The best remedy for a tough defeat, is winning the next game.
After losing 2-1 at Marshall on Friday night, Sulphur Springs shook off the cobwebs and hammered Rains 13-3 in a Saturday afternoon game at Eagle Stadium.
"I knew we would bounce back. It wasn’t against a district foe, but Rains is a good team," said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. "They threw their ace (Colton Coffman) at us. We were able to get some hits and win. We had good pitching and defense."
That good feeling was probably felt the most in the Jackson household. As Jenner Jackson jacked a grand slam homer and twin brother Jordan went 3 for 3 and had a three-run blast in the rout over the visiting Rains Wildcats in a game which ended after five innings.
The Wildcats went to 13-8-1 with the non-district win. Rains fell to 15-5 on the year.
The Sulphur Springs bats woke up late with five runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth for the win. The visitors got three runs in the fifth during their only rally.
Sophomore Ben Brooks got the pitching win 4 1/3 innings of work. Brooks was in command early, striking out the side in the first inning. He fanned seven, allowing three runs off five hits, walking two and hitting one batter while throwing 70 pitches. Relief pitcher Garrett Hood got the final two outs.
Coffman of Rains took the pitching loss, starting and going three innings. He was relieved by lefty Beau Shelby who finished the game on the hill after starting at centerfield. Coffman had a good day at the hitting a run-scoring double. Kelby Gowin also knocked in a run.
The scoring started in the bottom of the second as the hometown Wildcats broke the seal on the game and put two on the board. Brooks reached base after beings struck in the back by a pitch. Hood was inserted as a courtesy runner. Brennan Brock grounded into a fielder's choice. Zach Miller clubbed a single to the outfield plating the first run of the game. Cabo Sanvig went down on strikes, but Miller moved to second. Alex Burney was hit by a pitch to keep things moving along. A wild pitch advanced runners to second and third. Jordan Jackson worked a walk and during his at-bat Miller scored on another pitch in the dirt to make it a 2-0 game. Hill popped out to shortstop and the threat was over with Sulphur Springs leaving two runners on base,
In the top of the third, Rains tried to get a rally going with two runners reaching base. A line drive by Kelby Gowin was snagged out of mid air on a dazzling play by third baseman Jenner Jackson to end the scoring threat.
The visiting Wildcats had a scoring chance in the top of the fourth, but Matt Edwards was thrown out at the dish on a nice relay play to Sanvig at home for the tag.
The defensive play sparked the offense of Sulphur Springs at they erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Miller started the rally with a walk. Sanvig moved the runner to second with a bunt. Burney reached on an error by the catcher as he was unable to handle a low third strike in the dirt, the throw sailed to the outfield and Sulphur Springs was up 3-0. Jordan Jackson and Hill reached base to load the sacks for Jenner Jackson. The slugger got a 1-1 pitch he could handle and he deposited the ball over the outfield fence for a grand slam homer. The senior power hitter was congratulated at home plate for the blast as Sulphur Springs celebrated a 7-0 lead.
Rains tried to comeback with three runs in the top of the fifth to reduce the Sulphur Springs margin to 7-3.
Sulphur Springs answered with six runs in the bottom of the frame to send fans home happy with the 13-3 win. Burney knocked in two with a double down the third base line. Jordan Jackson hammered a home run high over the outfield fence to give the squad a 12-3 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Cole Hill was plated when Hood singled to left field. The game was called — declared a final by the 10-run rule as Sulphur Springs took the 13-3 victory.
Sulphur Springs will host district rival Mount Pleasant Tuesday at 7 p.m. in another key 14-4A contest.
In recent freshman action, Sulphur Springs defeated Marshall 13-3. Tyler Follis got the complete game win. Cole Cooper, Derick Lamb, Kaden Moore and Austin Reyes all knocked in runs.
Freshman coach Bruce Silman said, “We played well in the field and made plays we needed to make. Everyone hit well and put the ball in play in situations. It was a good team effort. Everyone contributed to the win.
The junior varsity Wildcats won their last two outings.
Hunter Coleman pitched a two-hit complete game for Sulphur Springs as the squad won 3-0 over Marshall. JV coach Trent Ledkins said Zach Terry laid down a bunt single which scored two runs.
The JV took a 10-2 victory of North Lamar. Zach Terry and Kade Hudgins pitched. Ryan Ferguson drove in three teammates in the rout.
Tuesday the JV plays in Mount Pleasant at 4:30 p.m. followed by freshmen at 7 p.m.
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