This is a big week for the baseball program at Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats (18-9-1) will face Wylie East (21-3-1) in a best-of-three bi-district series. Sulphur Springs is in the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year.
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. Friday. A third game, if needed will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at Paris Junior College.
The Wildcats earned the third place playoff slot with an 8-3 win Saturday on the road over Mount Pleasant.
Friday night, the Wildcats won all three games held against Marshall. In the home varsity game, the Wildcats rallied in the eighth inning to take a 2-1 win.
In sub-varsity baseball action played in Marshall, Sulphur Springs recorded two wins. It was the final action of the year for the junior varsity and varsity teams.
The junior varsity won 7-2 with Dillon Carpenter going five innings on the mound. Carpenter and Carson Hicks had doubles. C.J. Stephens and Parker Aguilar each went 2 for 3 at the plate.
“We finished the year at 10-6 and we 6-4 in district. We played really well the last two games to finish the season on a positive note,“ said Trent Ledkins, Sulphur Springs JV coach. “We got some quality wins this year against some really good teams. We hit the ball well and the pitching was where it needed to be Friday. I feel like we competed and were in every game we played this season with the exception of a few. I am really proud of the way my guys fought. I am looking forward to what they will be able to do to help the varsity next season and the season to come.”
The Sulphur Springs freshmen closed out the season with a bang, downing Marshall 14-0 behind strong pitching from Tyler Follis. Follis pitched all five innings to record the victory.
Standouts at the plate were - Cole Cooper, Follis, Garrett Jones, Logan Merrell, Austin Reyes and Cody.
“Other players contributing with defensive plays and baserunning are Hunter Stonaker, Spencer Bramlek, Matthew Malone, Derick Lamb, Brandon Foster, Zach Haywood and Daniel Reira,” said Bruce Silman, Sulphur Springs freshman coach. “The team had a great season and I am very proud of their commitment to the program. They ended up with a overall 15-4 record and a district record of 6-2.”
In other playoff news for the district - Hallsville won 13-3 over Pine Tree to determine playoff seedings in a Monday tilt at Driller Park in Kilgore. The teams finished as co-champions in 14-4A, both posting 7-3 record during district play.
The top seeded Bobcats will meet Royse City in the Class 4A bi-district playoffs beginning Thursday. Game 1 is 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Royse City; Game 2 is 1 p.m. in Hallsville; Game 3 if necessary, to follow same location.
Pine Tree, the second seeded team in the district, will face Lucas Lovejoy at a time and location to be determined.
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