Lady Cats need late-inning heroics in win over Bishop Lynch

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Mar. 10, 2007 - DALLAS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats needed some late-inning heroics to win their sixth consecutive game on Friday night.

The Lady Cats beat the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars 2-1 to improve to 11-8 on the year as freshman Maurie Lewis opened the seventh inning with a triple and scored the go-ahead run on Brittani Crawford's grounder.

"Maurie had an outstanding game tonight," said SSHS coach David Carrillo. "She was very explosive and is definitely a weapon and I am blessed to have her. Her being so young and able to come through like she did tonight was huge."

Lewis went 3-for-3 with a double and two triples and also had one run scored and one RBI, Amanda McGowin went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while Katie Dodd and Kelsey Evans each went 1-for-3 for the Lady Cats.

Marci Womack threw a complete-game four-hitter for the Lady Cats and faced one batter over the minimum in the first three innings to pick up her ninth win on the season. Womack also gave up one unearned run while striking out eight and allowing no walks.

"Marci was steady throughout the game," the coach said. "Her pitches were well-thrown and she was able to hit her spots. She is a leader and a warrior and she is going to get after you every game."

In the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Cats found a way to break through against Lady Friar starter Christina Gamboa as McGowin reached on a single. With two outs, Lewis smacked her first triple to left field scoring McGowin for the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Gamboa reached on a single and with one out, Crosby Rolle reached on an error as Gamboa advanced to third. She then tied the game at 1-1 on a passed ball and Womack struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Carrillo expects district games to be tight, and he knows these type of games will happen on any given night.

"We are going to be in a lot of these 2-1 or 1-0 ballgames and we need to make sure that we stay focused and not panic," he said. "We have to believe and continue to know that we can't panic."

The Lady Cats wrap up their non-district schedule against the Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Texarkana. On Friday night, the Lady Cats open District 11-4A play against returning district MVP Kelsey Harrington and the Texas High Lady Tigers at Lady Cat Park.

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