To say that tonight’s Wildcat and Lady Cat games against Pine Tree are big would be an understatement.
The Wildcats (16-8-1, 5-3) take on the Pirates (18-10, 6-2) in a 7 p.m. Friday game in Longview which could decide the district title. With two games left in the season, Sulphur Springs is right where head coach Jerrod Hammack had hoped they’d be, in the hunt for the championship.
Hammack’s answer was short and succinct when asked if his team had a chance at the title. “Absolutely.” The coach responded.
“We had a great practice on Wednesday so I believe we know what is at stake and what we have to do to be ready to play. We control our destiny and that is a good feeling. Jordan Jackson (3-4) will start on the mound against Pine Tree,” Hammack said.
The Wildcats are coming off an emotional 5-4 home win over Hallsville. The win was the sixth in a row at home.
Sulphur Springs has won four consecutive district games and appear to be rounding into playoff form. The squad has made the playoffs nine consecutive years, the last eight seasons under Hammack.
The Wildcats have outscored district opponents 39-28 and are averaging 4.8 runs a game.
Sulphur Springs is hitting .301 as a team. Wildcat pitchers have a 2.53 team earned run average.
Pine Tree is coming off a 5-1 home win over Marshall on Tuesday, which allowed them to clinch a playoff berth.
The Pirates got key singles from Bradley Clayton and Jake Oden to break open a 1-all game against the Mavericks. Reliever Chris Chadwick closed out the game throwing three scoreless inning after replacing startinger John Cravey.
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity plays at 4:30 p.m. in Pine Tree. The Pirates don't field a freshmen team.
The Lady Cats (18-12, 5-4) will be playing their final home game of the regular season. The Lady Pirates are 10-17 on the year, winless at 0-9 in district play. Sulphur Springs won in Longview in the first meeting, 16-0.
Senior Night activities are slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. prior to the game.
Seniors playing their last final home game include - Toni Cody, Meagan McCullough, Hailey Dixon, Maci McGlamery, Kaylee Anderson and Kelsie Adams.
“These seniors have been very important in upholding the tradition of Lady Cat softball here at Sulphur Springs High School,” said David Carrillo, Lady Cats head softball coach. “They have all played a role one way or another. I am very thankful for having an opportunity of being a part of their lives. They are a great group of girls and I have no doubt that the future will be bright for all of them.”
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