Just one win and the tone was set.
Despite the sizzling sun and sweltering heat, the Sulphur Springs All-Stars took an 8-5 over with the Paris National in District 5A action.
The fans, gathered in the shade on bleachers and in lawn chairs, got to see an exciting game Friday as the Dixie League U12 tournament began at Coleman Park.
Sulphur Springs took a quick 4-0 lead, later gave up five runs in an inning, but held off the rivals from Paris to take the win and advance in the event.
In the top of the first inning Sulphur Springs was unstoppable. Starting pitcher Silas Whaley sat Paris down in order with three strikeouts in a very efficient inning.
The bottom of the first was when the fireworks went off for the SS All-Stars. They sent nine people to the plate taking advantage of four walks and a balk coupled with a single and aggressive base running to build a 4-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs tacked on a run in the second to take a 5-0 advantage.
Paris threatened in the top of the third, getting the bases loaded but pitcher Mason Maeker worked out of the jam without surrendering a run.
In the bottom of the third Sulphur Springs pushed across another run when Dakota Emerson singled and stole second base. Chase Harry knocked him home to give the squad a 6-0 lead.
The visitors from Paris found their stroke in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs. The key blast a two-run homer off the bat of Dakota Helm. The Sulphur Springs lead was reduced to a slim 6-5 margin heading into the final stages of the game.
Helm took over pitching duties for Paris as action shifted to the bottom of the fifth inning. Whaley led off the Sulphur Springs at-bat with a homer over the left centerfield fence which brought the team and the crowd to its feet.
Whaley quickly circled the bases and was mobbed by teammates at home plate with the score now a more comfortable 7-5.
Sulphur Springs would add another run and held on to win the opening game of the event by an 8-5 final.
Other teams taking part in the event are Fannin American, Franklin County, Broken Bow, Okla. and Paris American.
Sulphur Springs will also host a Dixie AA 8U state tournament starting July 4 and the Dixie Boys 14 U event beginning on July 11.
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