ENNIS — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats closed out tournament play strong here Saturday with a 7-5 win over Ennis to take third place.
The Wildcats went 3-0-1 in the tournament. Corsicana defeated Mansfield, 7-6 for the championship.
In the win over the host school Ennis, the Wildcats had balanced hitting and scoring.
The Wildcats took a quick 2-0 lead, but Ennis answered with one run in the bottom of the first to make it a 2-1 game.
Sulphur Springs scored two runs in the second and tallied another pair in the third inning to go ahead 6-1. Ennis pushed across one run in the fourth. Both team scored a single run in the fifth to make it a 7-3 game. Ennis scored one run in the sixth another in the seventh, but came up on the short end of the 7-5 final.
Leadoff hitter Willy Ivery had two sacrifice flies for runs, he also scored a run. Cabo Sanving added a pair of hits as he went 2 for 4 in the contest.
Jenner Jackson was 1 for 3 with one RBI and a run scored. Jordan Jackson also plated a run. Kason Matthews and Brennan Brock had two singles each. Cole Hill added a single and a run scored.
Ben Brooks got the pitching win, going five innings in the start. Brooks faced 21 batters, giving up three runs, all earned, seven hits, walking two and striking out two. Sanvig had two innings pitched for the Wildcats, facing 12 batters as he notched the save in relief. He gave up three hits, two runs, one earned run.
“We are pleased with how we played in the tournament. We wanted to get first, but the tiebreakers went against us,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “We felt like we were the best team in the tournament. We got some wins over some playoff caliber teams. We are 7-0-1 over the last eight games.”
Sulphur Springs (7-4-1) plays on the road vs. Crandall at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Wildcats have 1 p.m. games set Wednesday against Paris and Friday vs. North Lamar at Eagle Stadium.
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