The Lady Cats softball team took advantage of some hits in the bottom of the fourth as they took game 1 of the area series with the Crandall Lady Pirates, 3-0 on Thursday, May 6 in Nevada, TX.
The two teams were led early in the game by their starting pitchers. Through three innings, SS Parris Pickett’s single in the bottom of the third was the only hit up until then.
Sulphur Springs struck big in the bottom of the fourth inning, though, as CF and Jadyn Harper started off the big inning by knocking a single to get on base. RF Grace Magnuson was able to reach first on an error by a Lady Pirate infielder, and Harper was able to make it to third. Magnuson then reached second on the same error.
Clean-up batter Addison Caddell made her at-bat count, getting Harper home on a line drive to the right fielder, and Magnuson then made her way to third to put runners at the corners with a 1-0 lead and no outs. The following batter, starting pitcher for the Lady Cats Crimson Bryant, made it big by doubling on a line drive to center field to get both Magnuson and Caddell home to make it 3-0 over Crandall after 4 innings. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, that would be the final score on the night.
The story of the Lady Cats victory cannot be told without mention of dynamite ace Bryant. The righty struck out 17 consecutive Crandall batters before starting pitcher for the Lady Pirates Scarlett Perez ended the perfect game bid.
Bryant and the Sulphur Springs squad then found themselves somewhat in a bind, as the righty then gave up three straight hits, with two outs, leading 3-0 in the top of the six. Bryant then did what she does best, striking out 2B Alix Miller and the following three Crandall batters in their next at-bat to get a 3-0 victory over the Lady Pirates.
The ace went on a tear versus Crandall, striking out the first 17 batters she faced and 21 total. She allowed three hits in the bottom of the sixth, but the righty did not walk a Lady Pirate batter.
The win over Crandall at Community High School gave the Lady Cats a 1-0 lead in the three game series. The win increases Coach David Carrillo’s squad season record to 25-3 overall (11-1 district).
If the Lady Cats can get a win versus the Lady Pirates on Friday, then they will have won the Area series and move on to the Regional Quarterfinal.
Game 2 between Sulphur Springs and Crandall will be back in Nevada, TX at Community High School and will tee off at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, May 7. That game will be broadcasted on KSST’s sister station, KRVA 107.1 Young Country FM.