The No. 8 ranked Sulphur Springs Lady Cats played host to Mount Pleasant Friday, looking to stay undefeated in district play. The Lady Cats entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the state, riding a 10-game winning streak.
Sulphur Springs had their ace, Crimson Bryant, on the mound and in typical fashion she wasted no time finding her rhythm. Bryant struck out the first two batters she faced, and after allowing a single and a walk, she struck out her third batter to strand the runners on base.
Looking to gain a lead as early as possible, it was Addison Caddell who got things going with a two-out walk. Caddell advanced to second on a wild pitch, before coming in to score on a single from Bryant, putting the Lady Cats ahead 1-0 in the early going.
Both teams were quiet in the second inning, before Mount Pleasant was able to find some offense in the top of the third. The Lady Tigers strung together two runs on three hits, going ahead 2-1.
Trailing by one going into the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Cats had a huge frame, breaking the game wide open. Parris Pickett opened the frame with a leadoff walk and Sulphur Springs went on to score six runs on five hits, putting themselves ahead 7-2.
Working with a five-run lead, it was back to business as usual for Bryant, who didn’t allow another run for the rest of the game. Sulphur Springs had chances to score in both the fifth and sixth innings. Despite failing to score in those frame, the Lady Cats still walked away with a commanding 7-2 win.
Bryant got the win, going the full seven innings and allowing just two runs. She once again finished with double-digit strike outs, striking out 10.
Reese Ragan, Bryant and Kinz Smallwood led the way offensively, each finishing with two hits. Ragan, along with Jadyn Harper and Katie Johns each had two RBI in the outing.
Seven different Lady Cats each scored a run in the game, including Harper, Caddell, Pickett, Smallwood, Anna E Velasquez and Tia Nash. The win pushes their record to 18-1-2 on the year and keeps them undefeated in district play.
The will look to remain unbeaten in district and extend their wining streak to 12 games with a road match against Texas High Tuesday. The first time the two teams faced each other the Lady Cats came out on top with a dramatic walk-off win.