Diamond Split: SS girls win one, lose one in Frisco

From Staff Reports

Feb. 29, 2008 - FRISCO - It was one up and one down for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats on Thursday, the first day of the Frisco ISD Tournament.

The Lady Cats (8-5) bombed Denton 15-0 in the opening game, then were outscored by Burleson 10-5 in the nightcap.

"It was a good day offensively for us," said SSHS head coach David Carrillo. "We were able to put some runs on the board. Our kids are playing hard, but the second game just kind of got away from us. We've just got to put some games together and be more consistent in what we do.

"We want to try to win every inning, so we need to focus on that. The main thing is that I wanted them to compete hard and get after it. I knew it was going to be a tough tournament, so they're positive and I'm positive."

The Lady Cats are scheduled to face Frisco Wakeland at 5 p.m. today, then on Saturday they will take on Frisco High at 11 a.m., Carrollton R.L. Turner at 1 p.m. and Denton Guyer at 5 p.m.

SSHS 15, Denton 0

SSHS pitcher Kaci Kennedy threw a four-inning one-hitter, striking out six and walking three, and was backed up by 12 hits from her teammates. Kennedy (3-2) dropped her ERA to 1.17.

Krista McMahan had two hits, four RBI and scored twice and JaMonica Hall added a single, a double and three RBI to pace the Lady Cats offensively. Mac Morgan also had a pair of hits and knocked in two runs.

"Offensively, we're really seeing some good pitching, and we've been able to hit it, so that's a positive," Carrillo said. "On the other side, our pitchers are getting really tested because we're facing good hitters, too."

Kelsey Evans and Amanda McGowin both scored twice and had a double, while Maurie Lewis hit a triple, knocked in two runs and scored once. Katie Dodd had a hit and scored and Jenna Davis scored twice and knocked in one run.

Burleson 10, SSHS 5

The Lady Cats scored two runs in the top of the first, but Burleson scored 10 runs over the initial three innings to put the game away.

Morgan accounted for three of Sulphur Springs' seven hits and scored twice. Crawford had a two RBI on a third-inning home run.

Lewis, Dodd and McMahan chipped in one hit apiece.

In the circle, sophomore Taylor Clifton started and took the loss, going 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs while fanning two. Kennedy pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing two earned run on four hits while striking out three.

Carrillo said he is trying to break the game down, inning-by-inning.

"I told the kids to try to win every inning. Don't worry about the big picture yet. We've got to take care of what we do and not worry about what everybody else does," he said. "Hopefully by the time district rolls around, we'll be battle-tested.

"We're still really young on the mound, and the more our pitchers throw, the better they'll get."

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