The Sulphur Springs Wildcats didn't exactly knock the cover off the ball in their second baseball scrimmage.
But they didn't have to.
The Wildcats rallied for six runs late to break open at 2-all game and take a 8-2 scrimmage win over North Lamar Saturday in varsity baseball action at Eagle Stadium.
Sulphur Springs did not need many runs, since their pitching was going so well. Three Wildcat pitchers combined to allow two runs off one hit, striking out 12 and walking 6 batters.
Right-hander senior pitcher Jordan Jackson started the game on the hill and faced 11 batters in the game. He allowed no runs or hits, striking five, walking two and hitting 88 mph on the radar gun.
Southpaw Jordan Jackson also pitched three full innings, facing 10 batters. He fanned five batters, three were caught looking at his array of fastballs and off-speed pitches. He allowed one walk with no runs or hits.
Garrett Hood closed out the game pitching the final two innings, facing 10 hitters. He walked three, allowed one hit, two runs and struck out two.
At the dish for the Wildcats, senior Cole Hill was 2-for-3 with a triple, single and three RBIs. Kason Matthews added a double. Jenner Jackson and Ross Cody added singles. Alex Burney knocked in a run with a ground ball. Jordan Jackson had an RBI walk. Willy Ivery drew a walk and swiped two bases.
“I thought our pitching was very good for the most part,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “We did not hit like I thought we would. We did not make the adjustments this scrimmage like we did for the first two. We were very aggressive on the bases which I like and I thought we did a good job of executing some situations like scoring runners from third. Defensively, we made some great plays.”
The first inning was scoreless, but eventful. Jenner Jackson worked into a jam and then back out. After opening the game by issuing a walk. The runner stole second. Jackson struck out the next two batters on called third strikes. The next batter coaxed a walk. Jenner Jackson regrouped to sit the batter down on four pitches leaving two runners stranded on the sacks for the Panthers.
The Wildcats got their first run in the bottom of the second. Cabo Sanvig struck out. Ross Cody reached by getting hit in the elbow with a pitch from the North Lamar pitcher. Kason Matthews belted a 2-2 pitch to the outfield fence for a double. With runners at second and third, Burney grounded out to short stop and the first run of the game scored. Ben Brooks struck out and the Wildcats had to be content up 1-0.
Jenner Jackson retired the side in order, only using 11 pitches.
Sulphur Springs went back to work at the plate. The first two batters were retired on a strikeout and ground ball in the infield. Jordan Jackson walked. The pinch runner Brennan Brock stole second. Cole Hill connected for a triple to the outfield that plated the run to make it a 2-all game.
North Lamar took advantage of three walks in the top of the seventh to push across a run and make it a 2-1 game. The visitors added a lone run in the top of the eighth inning to tie the contest.
The visitors could not find the strike zone with two pitchers combining for eight walks in the bottom of the eighth frame. The Wildcats sent 12 batters to the dish with six of them scoring. Key hits were singles by Hill and Jenner Jackson. The scrimmage ended with Sulphur Springs taking the 8-2 decision.
Junior varsity coach Trent Ledkins said the squad looked good with Hunter Elliott, Dillon Carpenter, Hunter Coleman and Drew Forsman pitching.
Ryan Ferguson and Aaron Hicks each doubled and knocked in runs. Ethan Phillips contributed a triple.
The varsity Wildcats play Thursday through Saturday in the Tyler Lee Rose City Classic at Mike Carter Field.
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