Wildcats break even in three-game set
From Staff Reports

March 20, 2004 -- MESQUITE -- Rarely can a team commit seven errors and still have a chance to win, but Sulphur Springs had such an opportunity Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, their eighth error of the game turned what would've been the final out into a 9-8 loss to the Wranglers.

SSHS (7-6-1) suffered its second last-inning setback of the season and finished 1-1-1 in its three-game, two-day road swing. The Wildcats return to action with a 2 p.m. start today against Whitehouse, where sophomore Alex Aguilar is expected to make his second start of the season.

Casey McMahan (0-3) took the tough-luck loss to WMHS in relief after retiring two of the first three batters in the seventh after a leadoff double by Nathan Shattuca. Kyle Marshall drew a walk, stole second and scored the winning run after Michael Bryant's grounder to third was misplayed.

McMahan, Logan Pogue and Josh Riley all drew first-inning walks for SSHS, while Logan Tatum knocked in two with a single and Riley scored on a Ryan Allison hit. Bryant doubled and scored on a wild pitch for the Wranglers to cut the Wildcat lead to 3-1.

Pogue walked again in the third and scored on Riley's RBI double for a four-run advantage, but Marshall and Bryant both singled, advanced on a balk and scored to cut the deficit in half.

Aguilar and Adam Peugh singled in the fourth and scored on a two-run single by Pogue, but WMHS would creep back into the game, as Jonathan Kelsey drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and scored on a Bryant single. Pedro Alba, Bryan Dixon and Shattuca all crossed the plate on errors to tie the game 7-7.

Sulphur Springs senior Sam Smith led off the fifth with a walk, stole second and scored on a wild pitch. SSHS starter Kevin Roberts got into a jam in the bottom of the sixth, walking one and hitting another with an error in between to load the bases. SSHS head coach Rahn Smith brought in McMahan, who struck out the first batter he faced and induced an inning-ending double play to keep the Wildcats in the lead.

Palestine 5, SSHS 5

CORSICANA -- Palestine scored three times in the fourth inning before having to settle for a tie with the Wildcats Thursday afternoon.

SSHS was unable to make four first-inning runs last, as Smith singled and scored on a Peugh double. McMahan reached on a fielder's choice, Pogue singled and scored on Allison's single. Riley Tatum drove home Pogue with a hit, while Allison crossed the plate on Kason Scroggins' single.

The maroon Wildcats went up 5-4 with the breakout fourth inning, before SSHS tied the game in the sixth. Scroggins led off with a walk, advanced to second on Colston Copeland's sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball.

SSHS 12, North Garland 2

CORSICANA -- The Wildcats scored all 12 of their runs in the first three innings in a blowout win over North Garland Friday afternoon.

Pogue, Riley and Tatum were each 3-for-3. Pogue had two doubles, while Peugh and Riley each added one. The Raiders drew within 2-1 on a bases-loaded walk to Von RoseBrock but couldn't get any closer than 6-2 in the second.

Zach Adair (3-0) went the distance with six strikeouts to remain perfect on the season and solidify his case for a starting role in district play.

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