WYLIE — Sulphur Springs pushed across a run in the top of the seventh to break an 8-all tie and secure a 9-8 win over Wylie East.
The Friday night win in bi-district baseball action gives the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
Game 2 is set for noon today at Eagle Stadium in Sulphur Springs. Game 3, if needed will follow.
“The game was an emotional roller coaster. We are just glad to get out with a win, because Wylie East is a very good team,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “We were up 5-0 early and we had to hang on to get the win.”
Sulphur Springs and Wylie East each had 11 hits.
Starting pitcher Jordan Jackson did well at the plate. He was 2 for 3 with four runs batting in, clubbing a double and homer run. Brennan Brock was 3 for 3 with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored. Kason Matthews had two hits, including a double and one RBI. Getting one hit and one RBI each were Willy Ivery, Cabo Sanvig and Larry Pryor. Cole Hill had a triple and scored what turned out to be the winning run.
Jordan Jackson, the lefty starter for the Wildcats, went 5 1/3 innings, throwing 118 pitches. He faced 28 batters, striking out two, allowing seven runs, five earned runs, walking four. Ben Brooks got the pitching win in relief. He hurled the final 1 2/3 innings, facing 10 batters, striking out one, walking three and giving up one earned run on two hits.
The Wildcats came out like they were going to blow the game open with five runs in the top of the first inning.
Wylie East countered with one run in the first and two more in the second to get closer.
Sulphur Springs had an 8-4 lead which almost felt comfortable until the Raiders scored four times in the bottom of the fourth tie the contest.
In the seventh, Hill came up big with a triple. Jenner Jackson was intentionally walked. Kason Matthews reached outside and flicked a blooping base hit over the shortstop to plate the run and make it a 9-8 game.
The Raiders threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but Brooks regrouped to get the final outs to secure the win.
“We had a good game. Jordan pitched well and hit a big home run to get us going,” Hammack said. “Brooks pitched well in relief and got the win.”
Hammack said, “We had good hitting up and down the lineup. Hill, Sanvig and Matthews got big hits for us.”
Hammack added, “We feel good being up 1-0 and coming home to our plate with Jenner on the mound. We want to get after it and take care of our business in the first game. We’d like to win without going to the third game. But we will ready if it happens. We know Wylie East is a good team and they will not go away.”
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