Explosive Sixth Inning Lifts Lady Cats Over Copperas Cove
SAN ANGELO, TX-- Central defeated Copperas Cove 12-7 on Tuesday after an offensive explosion in the sixth inning propelled them to victory after a slow start.
“Good focus, this is a bunch that never gives up and if that’s the case you’re never out of a ball game,” said Central Lady Cat Head Coach David Millsap. “You feel like you’re in it even when you’re behind. You always got a chance, always got chance.”
Central found themselves in an early deficit after falling behind 4-0 in only two innings of work, but Bailey Fulps got Central back into the game when she went yard clearing the right field fence to bring in Sydnie Gilbert and Emily Sanchez, making it a one run game.
However, a few mistakes by the Lady Cats in the top of the third allowed Copperas Cove to score another run. Copperas Cove’s Salazar reached home plate making it 5-3 after an error by catcher Micaiah Howell allowed her to score.
Another error by the Lady Cats allowed another run to cross the plate for Copperas Cove, but they kept fighting as the game wore on.
In the bottom the fourth Central’s Samantha Howell scored on passed ball on a play which Kayla Subia advanced to second base as well. Following the passed ball, Katheryne Herrera doubled on a line drive to right field that brought in Subia making it a 6-5 game.
Copperas Cove’s Scribner extended their lead in the top of the fifth on a deep solo homer to center field making it 7-5, but Fulps kept her composure in the inning for Central to retire the final three batters she faced after a Bulldawg reached on another error.
Copperas Cover would go scoreless in the sixth, which opened the door for a Central comeback. Th Lady Cats would capitalize on their opportunity and exploded for seven runs in the inning.
Asthon McMillan had a huge home run on a line drive over the right field fence that brought in Madison Stewart and Gilbert. McMillan finished 1-4 with three RBI’s and Stewart had a nice night of her own finishing 1-2 with 2 RBI’s.
Fulps was a huge factor for the Lady Cats as she went the distance and finished with nine strikeouts on the night. Herrera had a big game as well finishing 2-4 with 3 RBI’s.
The Lady Cats (6-3-2) will face Harker Heights next in an away game on Friday, March 9 in which they look to build off this epic victory.