|Henderson proves its No. 1 ranking|
|From Staff Reports|
March 27, 2004 -- Henderson is one year removed from its regional final appearance in which it lost to eventual state champion Hewitt-Midway.
The Lions graduate quite a bit of seniors off of this year's team, and they realize it's probably now or never as far as bringing home a state championship. They proved Tuesday night why they've been ranked at or near No. 1 the entire season.
HHS has the arms to go a long way in the playoffs, as their No. 2 starter is a junior olympian. Staff ace Brian Sisk retired 18 of 21 Sulphur Springs hitters via the strikeout on his way to a one-hitter, and the Lions put up a four-spot in the first inning on their way to a 6-0 victory at Eagle Stadium.
Casey McMahan broke up a no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning. That along with an error and a walk to Josh Riley were the only things preventing Sisk from firing a perfect game.
HHS used a single, two errors, a walk and a double to plate its first four batters in the first inning off starter Zach Adair (3-1), who suffered his first loss of the season.
Ben Whillock showed flashes of improvement with his control, walking only one batter and striking out two in two innings of work. Sophomore Alex Aguilar looked impressive, retiring six of the seven batters he faced in the fourth and fifth innings.
Sisk struck out at least two in every inning, including striking out the side in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh. The Lions added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Clay Baker and another in the seventh on an RBI hit by Matt Trevino.
The Wildcats (7-8-1) look to regroup, as they begin a tough two-game road trip Friday night at Denison to begin District 11-4A play against the Yellow Jackets.
Tyler Lee JV 8, Sulphur Springs 4
TYLER -- The Red Raiders scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and three more in the fifth on their way to a win against SSHS Monday.
The Wildcats pulled to within 5-4 in the fifth, as Jayden Spencer doubled home Jake Brumley and Blake Wells, who both reached with singles, but TLHS pulled away in the bottom half.
SSHS took an early 2-0 lead in the second, as Torey Matthies and Kyle Taylor both scored on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt. The Wildcats outhit the Red Raiders nine to four. Spencer and Wells both finished with three hits, two of Spencer's shots being doubles.