ENNIS — Sulphur Springs got a no-hit win and a tie in the first round of the Ennis baseball tournament Thursday.
The Wildcats came out swinging with a 9-0 win over Seagoville to open the tournament.
In the late game, Sulphur Springs tied No. 9-state ranked Corsicana at 3-all in a pool game stopped due to the tournament time limit.
In the Seagoville game, Wildcat pitchers Cole Hill and Garrett Hood combined for a no-hitter as they slayed the Dragons in five innings. Hill pitched the first three innings, striking out four, walking two with one runner reaching on an error. Hood closed out the final two innings, striking out four, walking one with one runner reaching on catcher’s interference. But none of the five base runners scored and the no-hitter and shutout were preserved.
“I looked at the book after the game and saw for sure it was a no-hitter. That’s a good accomplishment,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “It was not something we thought about or planned during the game. It just happened because both Hill and Hood were pounding the strike zone.”
Hammack continued, “They both had good control and they were around the plate. We played well on defense and they kept throwing getting outs.”
Top hitters in the win over Seagoville include: Jordan Jackson was 2 for 3 with two doubles, three RBIs; Hill was 1 for 2 with a run plated; Cabo Sanvig also knocked in a run. Brennan Brock was 2 for 3 with a double; Alex Burney added a double and Ben Brooks had a single.
“The wind was really blowing straight in. Jenner Jackson hit a shot to left field that I was sure was out, but it was knocked down by the wind,” Hammack said. “It was just a tough, windy day. We were successful with line drives and ground ball hits. But that is what we try to do all the time anyway. We got hits from all parts of the lineup.”
The Wildcats went to 5-4 for the year going up against the No. 9 ranked Corsicana Tigers.
“I knew the game would be a test and it was. We got to play six innings and we were still tied. So we got another inning and it ended 3-3 as a pool game,” Hammack said. “We had opportunities to win. We left the bases loaded in the third inning and did not score. That hurt us, we couldn’t seem to get the key hit. But give their pitchers credit for making the pitches.”
Jordan Jackson went all seven innings, throwing 90 pitches. He struck out four and gave up three runs from six hits.
Wildcat hitters included - Jenner Jackson knocking in two, going 2 for 3 with a double, Jordan Jackson scored twice. Kason Matthews, Willy Ivery and Brock had one hit each.
“I think we should have won. To me, we out-played them,” Hammack said. “Jordan pitched well against a quality opponent. We battled them and I am proud of that. We went toe-to-toe with a team ranked in the Top 10 in the state.”
The coach said the game, even though it is just an early season, tournament contest, had an intense feel to it.
“It was like a playoff game. You could feel it in the dugout and on the field,” Hammack said. “We like the way we responded. We just have a few things go against us. We had a runner thrown out at the plate. We did not take advantage of all our chances. You have to score when you get the chance against a team as good as Corsicana.”
The Wildcats, 5-4-1, will play 15-4A Red Oak today at 1 p.m.
In other SSHS baseball news — the Sulphur Springs junior varsity won 16-11 in six innings over Rockwall Heath during Thursday action in the Forney Tournament. Coach Trent Ledkins said Dillon Carpenter and Hunter Coleman pitched three innings each. Carpenter hit a three-run homer and Parker Aguilar was 2 for 3 in the contest.
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