Lady Cats make plays with bases loaded

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

Feb. 17, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats were the beneficiary of two sensational plays with the bases loaded - one on offense and the other on defense - against the Frisco Lady Raccoons on Friday.

It took a big hit from a little girl and a perfectly executed double play from the Lady Cats to upend Frisco, 7-1, in their final game of the tournament they are hosting.

Sophomore Mac Morgan walloped a second-inning grand slam over the center field fence, and then the Lady Cat defense took over in the fourth inning to turn a 6-2-3-2 double play to blunt Frisco's scoring chances.

Sulphur Springs (5-0) left two runners on base in the first inning, but Morgan made sure that didn't happen in the second. The Lady Cats started a two-out rally when Breanna Mills singled sharply to right and JaMonica Hall and Kelsey Evans both worked bases-on-balls to load the bases. Morgan then blasted a grand slam over the center field fence to put SSHS ahead, 4-0.

The score stayed that way until the fourth when Frisco loaded the bases against SSHS sophomore starter Taylor Clifton. But with no outs and the infield drawn in, a Frisco batter hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Brittani Crawford, who fired home to catcher Maurie Lewis for a force out. Lewis then relayed the ball to first base, but the throw was too late to get the batter.

First baseman Katie Dodd, though, alertly sent the ball back home to Lewis, who made a sweeping tag of the runner trying to score from second base.

The Lady Raccoons ended up getting a run out of the inning, but the double play stymied the potential for a big inning.

Sulphur Springs responded with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hall reached on an error and Evans drove her home with a single to right. After Morgan walked, Dodd drove home both runners with a triple down the right field line.

Morgan and Evans reached base in all three plate appearances.

The tournament was scheduled to end on Saturday, but rain forced the cancellation of the remaining games.

The Lady Cats are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Wills Point.

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