Even after Sulphur Springs won a thrilling, extra innings home game late Friday over Marshall 2-1, it still took another game to decide the District 14-4A playoff placements.
Mount Pleasant forced the game downing Pine Tree 5-4 in 13 innings on the final night of the regular season.
The Wildcats defeated the Tigers 8-3 on the road Saturday to earn third place in the district. Mount Pleasant fell to fourth with the loss.
Sulphur Springs (18-9-1) will play Wylie East (21-3-1) in a best-of-three bi-district series. Sulphur Springs plays at Wylie East, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Game 1. Game 2 is at Eagle Stadium with Sulphur Springs hosting Wylie East at 7:30 p.m. A third game, if needed will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at a location to be decided.
The Wildcats earned the third place slot with the clutch win Saturday afternoon in Mount Pleasant after the teams finished tied in the standings.
Jordan Jackson got the pitching win in the contest which was not decided until late. The senior lefty went five innings, allowing four runs, three earned runs off four hits, facing 23 batters. He struck out four and walked none. Ben Brooks pitched the final two frames, facing seven batters, striking out four and allowing no runs, off one hit.
Jordan Jackson was a force at the plate, hammering four of the team’s 14 hits. He was 4 for 4 with a triple and one run batted in. Cole Hill was 3 for 4 with two runs plated. Kason Matthews also knocked in two with two hits. Alex Burney was 2 for 4 including a double; Jenner Jackson was 1 for 4, knocking in a run. Cabo Sanvig and Brennan Brock ripped singles.
The Wildcats took an early 2-1 lead and stayed ahead through the middle innings. Sulphur Springs allowed two runs to Mount Pleasant in the fifth. The Wildcats rallied to score twice in the sixth and four runs in the seventh inning to claim the 8-3 win.
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