Turning the Corner: Lady Cats end softball tournament on a three-game winning streak

From Staff Reports

March 4, 2008 - FRISCO - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finished the Frisco ISD Softball Tournament with a 4-2 mark, including ending on a three-game winning streak.

The Lady Cats (11-6) were edged out by Rowlett on Friday, then won all three of their Saturday games, 5-4 over Frisco, 10-0 over Carrollton R.L. Turner, and 9-5 over Denton Guyer.

In the six-game tournament, junior Katie Dodd hit a smoking .600 with five doubles and eight RBI in 15 at-bats. Junior Krista McMahan added nine hits and six RBI, while classmate Brittani Crawford had eight hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs.

In the circle, junior Kaci Kennedy went 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA, and sophomore Taylor Clifton also had a 2-1 record.

"We played well. We came back and played hard and strong, just like I was hoping we would," said SSHS head coach David Carrillo. "We battled back after a rough week last week and didn't make many errors, got good pitching and it was like fireworks at the plate.

"We're 11-6 now, playing good teams, and our girls are really confident now. I feel like this is a big turnaround for us."

Rowlett 2, SSHS 0

The Rowlett right fielder made two outstanding plays in the first inning, taking away two probable hits, to help keep the Lady Cats off the scoreboard.

SSHS ended up with two hits, one each by Dodd and JaMonica Hall. The Lady Cats also did not make an error - in fact they committed just two errors in the tournament.

Kennedy took the loss despite giving up just five hits and one walk while fanning two.

"We lost a game on Friday, but I told our kids it was a good loss because we played a really good team and played well," Carrillo said. "We didn't make any errors, but we just didn't get base hits. But, our hits came on Saturday."

SSHS 5, Frisco 4 (8 innings)

The Lady Cats pushed across two runs in the top of the eighth and limited Frisco to one run in the bottom of the inning.

SSHS got a two-hit game (both doubles) and three RBI from Dodd, and a two-hit game from McMahan, who also drove home a run. Senior Kelsey Evans had one hit and scored twice. Also with hits were Maurie Lewis and Crawford, who had the team's other RBI.

Clifton went the distance in the circle, allowing six hits, two walks and striking out three.

SSHS 10, R.L. Turner 0

Kennedy gave up just three hits and one walk in picking up the six-inning victory.

Crawford and Amanda McGowin both rapped out three hits and scored a run, while Dodd had two RBI, one hit and two runs scored. McMahan also scored twice.

The Lady Cats led 3-0 going into the seventh inning, then exploded for seven runs. They ended the game with 15 hits, including a pair from T'Kea Johnson, who also drove in three runs.

Evans and Phebe Rutledge each had one hit and RBI and scored once.

SSHS 9, Denton Guyer 5

Dodd again swung the big bat, driving in three runs with three hits, including a double. Hall and McMahan each had three hits and scored one run as the Lady Cats hammered out 16 total hits.

McGowin added a pair of singles, while Mac Morgan and Lewis each scored two runs and managed one hit. Others with hits included Evans, Crawford and Johnson.

Clifton picked up the complete-game victory by allowing nine hits while fanning four.

"I can't tell you how pleased I am. They played with confidence, they stayed focused, and I'm pleased with their effort," Carrillo said. "We lost a few, too, but they were focused."

The Lady Cats will host Pittsburg at 7 p.m. Thursday, a make-up of a game postponed from Monday. The game will come after the JV tournament hosted by Sulphur Springs earlier that day. The JV tournament schedule will be in tomorrow's edition.

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