TYLER — After going 3-0 in the first three games of the Tyler Rose City baseball classic.
Nobody thought the Sulphur Springs Wildcats would end the event with a thud.
But they did.
After posting wins over Kilgore, Jacksonville and Nacogdoches, Sulphur Springs was 10-run ruled Saturday 11-1 by Whitehouse.
The game was more of a series of mistakes by Sulphur Springs than dominance by the maroon 'Cats of Whitehouse.
Sulphur Springs fell behind 5-0 after two innings, then it really got rough. A series of mistakes ranging for passed balls, misplayed fly balls and fielding errors allowed the Whitehouse team to continue innings and put up runs with extra outs, all provided by Sulphur Springs.
"To lose like this... getting 10-run ruled is down right embarrassing," said Sulphur Springs head coach Jerrod Hammack. "I know physical errors will happen and we accept them. But we made mentals errors, a lot of them at least 10. This is not acceptable. We have some JV players who may still think they are down on the JV, this is not how we play ball on the varsity.This is not what Sulphur Springs baseball is all about, we are much better than this."
Whitehouse struck for two more runs in the third inning and ending the game with a four-run fifth. The Wildcats even scored twice off a passed ball with the bases loaded as the Sulphur Springs defense failed to react to the situation.
The only run for Sulphur Springs came in the top of the third as Tyler made an error to allow an unearned run.
Whitehouse had 10 hits in the game, compared to five for Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats started the tournament off Thursday with a 7-1 win over Kilgore and Friday took back-to-back one-run wins of Jacksonville and Nacogdoches.
"We did play well on Thursday with our ace pitcher (Colby Suggs) on the hill. Kilgore is a good team, I think they will win this district (14-4A) and we them up and down,"
Hammack said. "But we have got to learn to play well in games where we don't have good pitching. We did overcome some adversity in the game with Jacksonville, that was a good sign. We finished them off, I am not real pleased overall."
The coach said, "We're 3-1 and that sounds good. We had one loss and that's not devastating, we're winning. But we need to stay in the flow of the game. It's frustrating, we will do better than that. We will take care of it. We will put the nine on the field who can do it. That's what these tournaments are for - to find out who can help us. We need to know who we can count of when the district season starts. Our strategy is different now than in district."
Hammack said he purposely had been going longer with pitchers just to see how they respond to game situations.
Against Whitehouse, Bryce Jenkins lost in a complete game giving up 10 hits, 11 runs, including a home run.
"Suggs had five innings of one-hit baseball against Kilgore," Hammack said. "He struck out nine and Mason Rawson finished that game. Kolton Jones started against Jacksonville and Daniel Rosales came in and game up some runs. Rawson came in and got one out and got the win. We started Jake Dougan and threw Mason Morton against Nacogdoches. I wanted to uses Josh Anderson today, I had no idea we'd get 10-runned. We will have to get him work in the next tournament."
The Wildcats will play next in the Mesquite tournament beginning Thursday.Sulphur Springs plays in a pool with Mesquite, Garland and Royse City.
"We’ve got to step it up, we have some good players, but they don't know what varsity baseball is all about," Hammack said. "We have to play better if we are going be as good and I think we can be. We have some things to work in the tournament, that's for sure."
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