MARSHALL — The hometown Mavericks rallied late to take a 4-3 win in eight innings over Sulphur Springs in 14-4A baseball competition Friday.
“We had a 3-1 lead late in the game, then Marshall came back,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “It was a bitter pill to swallow, I thought we would win the game.”
“Ben Brooks was pitching well, but Marshall got the runs to win,” Hammack said. “It was a tough loss.”
Brooks pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits, four runs (two earned), fanning seven on the night.
Senior second baseman Alex Burney had a double and a single, including the hit which drove in the run to give the Wildcats the lead, prior to the Marshall rally.
The game was tied at 1-all after seven innings. Sulphur Springs scored twice in the top of the seventh. Mavs pushed across three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Brennan Brock and C.J. Stephens recorded hits. Ethan Phillips also knocked in a run.
Both teams were out of the playoff race. The top four teams made the postseason, action continued between squads to determine playoff seeding.
“We played well. Brooks pitched a super game, he was very efficient with his pitches,” Hammack said. “We just came up short again in a district game. We had so many close games that could have gone the other way, like the 1-0 loss at Pine Tree or either game with Mount Pleasant.”
The Wildcats end the year at 3-7 in district, 14-11. Marshall finished at 8-15, 3-7.
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