Lady Cats split four tourney games

From Staff Reports

Feb. 25, 2008 - ALLEN - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats came away with a split of four games against Class 5A teams Thursday and Friday in the Allen softball tournament.

The Lady Cats (7-3) outscored Southlake Carroll 10-7 in the opener on Thursday, then dropped a 2-1 decision to Allen. On Friday, SSHS shutout Sachse 2-0, then lost to Spring 11-1.

Junior Krista McMahan had six hits in the tournament, Katie Dodd and Jenna Davis each drove in two runs, while pitchers Kaci Kennedy and Taylor Clifton each won one game in the circle.

"We had a chance to play some really good teams, which is what we were wanting," said SSHS head coach David Carrillo. "We saw a lot of different types of ball and a lot of different styles of pitching.

"Our pitching is starting to develop and grow, and offensively we were able to move the ball a lot. The ball didn't have eyes this weekend, but I was encouraged because we didn't strike out a lot. We moved the ball and put it in play."

That was especially true in the opening game when they stroked six hits against Southlake on a cold, blustery day. Dodd had two hits and knocked in two runs, while Amanda McGowin and Maurie Lewis each had a hit and an RBI. Mac Morgan and McGowin scored twice.

Clifton picked up the victory, giving up one earned run on three hits and two walks.

In Thursday's late game, Allen scored the winning run on a misplayed infield pop with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. It ruined a fine pitched performance from Clifton, who gave up just one earned run while striking out five. She allowed seven hits and two walks.

Brittani Crawford scored the Lady Cats' run and was driving in Davis in the second inning. McMahan went 3-for-3.

Against Sachse on Friday, Kennedy pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out five. Offensively, the Lady Cats managed two runs, scored by Davis and JaMonica Hall. Morgan had one hit and an RBI. McGowin, Crawford and McMahan also hit safely.

In the tournament finale, the Lady Cats had a difficult time containing a powerful Spring team. McMahan and Lewis each had two hits to account for the Lady Cats' offense.

Kennedy and Clifton each pitched three innings and combined to give up 13 hits and three earned runs.

"We need to be a little bit more aggressive on the mound, that's mainly what I'm looking for," Carrillo said. "We're fighting for consistency right now with our pitchers. But, they're not giving up. They're going out there and they're throwing as well as they can.

"Offensively, I think we're moving the ball well enough to win some games."

The Lady Cats will be back in action tomorrow when they host Forney at Lady Cat Park. The JV game will start at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity to start at 6 p.m.

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