Maybe that one key word gets overlooked when coaches are going compiling scouting reports on foes.
Sulphur Springs took a hard road to the playoffs. A late surge, thanks to the home field, propelled the squad into postseason.
The Wildcats had to win district games on back-to-back dates and still managed to make the playoffs claiming third place in 14-4A action.
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 Paris Junior College.
The Wildcats enter the playoffs hitting .298 as a team. Top average on the team belongs to pitcher/outfielder Jordan Jackson. He it hitting .463 for the year with 29 hits, including seven doubles, four triples and one home run with 27 runs batted in.
Jenner Jackson leads the team with 33 RBIs and eight doubles, three homers, posting a .367 average. Cole Hill is third on the team in hitting with a .341 average. He has 18 RBIs, 28 hits including five doubles and three homers. Kason Matthews at first base has a .310 average with 14 runs batted in. Leadoff hitter Alex Burney is hitting .306 with 14 RBIs with five doubles.
The Wildcats have a 2.39 team earned run average. Jenner Jackson has an 8-1 record with a 1.74 earned run average. Lefty Jordan Jackson is 4-5 with a 2.14 earned run mark. Ben Brooks is 4-1 with two saves in 38.1 innings.
“We won because we hung in there and competed until we were able to break it open in the sixth and seventh innings. We finally got some big hits with men in scoring position. We had a lot of base runners early in the game but we could not get the big hit to score them,” Hammack said.
Hammack said, “We play Wylie East in the first round and they are a formidable foe. We will need to minimize mistakes and take advantage of theirs to have success. We will also have to be more consistent from pitch to pitch, inning to inning, and game to game.”
Wylie East is has a potent line-up as well with Jesse Brubaker leading the way with a .468 with 34 RBIs and three homers. Garrett McCain is hitting .407 with 24 runs plated. Bryan Barnes leads the team with 10 doubles, he has a .340 average with 18 runs knocked in. Julian Stephens at .329 and Mason Knapp at .327 are also top hitters. Todd Richards leads the team with 12 stolen bases.
The Raiders pitching staff is paced by Barnes with a 9-1 record, striking out 84 batters in 66.7 innings. Tyler Hughey is 7-0 and Garrett McCain has a 6-1 mark with a 1.19 earned run average.
Wylie East took a 3-2 win over McKinney North for their lone loss.
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