runs as McDonald scored on an error off an double by Jenna Davis and then Crawford scored a run later in the inning for the 4-0 finale.

Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and Evans, McGowin, Dodd, Lewis and Tarra Morton recorded hits for the Lady Cats.

Game 1

SSHS 7, Lewisville 5

In the opener on Friday, the Lady Cats won in come-from-behind fashion on a three-run walk-off home run by Dodd in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Morgan opened the inning with a walk, followed by a single to McGowin, and then Dodd erased a 5-4 deficit with a shot to left field.

"We got down 5-0 to Lewisville. We were able to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the seventh inning came and we were able to get a couple of girls on base," Carrillo said. "Katie Dodd then came up and hit a walk-off three-run home run and that was a spark plug for our tournament."

Morton got the start on the mound for the Lady Cats and went three innings giving up four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Womack came on in relief and went the final four innings giving up three hits with four strikeouts to pick up the win.

McGowin and Dodd went 2-for-4, while Morgan went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

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