HALLSVILLE — The Bobcats bats were booming as they scored early and often taking a 12-8 win over Sulphur Springs Friday.
The District 13-4A baseball game had been delayed since May 1 due to the UIL statewide swine flu outbreak ruling, turned out not to be the biggest news of the day for the Bobcats.
The District 13-4A executive committee ruled Friday that due to using an ineligible player, Hallsville would be kept out of the playoffs, with Longview now taking the fourth place position in the district. Before the ruling Hallsville had a 21-3 mark, 8-3 in district. The committee ruled that Hallsville would have to forfeit every game the player participated in. Hallsville ISD athletic director David Plunk would not identify the player, according to reports of the incident in the Longview News-Journal.
The number of games Hallsville will have to forfeit has not been decided, but it was enough games to reportedly keep the Bobcats out of the playoff hunt.
Hallsville plans to appeal the ruling.
Concerning the Hallsville ruling Sulphur Springs head coach Jerrod Hammack said, “I hate it for their kids. You want the district to be well-represented and Hallsville is a good team.”
The game Friday in Hallsville was played without the player in question.
Colby Suggs pitched for Sulphur Springs and saw Hallsville comeback from an early deficit to regain the lead.
The Wildcats jumped ahead 3-1 off Hallsville ace pitcher Trevor Peterson. SS infielder Tripp Reeves knocked in two runs with single.
Hallsville scored two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Cashe Jones and Jason Jester. Colton Roberts and Christian Stringer each had a home runs to help the Bobcats’ cause. The Bobcats had 13 hits on the night.
Peterson allowed six hits and struck out five in four innings on the hill.
“We hit the ball well, even off Peterson. You’d think after this long layoff the pitchers might have an edge, but both teams hit the ball,” Hammack said.
Hammack said the Sulphur Springs will face a team from District 14-4A, possibly Whitehouse or Henderson, at a time and location to be determined later for bi-district playoff competition.
Hammack said he wanted a best-of-three series, maybe in Tyler or Lindale, possibly Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
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