Grabbing Some Wins

Lady Cats win first three games of their own tournament; junior varsity girls also unbeaten

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

Feb. 15, 2008 - In hosting their own tournament this weekend, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats hoped to get in as many games as possible before predicted bad weather hits. While they're at it, they are also getting as many wins as possible.

The Lady Cats improved their overall record to 4-0 by winning all three games they played on Thursday. After defeating Mabank 6-1 in the morning Sulphur Springs notched a 3-1 victory over Royse City and an 11-0 win over Garland Naaman Forest.

"We wanted to get all three games in and play good, solid ball, and we were able to do that," said SSHS head coach David Carrillo. "All three pitchers got some work, everybody got to play and nobody got hurt."

The Lady Cats are scheduled to play Frisco at 1 p.m. today. The tournament wraps up on Saturday, weather permitting.

SSHS 3, Royse City 0

Lady Cat pitcher Kaci Kennedy pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk, and Mac Morgan had two RBI and scored a run in the Lady Cats' closest game of the young season.

Sulphur Springs needed the good pitching effort - plus an outstanding, diving catch by JaMonica Hall in left field - because the game was scoreless until the fourth. Then, Morgan walked to open the inning, went to second on a sacrifice by Kennedy and scored when Katie Dodd drilled a double to left field.

In the fifth, the Lady Cats added two more insurance runs when Morgan drove in Krista McMahan and Jenna Davis with a double.

The Lady Cats managed just three hits against Royse City, but two of them were RBI doubles.

"We saw a really good Royse City pitcher that I thought was good for us to face this year," Carrillo said. "It was a nip-and-tuck game, and they had a really solid pitcher. We were able to battle and win that one, which should give our girls some confidence."

SSHS 11, Naaman Forest 0

Every Lady Cat reached base and eight of them scored runs in the four-inning victory. In two of the innings, the Lady Cats batted through the order.

Brittani Crawford had a pair of hits and scored three times, and Dodd scored twice after reaching base safely all three at-bats.

McMahan had an RBI double, while Davis and Kelsey Evans each had run-scoring singles, and Maurie Lewis drove in two runs with a single and an infield grounder.

On the mound, Kennedy and Crawford combined for a two-hit shutout. Kennedy gave up one hit and fanned three in two innings of work, while Crawford also gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings.

SSJV goes 3-0

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats junior varsity opened up the inaugural Sulphur Springs softball tournament with three wins Thursday at Coleman Park as they improved to 4-0 on the season.

"It was great to get the three wins today," said SSJV coach Michelle Barron. "The girls did a great job today."

The Lady Cats defeated North Hopkins 6-0 in Game 1, defeated Lone Oak 4-2 in Game 2 and wrapped up the night's action with a 7-3 win over Commerce.

SSHS is scheduled to play two games today at 11:30 a.m. against Winnsboro and 1 p.m. against Prairiland.

GAME 1

SSHS 6, North Hopkins 0

Baylee Speaker pitched a complete game no-hitter with three walks and nine strikeouts against the Lady Panthers in their opening game of the tournament.

"I think Baylee (Speaker) was surprised of the no-hitter because she didn't realize that she did it after the game," the coach said.

The Lady Cats scored a run in the first inning as Jamie Scroggins smacked a single off starting pitcher Jessica Harry and advanced to third on an errant throw and scored on a passed ball.

In the second, the Lady Cats scored two more runs as Mia Taylor and Spencer Martin opened the inning with back-to-back walks. After a stolen base from courtesy runner Jordan Moon and a wild pitch that sent her to third, Tessa Story smacked a RBI grounder and Speaker had an RBI single for the 3-0 lead.

The Lady Cats came back in the fourth inning with two more runs as Speaker reached on an error and then Ariel Spataro rapped a one-out, RBI triple to left field as Katy Mason came around to score. Spataro later scored on a passed ball for a 5-0 lead.

T'Kea Johnson wrapped up the scoring in the fifth inning after reaching on an error and scoring on an RBI single by Taylor.

GAME 2

SSHS 4, Lone Oak 2

Prior to their game, Lone Oak lost its center fielder Alexia Straten to an injury, leaving the Lady Buffs with only eight players on their roster. According to the rules, Lone Oak took an automatic out every time she was scheduled to come up to bat.

Lone Oak opened up the game with a run off of Lady Cats starter Spataro as Ashton Hale forced a walk, reached second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a single by Casey Lilly. With two runners on, Carissa Gentry hit into an RBI fielder's choice as Hale scored for the 1-0 lead.

"It did not phase the girls to be behind in Game 2," the coach said. "The girls did a good job of coming back and they never got down and worked really hard."

Sulphur Springs came back in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own as Spataro drove in Darden with an RBI single to tie the score.

SSHS opened up a 3-1 lead in the third when Story reached on an error and eventually scored on a sacrificie fly by K.K. Smith. Johnson then came up and smacked a double to the right center field gap and later scored on a wild pitch.

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