Lady Cats win fifth consecutive game

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Mar. 7, 2007 - With a week to go before the District 11-4A opener, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats won their fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, 6-0 over the Pittsburg Lady Pirates at Lady Cat Park.

"I thought we played a good game tonight. I thought we did what we needed to do, and we came out and took care of some business," said SSHS coach David Carrillo. "I felt like we were able to move the ball well offensively, and we hit it at people and then got a little lull there in the middle of the game."

The Lady Cats improved to 10-8 on the year and surpassed their win total from last season after finishing 9-14-1 on the year.

Carrillo said reaching double figures wins is special but that is not their goal.

"The 10 wins is a good thing right now," the coach said. "We are trying to get some more wins and get into the playoffs which is our main goal.

"To tell you the truth, I think everything is happening so fast and we are really trying to get our feet underneath us. Our whole thing was working to get better this year and we are focusing on that this season."

Freshman Taylor Clifton went the distance in the circle, scattering four hits while striking out 12 batters. She improved to 2-3 on the year.

"I thought she did a really good job," Carrillo said. "She was able to spot her pitches and did a great job of changing speeds and throwing those girls off balance, and that was the key tonight."

The Lady Cats found ways to come up with clutch hits throughout the game and opened up the first inning with a 3-0 lead as Kelsey Evans and Mac Morgan hit back-to-back singles to lead off the game. Amanda McGowin was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Katie Dodd drove in Evans with a single. Krista McMahan then drove in Morgan with a single followed by a one-out fielder's choice by Brittani Crawford scoring Dodd for the 3-0 lead.

Sulphur Springs added one more run in the bottom of the second inning as Tarra Morton doubled and scored on Morgan's single with one out. Morgan went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.

In the third inning, the Lady Cats had a chance to extend their lead with the bases loaded as Jenna Davis reached on an error, followed by a single to Crawford and a walk to Clifton, but all three were left stranded.

Pittsburg had a chance to score in the top of the fifth inning with runners on second and third, but Clifton got Kristen Walker to strike out to end the inning.

SSHS added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Morgan reached on a single, went to second on an error, went to third on another error and then scored on a wild pitch for a 5-0 lead. Dodd later scored on a two-out single by Maurie Lewis for the 6-0 finale.

Lewis went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in relief of McMahan at catcher, Dodd went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, Crawford went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Morton was 1-for-3 with a run scored, and McGowin also went 1-for-3.

The Lady Cats will travel to play the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars at 4:30 p.m. Friday, before wrapping up the non-district schedule against the Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, next Tuesday night.

"I know they (Bishop Lynch) are a really good private school out of Dallas and they have a great tradition in softball," the coach said. "I know it is going to be a good game for us and they are one of the better private schools in the area."

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