SS softball on 4-game win streak heading into district

From Staff Reports

March 10, 2008 - BIRTHRIGHT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats will go into their district softball opener on Friday on a four-game winning streak.

The Lady Cats improved their overall record to 12-6 on Saturday morning with an 11-0 victory over Pittsburg in a twice-postponed contest.

Krista McMahan blasted two home runs and knocked in five runs in the process, and Maurie Lewis added a home run and two RBI of her own in the Lady Cats' victory.

The game was originally scheduled for Monday, but had to be rescheduled twice because of weather. Finally, SSHS head coach was able to secure the North Hopkins field, which was dry enough to play.

The Lady Cats then made the most of their opportunity, scoring four runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Meanwhile, junior pitcher Kaci Kennedy and sophomore Taylor Clifton combined to allow just one hit in the five-inning game.

"We did well offensively, we played well defensively - we just kind of took care of business," Carrillo said. "It was a good day for us. I feel good about it the direction we're heading with our pitching right now, and I feel good about our hitting."

Kennedy struck out seven of the 10 batters she faced, allowing just one hit in three innings. Clifton came on to retire six of the nine hitters she faced, striking out one in two innings.

Offensively, the Lady Cats had seven hits, three of them by McMahan, including the two home runs, and two more by Mac Morgan, who had a double and scored three times. JaMonica Hall had a hit and Lewis had a home run and scored two runs. Katie Dodd and Brittani Crawford also scored twice.

"It was a great team effort," Carrillo said. "Everybody played well."

Sulphur Springs' game against Liberty-Eylau, scheduled for tomorrow, has been canceled and will not be made up. So, that leaves the Lady Cats' next game coming Friday at Paris in the District 11-4A opener.

Carrillo said he will start Kennedy on Friday, though Clifton will also pitch in district, and if senior Marci Womack, last year's team MVP, returns from a wrist injury, she will also be worked in.

"Marci's been throwing with her dad. I don't know exactly what her timetable is, but I know she's been throwing, and that's a good thing," Carrillo said. "We told her it's her timetable, and when she's ready, we're ready for her."

Carrillo, though, said he's happy with the way his current pitchers are throwing.

"Our other two pitchers are throwing well. Kaci was excellent on Saturday," Carrillo said. "We're going to use them both, and if Marci comes back, we'll throw her into the rotation."

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