Errors account for Lady Cats' first softball defeat

From Staff Reports

Feb. 20, 2008 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats had committed just five errors in their first five softball games of the season, but they matched that total on Tuesday in an 8-4 loss to Wills Point.

It was the Lady Cats' first loss after starting the season 5-0.

It wasn't difficult for head coach David Carrillo to put his finger on what went wrong.

"The wheels fell off on us last night defensively," he said. "It kind of steamrolled on us, and there was no stopping it. They scored eight runs in that one inning."

The Lady Cats had gone up 1-0 in the top of the third inning, but Wills Point came back with eight runs in the bottom of the inning. Sulphur Springs scratched out three more runs the rest of the game, but couldn't make up for the eight-spot.

"You get the bases full and make a mistake that allows two or three runs to score - that was part of it," Carrillo said. "We were just snakebit."

Starting pitcher Kaci Kennedy gave up just two earned runs on five hits in two innings, and reliever Taylor Clifton did not allow an earned run over the final four innings. They combined to strike out four and walk two.

Offensively, the Lady Cats were led by senior Kelsey Evans and junior Breanna Mills, who each had two hits and drove in two runs. Evans' hits included a double and a home run, while Mills had two doubles. Jenna Davis and Amanda McGowin also hit safely for the Lady Cats.

"We've been blessed by great games the last five games. You're not going to win them all - you want to - it's just not going to happen," Carrillo said. "We can look at it as a bad thing or we can learn from it. Our kids will bounce back."

They will get their first chance on Thursday when they play in the Allen Tournament. They are scheduled to face Southlake Carroll at 2 p.m. and Sachse at 4 p.m. tomorrow. On Friday, games are set for 9 a.m. against Round Rock Stoney Point and at 5 p.m. against Allen.

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