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Teams Split State Tourney Tilts

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Good times, bad times.

Two Sulphur Springs teams were in 8U state playoffs Tuesday at Coleman Park with drastically different results.

The Sulphur Springs Central team took a 14-8 win over Splendora and advance in state Dixie League competition.

Sulphur Springs Central will meet Idabel, Okla. at 6 p.m. today.

The Sulphur Springs National team did not have such a good night. The squad lost 14-10 against a spirited Jefferson team.

Sulphur Springs Central 14,

Splendora 8

The game started as a one-sided battle, but came down to some key defensive plays.

Halfway through the game, the Sulphur Springs team took an 8-4 lead which appeared safe.

The SS Central team tacked on two more runs coming off RBI hits by Jamal Hopson-Cox and Bryce McQueen. Kaden Argenbright and Payton Hammons also singled during the rally as they went up 10-4.

Splendora was splendid at the dish, cutting the lead to 10-8.

The Sulphur Springs team flashed some leather when it was getting to be a tight game. A double play held Splendora at bay and crushed a possible uprising.

The Sulphur Springs Central team got RBI singles from Pacen Edwards and Austin Dodd. The team hung on to take a 14-8 victory.

Jefferson 14,

Sulphur Springs National 10

The season ended with a 14-10 playoff loss by the Sulphur Springs National team.

Sulphur Springs jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning. Khristian Goree knocked in a run and another run scored off a Jefferson error.

Jefferson scored seven times in the next two innings, going ahead 7-2.

The Sulphur Springs squad had a four-run fourth inning with a rally to cut the Jefferson lead to 7-6. Key hits came by Keaston Willis, Goree, Kole Johnson, Damiyon Dugan and David Helfferich.

Jefferson went right back to work at the plate and a homer highlighted a rally that saw them extend their margin to 12-6.

Sulphur Springs came back for three more runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 12-9 game. Grayson McClure doubled, Helfferich  had an infield hit while Willis,  Goree and Johnson all singled during the rally.

Jefferson again padded their lead and went up 14-9 heading into the final inning.

In the top of the sixth, Sulphur Springs scratched across one run, but could not tie or win the game. The squad lost 14-10, getting eliminated from the field. The defeat was their second loss of the state tournament.




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