Sulphur Springs used to be nearly impossible to beat in district softball.

The Lady Wildcats went nearly four years without losing a district game.

But the Lady Wildcats have changed head coaches and some of the top players have graduated, leaving them a team that now is within reach of the other teams in District 12-4A.

Greenville coach Frank Colvert is hoping his Lady Lions can stay with the Lady Wildcats in their district softball match tonight at Monty Stratton Field in Greenville. Scheduled game times are at 5 p.m. for the junior varsity and 7 p.m. for the varsity.

“They’re down to earth,” Colvert said of the Lady Wildcats. “They’ve got a good freshman class. If we could get three to four hits we could beat them. This is the year to beat them.”

The 4-9-1 Lady Lions have struggled at the plate since opening district play. They did not get a baserunner against Texas High and its pitcher Kelsey Harrington in a 9-0 loss in the district opener last Friday and managed only two hits and three baserunners in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday to North Lamar and its pitcher Kaci Crawford. Harrington struck out 13 batters and Crawford fanned 12.

Greenville pitcher Holly Patterson struck out nine batters while giving up four hits and three walks against North Lamar.

Colvert said Texas High, Mount Pleasant and Paris appear to be the top three teams in the district. Paris has beaten Sulphur Springs.

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Other scheduled softball games around the area include Celeste at Trenton, Lone Oak at Quitman, Commerce at Winnsboro, Cumby at Yantis, Farmersville at Van Alstyne, Community at Princeton, Royse City at Bonham, Quinlan Ford at Ferris, Anna at Leonard, Mount Vernon at Rains and Caddo Mills at Alba-Golden.

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