MARSHALL — It was a chance at a win, that slipped away.
After getting a key win earlier in the week over Mount Pleasant to even their record at 2-2 in district, the Wildcats appeared ready to make run a winning streak.
But thoughts of that ended Friday with a 5-3 loss at Marshall to the stubborn Mavs in 13-4A competition.
The Wildcats fell behind early, but seemed ready to rally late. Sulphur Springs loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Marshall relief pitcher Beau Bayliss got two quick outs from an infield fly and an infield chopper to the mound, because Jace Jackson went down on strikes to end the threat and the game.
Starting pitcher Tyler O’Bryant pitched into the six giving up eight hits and striking out three to get the win.
Junior pitcher Colby Suggs threw a complete game - fanning seven, walking one and giving up 10 hits and five runs.
The Mavs scored three runs in the first frame and added one run to take a 4-1 lead into the fourth.
Sulphur Springs responded with Suggs and Jones slapping back-to-back RBI singles to score Ben Barrows and Shane McQueen to make it a 4-3 ball game, cutting the deficit to just one run.
Suggs had a first inning home run and was 3-for-3 on the night at the plate with two RBIs. McQueen and Jones had two hits apiece for the Wildcats.
Sulphur Springs drops to 2-3 in district play.
In sub-varsity action at home, the Wildcat JV and freshmen both lost slugfests against Marshall squads.
Marshall JV 11,
SS JV 8
Sulphur Springs starting pitcher Bryce Jenkins on any other night might have gotten a win.
But Friday night the Wildcats could not slow down the Marshall bats as the visitors took a come-from-behind 11-8 win over Sulphur Springs.
Jenkins started the game and went five innings allowing six runs off four hits, striking out nine and walking seven. When he left the Wildcats were up 8-6.
Then the wheels fell off the wagon.
The Marshall JV greeted relief pitcher Dallin Sant with booming bats scoring several times.
The Wildcats were unable to rally in the bottom of the sixth and lost by the 11-8 final.
Early in the game, Sulphur Springs struck for a quick 3-0 lead. Taz Owsley knocked in a run with a double. Jared Riley plated a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Mavericks took a 4-3 lead, but the Wildcats went back to work.
Tanner Gilbreath singled, then advance to third on two passed balls. Kade Wimberly tied the game with a solid single to centerfield.
The Wildcats edged ahead 5-4 when Massey’s fly ball to the outfield could not be fielded and a run scored. Sulphur Springs tacked on a lone run in the fifth to go ahead 6-4 heading to the fifth.
Marshall exploded for seven late runs to take the 11-8 victory.
Riley, Wimberly and Owsley knocked in runs with hits. Jose Martinez, also added a hit.
Sulphur Springs allowed 11 runs off eight hits and nine walks.
Marshall 9th 15, SS 9th 8
This was another game which started out smoothly for the Sulphur Springs team, only to end in a loss.
Marshall scored once in the first inning.
Chris Ford bottom of the first with a walk. He scored when Blake Barnett followed with a ringing double to center field to make it a 1-0 game. Cody Chester knocked in Barnett with a single to left field. The third run of the first inning scored when Justin Johnson grounded out. The Wildcats were ahead 3-1.
The visitors scored five times in the second inning to go up 6-3.
Sulphur Springs managed a run from a sacrifice fly by Ford in the second inning to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Mavericks scored four times with two outs in the third to pad their lead to 8-4.
Sulphur Springs singled home a run in the third and the Wildcats were trailing by an 8-5 margin.
The Mavericks opened the fourth with with two straight and soon had the bases loaded. Starting pitcher Ford was replaced by Blake Barnett.
The scoring continued as the Mavericks extended their lead to 15-5.
Sulphur Springs scratched back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ford singled to lead off the at-bat. Justin Owens doubled down the left field line to make it a 15-6 game. Blake Chester singled to left field.
Ford was the losing pitcher with Blake Barnett taking over in the fourth inning.
Dusty Abner added an RBI in the bottom of the fifth and the Wildcats lost by the 15-8 final.
Sulphur Springs scored eight times off nine hits. Garrett Faulkner was 2-for-2 with a RBI; Cody Chester was 2-for-3 with an RBI; Abner, Ford, Blake Barnett, Cody Chester, Owens, Blake Chester, Johnson all knocked in runs.
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