Wildcats lose game due to weather
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 6, 2005 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats experienced a little bit of everything in a 9-8 loss to the Texas High Tigers Tuesday night.

A rain delay, lightning delay and finally a weather cancellation turned what looked to be Sulphur Springs' third district win into their second 12-4A loss.

Sulphur Springs (11-7-1 overall, 2-2 in district) held an 11-10 lead in the top of the seventh inning when the lightning delay happened, and the game was called after the sixth based on a University Interscholastic League rule that states the final score reverts back to the last completed inning of play due to a weather cancellation.

The Wildcats will prepare for three straight home games starting Friday night against the North Lamar Panthers. First pitch at Eagle Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.

SSHS opened up the game with three straight doubles from Colby Mills, Josh Riley and Casey McMahan to take a 3-0 lead as Riley knocked in Mills, and then teammates Kason Scroggins and Tyler Rhoades hit back-to-back RBI sacrifice flies to drive in Riley and McMahan.

Texas High found a way to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second inning when Jared Washington hit an RBI sacrifice fly as Chris Castle came in to score from second for a 3-1 deficit.

The Tigers tooka 4-3 lead off of Wildcat starter Alex Aguilar in the bottom of the fourth as E.J. Rhone opened up with a triple and then two batters later Washington drove in his second run of the game.

In the sixth inning, SSHS put together another two-out rally to take an 8-6 lead, highlighted by Mills' grand-slam home run after Blake Wells was hit by a pitch that drove in Chance Massey, who was the courtesy runner for Scott Stewart.

But the Wildcats could not hold the lead during the bottom of the sixth.

The Tigers scored three runs to take a 9-8 lead as Tyler Richards, Justin Coats and Rhone all came in to round out the scoring before the game was called.

Mills led the way for the Wildcats going 2-for-4 with four RBI, two runs scored, a double and a home run, while classmate Riley went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.

Aguilar picked up the loss, giving up four hits, two walks and four runs while striking out five.

Rhone went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI, two doubles and a triple, while Coats went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Washington was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Tigers.

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