The Sulphur Springs Wildcats jumped back into the district baseball race.
The Wildcats took a 12-6 decision at home Thursday against 13-4A foe Pine Tree.
Junior right-hander Colby Suggs got the complete game win on the hill. He pitched seven innings, allowing nine hits, six runs, walking one and striking out six.
“Colby battled, he’d thrown a lot of pitches but I knew he wanted to complete the game,” Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach said. “Colby ended up throwing 118 pitches, we try to keep them under 100. But he will have an extra day off because of the holiday.”
Losing pitcher for Pine Tree was Austin Oden. Oden won earlier in the year against the Wildcats in Longview.
“We knocked Oden out pretty quickly, Pine Tree ended up using three pitchers in the game. We had a good night hitting the ball,”
Hammack revealed. “We hit the ball square, the best we have in a long time. We hope to build some confidence from a good performance like this. It was our most consistent hitting of the year, up and down the lineup.”
Jace Jackson belted a double and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs; Mason Rawson had two doubles, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs; Kolton Jones had a double and three walks; Jake Dougan was 2-for-2 with a single and a solo homer with two RBIs; Shane McQueen drove in a run with one hit; Ben Barrows also had a hit for the Wildcats.
Sulphur Springs started the game with impressive scoring, bolting to a 6-1 lead to set a tone in the game.
Then, before you knew it, the Pirates came back with a rally stringing together a big inning to tie the game at 6-all.
“Pine Tree could have scored more but they had two people thrown out at the plate trying to score,” Hammack said.
The Wildcats rebounded in the middle innings and went on to win after they regained the lead.
Sulphur Springs got three runs in the fifth and added three more in the sixth to put the game on ice.
The Wildcats won 12-6 to give them a 3-4 win in district. Pine Tree fell to 2-5.
“This was a big win, a must game we had to have,” Hammack said. “I hate to think what we would have done to get back in the race if we’d let Pine Tree sweep us.”
Hammack said not only the win, but the way the Wildcats played encouraged the coach for the remainder of the season.
“We had double digits in hits. It was a very good game hitting the ball for us. We got some key contributions, guys like Jake Dougan. Dougan is a strong hitter, he had a homer and we have to have his bat in the lineup,” Hammack said. “We were consistent at the plate. It made a big difference. If we keep doing that we will be all right for the rest of the year.”
Pine Tree JV 3,
SS JV 1
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity played Thursday in Longview coming up on the short end of a 3-1 score.
Bryce Jenkins was the starter and losing pitcher allowing all three runs 2 1/3 innings, walking five. He was relieved by Jose Martinez on the mound. Martinez did not allow a run.
The lone run for Sulphur Springs came in the first inning. Lane Anderson slapped a standup triple to centerfield. Dallin Sant knocked in Anderson with a ground out to the shortstop.
Also getting hits for the JV were: Taz Owsley with a double and Tanner Stonaker added a single.
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