LINDALE — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats won their fourth game in a row, routing Marshall, 16-2 Saturday morning in the final game of the Lindale Tournament.
The Wildcats, 4-4 for the year, pounded out 14 hits in the lopsided win while three Sulphur Springs pitchers limited Marshall to two runs off five hits.
The 9 a.m. start under sub-freezing temperatures did not cool down the Wildcats as they exploded for four runs in the first inning and added a dozen more in the second inning in the contest halted after three frames.
"This baseball tournament was really good for us. We won four games in a row. To end with a win over a district team like Marshall gives us a lot of confidence," said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. "I think we are making strides toward developing into the team I think we can be. We are hitting the ball, moving runners and scoring them. We had good pitched and defense. This was a very good tournament for us overall. It's not all about winning the four games, but playing baseball the right way."
Jordan Jackson and Kason Matthews both had big days with four RBIs each. Matthews was 3 for 4 with two doubles. Jordan Jackson added two hits, including a triple as he plated four on two hits. Jenner Jackson knocked in two as he went 2 for 3 with a two-bagger. Cabo Sanvig was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Mitchell DeYong was 2 for 2 with one run plated. Cole Hill knocked home a run with a single. Willy Ivery and Brennan Brock, fresh from running track the day before, each went 1 for 4. Alex Burney also drove in a run during the onslaught against the Mavs.
Hill pitched two innings allowing no runs, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out three. Garrett Hood allowed two runs in one inning as he surrendered three hits, three walks and fanning two. Kason Matthews faced three batters, striking out two.
"We got the big lead so we were able to use several pitchers," Hammack said. "Hill just pitched two innings, we rested him because his shoulder has been giving him a little soreness. Overall, we got to play lots of players which is good for our morale. Those guys who don't start work still hard in practice. We have 14 players. I think they all got to play in Lindale."
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