Lady Cats Softball Coach David Carrillo said he knew Mineola was a good team when he scheduled them. The Lady Cats had their closest game of the young season defeating the Yellowjackets, 6-2 at Lady Cat Park Monday afternoon (February 18). The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but was moved up because of concerns with Tuesday’s weather.
Coach Carrillo liked that his team had a face a good left handed pitcher. He said being challenged would help the team later on. Coach Carrillo said senior pitcher Bailey Haggerty pitched a steady game. Haggerty got the win allowing two runs, both unearned, on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk over seven innings. He said the Lady Cats needed to work to clean up their defense when the opposition uses small ball.
Coach Carrillo said offensive standouts included Brinklee Driver, who was 4 for 4, and Kelsey Wallace, who hit her fourth home run of the season leading off the bottom of the first inning for the Lady Cats. He said Alli Fite did not have a hit but he said she hit the ball well. Coach Carrillo said he was impressed that the Lady Cats almost got out of an inning where Mineola scored two runs. He also admitted he made what he called a boneheaded call. Coach Carrillo said he called for a bunt in a situation that didn’t call for a bunt. He said he told the team that he messed up and he needed them to pick him up. He said they did and he added that’s what families do.
The Lady Cats play in an Allen tournament Thursday through Saturday. Coach Carrillo said the Lady Cats are scheduled to play Class 6A Coppell, a much improved Longview team, a good McKinney team, Frisco Lone Star and Celina. He said by playing quality teams, it would make the Lady Cats better.