It was a tough time to meet a stellar pitcher.
Spring Hill’s Brandon Nance struck out eight and threw six innings of shutout innings as the squad downed Sulphur Springs 7-0 in Saturday baseball action.
The game was the first competition for Sulphur Springs in the Dixie North Texas State 14U tournament which underway at Coleman Park through Thursday.
Nance threw more than 90 pitches in six innings. He was relieved by Kendon Womack who hurled the final inning in the Spring Hill win.
Matt Williams provided all the offense the visiting team would need as he belted a three-run home run. Spring Hill had six total hits.
Southpaw Jordan Jackson started the game for Sulphur Springs on the hill. He pitched three innings allowing one unearned run, walking two striking out three. Cole Hill pitched the middle innings on the humid night allowing six runs before he was relieved by Conner Cooper.
Both teams went quietly in the first inning, but the action got red-hot in the second frame.
Jordan Jackson reached on a walk. Hill and Cabo San Vig singled to the outfield. Having the bases loaded with nobody out was a wake-up call for Nance he responded. Nance retired Collin Williams, Rowdy Sachs and Tanner Potts with strikeouts to end the Sulphur Springs threat.
Spring Hill pushed across an unearned run in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.
The visitors scored three more runs in the fourth. Womack doubled down the left field line. Nathan Methvin knocked in a run with an infield grounder. Martin also plated a run with solid single to left field. The fourth run came home on a steal play which put Spring Hill up 4-0.
Nance was in a groove retiring Sulphur Springs quietly in the fifth, recording two more strikeouts.
In the bottom of the fifth, Nic McKee walked Noah Reagh singled ahead of Williams. His blast into the trees behind the left field fence gave Spring Hill a 7-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs could not rally late and lost the opener in the tournament. The game was played in two hours and 11 minutes.
The home team was idle Sunday.
Spring Hill won 14-1 in a rout over Fannin County. Martin pitched a three-hitter, fanning eight. Womack and McKee each homered while Methvin was two for two with four RBIs.
Playing continues in the tournament today with the following games scheduled:
3 p.m.- Paris vs. Hughes Springs
5:30 p.m.- Sulphur Springs vs. Princeton
8 p.m.- Spring Hill vs. Longview.
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