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Wildcats fall 8-7 in extra innings

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Texarkana rallied for a run in the top of the eighth inning to take an 8-7 win over Sulphur Springs in Tuesday night tournament play.

The loss at Coleman Park in the North Texas State Dixie 14U tournament, eliminated Sulphur Springs from competition.

Texarkana advances to play Spring Hill today at 5:30 p.m. followed by Longview against Hughes Springs in another semifinal battle.

Hughes Springs beat Fannin County 10-9 to advance. The tournament concludes Thursday.

Texarkana had lost the night before 17-5 against Longview.

The Tuesday night game for Sulphur Springs was a study in relentless effort as both team played under a broiling sun and near triple digit temperatures.

Twice Sulphur Springs came back to draw even with Texarkana.

The visitors had to be seeing double as twins Jenner and Jordan Jackson continued to hit well for Sulphur Springs. Hitting leadoff Jordan Jackson was four for five with two RB1s and Jenner Jackson belted two home runs.

Canyon Gibby, Cabo San Vig and Rowdy Sachs also had two hits each and Connor Cooper added a double for Sulphur Springs as they pounded out 13 hits.

Texarkana scored eight times off nine hits, getting six walks while striking out 10 times.

In the late innings Texarkana was trying to preserve their 7-5 lead. Sulphur Springs rallied for a lone run to make it closer. They got the sixth run when Rowdy Sachs doubled, then moved to second on an infield grounded and scored on a ground out by Jordan Jackson.

Action moved to the bottom of the seventh with Texarkana holding a slim 7-6 lead. Gibby fouled out to the first baseman with the fielder, Joseph Cunningham, make a leaping catch. Jenner Jackson hit a high, towering fly ball to right field which cleared the fence and went into the trees to ignite the local fans and tie the game at 7-all.

Texarkana would not take long to regain the lead. Casar Cordley reached hit and infield chopper and reached second on an error. Hunter Hatfield doubled home the run as the squad went up 8-7.

Sulphur Springs had a last shot to tie the game with Brandon Bryant singling with two outs in the eighth. The Wildcats were unable to push the run home and lost by the 8-7 final.

In the early going, Texarkana had a 3-0 scoring off starting pitcher Jenner Jackson.

The Sulphur Springs team cut the lead to 3-2. Texarkana went up 6-2 with three runs in the third inning. Sulphur Springs rallied late to second the game into extra innings with the game tied at 7-all. The Wildcats lose the heart-breaker by the final of 8-7, ending their season.




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