TEXARKANA — Timely hitting and stellar starting pitching helped Sulphur Springs pull off a sweep of Texas High.
The Wildcats won 13-2 Friday on the road and for the second time in District 14-4A action, downed the Tigers by the 10-run rule.
“You usually don’t beat teams like Texas High twice in one year, much less 10-run rule them. We now have a sweep of them in district. We are playing well,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “This was a huge win for us. With Hallsville losing to Pine Tree, we are right in the hunt.”
The Wildcats with the win advanced to 4-3 in district, 15-8-1 overall. Texas High fell to 2-5, 14-10.
The game was a battle of left-handed starting pitchers with Jordan Jackson definitely winning the duel against Ryan Fant.
Jackson pitched a complete game, throwing 79 pitches in five frames. He allowed two runs, one earned run, walked two, struck out four and scattered five hits.
“Jordan pitched well. For once we got him some runs and he could get the win,” Hammack said. “In several games this year he has pitched well and we failed to score more. This was different, he was on and we were scoring. Everything went our way in this game. It’s nice to get a district road win.”
Hammack said, “We were patient at the plate. I don’t think Fant made it out of the second inning.”
The Wildcats drew 12 walks in game and ripped seven hits. The seven hits came from seven different batters.
Cole Hill hit a three-run homer for the Wildcats. Jordan Jackson had a double, three runs batted in and scored twice. Jenner Jackson also doubled, he drove in two runs. Cabo Sanvig, Larry Pryor and Kason Matthews had one hit each. Alex Burney continued to perform well in the leadoff slot, walking three times and driving in a run with a sacrifice fly.
“Cole, Jenner and Jordan had extra base hits. That helped us have some big innings. We got four runs in the first and five more in the third and took control,” Hammack said. “Burney did a good job at leadoff.”
Hammack said, “We’ve played well in three games in a row. We are pitching well, getting good defense.”
The Wildcats return home for a Tuesday game against Hallsville at 7 p.m.
“We are confident we will play well at home,” Hammack said. “We know we need to keep playing like we have been playing so we can get some momentum heading into the end of the year. The win at Texas High was a step closer to that. We are in good shape with three games left.”
The Sulphur Springs freshmen fell 4-0 to Texas High as they were shutdown by standout pitching.
Tiger right-hander J.T. Morgan had a perfect game into the seventh and had to settle for one-hit shutout as Texas High won 4-0.
The lone hit of the night for the Wildcats came in the bottom of the seventh when Cole Cooper hit a soft liner to right field which fell in between fielders for a base hit. Morgan also surrendered his only walk of the game, a free pass to Cain Cody later in the seventh, but held on seal the shutout. Morgan for the game had 13 strikeouts and retired the 18 Wildcats in order.
Tyler Follis was the losing pitcher for Sulphur Springs despite a good effort. He faced 28 batters, striking out seven, hitting one batter and giving up four runs off five hits. Two fielding errors helped the cause of the Tigers during a three-run fourth inning.
Texas High took the lead 1-0 in the first inning. Neither team scored until the fourth. The visitors scored three times off a double, triple and a single.
The rest of the game was a pitcher’s duel with Texas High and Sulphur Springs scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Texas High got the one-hit shutout and won by the 4-0 final.
In the junior varsity game, Sulphur Springs lost 9-5 to the Tigers.
The Wildcats had several fielding miscues, which led to runs by Texas High.
Hunter Coleman was the losing pitcher for Sulphur Springs. He pitched five full innings, giving up six runs, striking out two, surrendering six hits and walking one. Kade Hudgins finished the game on the hill.
Zach Terry had two singles and drove in a run; Dillon Carpenter also had two hits and plated a run; Parker Aguilar, Carson Hicks and Landon Brock each had run-scoring singles.
Texas High took an early 1-0 lead offs two hits. Starting pitcher Braden Herman knocked in the run with the first of his three hits in the game.
The Tigers struck for a five spot in the top of the fourth. They strung together two singles to start the rally, two field errors and walk allowed the squad to go ahead 4-0. Herman tripled home two more runs and the Wildcats were behind 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Sulphur Springs got on the scoreboard. Ryan Ferguson led off with a walk. Hicks doubled the catcher home to make it a 6-1 game. Aguilar singled to center field to make it a 6-2 game.
Texas High padded their lead with three in the sixth as the Tigers went ahead 9-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Landon Brock drew a walk. Carpenter reached on a single and the home team had runners on first and second. Moments later a double steal by the Wildcats advanced both runners to scoring position. Brock scored on a wild pitch to make a 9-3. The next two batters went down on strikes.
The Wildcats had a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Hunter Elliott and Sam Hammons drew walks. Terry singled and with the bases loaded Brock ripped a single to plate a run. Carpenter also knocked in a run to make the score 9-5. The rally and the game ended with Ferguson being retired on a pop fly.
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