TakeYour Pick SSHS baseball, softball playoffs will be here Friday

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 30, 2008 - Sulphur Springs sports fans can have their pick of what to watch on Friday night - playoff baseball or playoff softball. Both will be in town.

The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats firmed up their area round playoff series with Forney, and the first game of the best-of-three format will be played at Lady Cat Park at 7 p.m. Friday.

Game 2 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Forney, with Game 3 (if necessary) to follow.

The SSHS Wildcats, meanwhile, will be hosting Kilgore at 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in a one-game bi-district baseball playoff.

The softball series ended up being a home-and-home affair after the teams couldn't find a suitable neutral site.

The Lady Cats (23-9) are coming off a two-game sweep of Marshall in their bi-district series, 6-0 and 15-5. Forney (24-5), meanwhile, shared the District 12-4A title with Mesquite Poteet and then won a coin flip to be the district's top seed.

The Lady Rabbits have won 15 of their last 16 games, including 11 shutouts during that time. Forney also beat SSHS, 8-6, in a non-district game on Feb. 26.

Forney is expected to pitch its ace, M'Lynn Tillery, who the Lady Cats faced in the earlier game and came away with 10 hits and three earned runs. Tillery has a 24-4 record with a 0.84 ERA in 130 innings.

SSHS head coach David Carrillo is expected to start senior Marci Womack, who was the winner in both of the bi-district contests, giving up just one earned run in 11 2/3 innings. For the season, Womack is 3-1 with a 0.80 ERA in 43 innings after coming back midway through the season following offseason wrist surgery.

Both teams have potent offenses. Forney has three players hitting .500 or better for the season (Monica Davis, Caitlin Everett, Kallan Thompson), while the Lady Cats are paced at the plate by Katie Dodd's .419 average and 36 RBI in 32 games. Krista McMahan, JaMonica Hall, Kara Tomlinson and Brittani Crawford are all hitting .340 or better for the year, and the Lady Cats have amassed 60 extra-base hits, almost two per game.

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