|Junior Olympian leads Whitehouse over Cats|
|Tyler Clifton | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
March 27, 2004 -- Whitehouse's Josh Wilson is a member of the Junior Olympic baseball team and has a 94-mile-per-hour fastball to boot, but it was his performance at the plate Saturday afternoon that allowed his team to avenge a Feb. 26 loss to Sulphur Springs.
Wilson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs to lead the visiting Wildcats to a 13-6 win over SSHS at Eagle Stadium.
Stephen Middleton had two hits and two RBIs, while Justin Jenkins was 2-for-3 with a double, as WHS turned a 3-1 lead into a rout in the fifth inning.
Errors continue to haunt SSHS (7-7-1), as it followed an eight-error performance Friday night at West Mesquite with four more miscues Saturday. Head coach Rahn Smith said he hopes the team gets it out of its system, and fast.
"We're spotting teams runs early and making it easy for them to score," Smith said. "We continue to walk leadoff batters, and it opens holes for the other hitters, because you have to change your defensive positioning. We're just making it hard on ourselves with the walks and errors."
Sophomore Alex Aguilar made his second start of the season and pitched fairly well for the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He struck out four, walked two and hit two batters but gave up only three runs through four. He allowed five hits after retiring the side in order in the first inning. Josh Riley robbed Jamey Whitley of a hit and flipped to Pogue to double off Middleton at second base.
Wilson drove home Taylor Hanger and Bryan Norris for a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Adam Peugh singled, stole second and scored on Casey McMahan's single to draw within two runs, but SSHS couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
"The good thing about these last couple of games is the fact that this team realizes it's not where it needs to be at this point," Smith said. "Hopefully they'll learn lessons from this and see the things they need to work on in practice before the real season starts Friday in Denison."
Five straight batters reached in the fifth, as Whitehouse sent 11 to the plate. Norris and Logan Tidwell scored on Wilson's triple, and Hanger drove in a run with an RBI ground out.
Peugh tripled and scored on Ryan Allison's double. The teams exchanged runs in the sixth, as Brian Shurtlett saw his first action since the team's last meeting and drove home pinch hitter Kason Scroggins with a sacrifice fly.
"I'm hoping we'll all come around by district, and I'm pretty sure we will," Peugh said. "It's important from a confidence standpoint that we play well Tuesday. We need to do a better job of jumping on teams early and relax. We tend to get tense early on, and I think that's part of the reason why we've been getting behind early in games."
Wilson again doubled home Hanger and Norris to pad the lead in the seventh. Riley walked and scored on a wild pitch, while Riley Tatum doubled and scored on Colston Copeland's RBI single. The game ended on Peugh's liner to third that was snagged by Middleton.
Peugh and Allison each had two hits, while Tatum finished 3-for-4 and has eight hits in his last 13 at-bats dating back to Thursday's game against Palestine. Sulphur Springs outhit Whitehouse 11 to 10.
"I feel really good at the plate right now," Tatum said. "I've shortened my swing a little bit, gotten under control and stopped dropping my back shoulder."