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Mavs beat SS; stay in playoff race

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The only good thing about Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Marshall is that it didn’t knock the Sulphur Springs Wildcats out of the playoff race.

The Mavs ruined Senior Day festivities at Eagle Stadium, but it was a win the visitors needed to stay in the hunt as they snapped a five-game losing streak with the decision over the Wildcats in 13-4A action.

The loss dropped Sulphur Springs to 6-5 in district with one game left. The Wildcats have earned a playoff slot, they just don’t know which position.

After the win Marshall is 5-6 in loop action.

“We just did not play well and Marshall did. Marshall had an edge to them, they really needed the win,” said Sulphur Springs head baseball coach Jerrod Hammack. “I just thought we’d play better since it was at home and Senior Day and all that. We just did not act like we had anything on the line. But we could have moved up to maybe second with the win.”

The coach continued, “I hate to just continue talking about it. But we have five or six mental errors in the game. It’s mistakes a team like ours, going to the playoffs, should not be making this time of year. It was our mistakes that hurt us more than anything Marshall did.”

The scoring for Sulphur Springs was limited to three runs. Colby Suggs blasted a two-run homer and Jace Jackson knocked in Grayson North for the other run.

Mason Rawson started the game on the hill with relief pitching from Kolton Jones.

Rawson pitched seven innings and struck out seven, giving up 10 hits.

Beau Bayliss pitched a complete game and got the win for Marshall, striking out six.

Top hitters for Marshall were Brian Darden with two hits while Matt Shepperd had two RBIs and Tyler O’Bryant drove in one run.

“After Suggs’ homer, we were just down 4-3 heading into the seventh. But we gave two runs in the seventh and took us out of what we had planned,” Hammack said. “We were going to play for a tie at home. Just going to try and get one run across, but that did not work. Give Marshall credit, they took advantage of our errors.”

Hammack said, “I’m proud of the run we had to go from 2-4 to 6-5 and in the playoffs. Many people did not think we would do it. I’m just disappointed by the way we played. We’re not playing like we should with one game left in district and heading into the playoffs. We don’t play until Friday, we need three or four good practices to turn it around and I expect us to do that.”

Sulphur Springs closes out the district at Hallsville with a 6 p.m. Friday game against the second place Bobcats. Texas High downed Hallsville 6-1 to claim first place in the district race.

Hammack said their playoff foe will come from District 14-4A, probably Whitehouse or Henderson depending on playoff positioning and the final slot the Wildcats get in the standings.

“We could be third or fourth, we don’t know,” Hammack said. “Whitehouse and Henderson still have to play each other, so we don’t know how it will come out yet.”

SS JV 8,

Marshall JV 7

MARSHALL — The Sulphur Springs junior varsity rallied in the seventh into to break a 7-all tie, scoring a run to win 8-7 over the Mavericks on the road Saturday.

In the seventh inning, Jared Riley and Seth Maeker had singles to put pressure on the home team.

With runners on second and third following a wild pitch, Kade Wimberly reached on an infield hit and the winning run scored.

Also getting hits were Taz Owsley, Dallin Sant and Lane Anderson.

Sant got the pitching win with a complete game recorded.

 

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