|Wildcat baseball waits through second delay of the week in win over North Lamar|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 9, 2005 - After sitting through a weather delay, lightning delay, and cancellation Tuesday night at Texas High, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats sat through another delay against the North Lamar Panthers to wrap up the first half of district play.
With no umpires for the start of the game, both teams had to wait for a crew from Commerce to make the trip and then Sulphur Springs pulled out a 6-3 win at Eagle Stadium Friday night to end the first half of district at 11-7-1 overall and 3-2 in district 12-4A play.
"It is real important to get this win because they were the district favorite coming in and I knew they were going to be a real good team," SSHS coach Rahn Smith said. "It was good for us to bounce back mentally and especially when you come into a situation like this where you have to wait an hour and a half for the umpires to get here."
SSHS begins the second half of district play Tuesday night at Eagle Stadium against the Paris Wildcats, who defeated Sulphur Springs 8-4 in Paris earlier this season. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Junior Zach Adair pitched a flawless game for the Wildcats during the first five innings of play giving up only two hits and walking four batters.
"Zach (Adair) pitched a great game for us tonight and I was worried about him because he had warmed up for a 7 p.m. start and then we didn't play until 8:30 so I really didn't know how many innings I would get out of him," the coach said.
Adair picked up the win on the mound going six innings giving up five hits, four walks, six strikeouts, and two runs as teammates Jake Broumley and Blake Wells relieved Adair in the seventh inning.
In the first inning, the Wildcats jumped out early on North Lamar starter Casey Smith scoring three runs as Colby Mills, Casey McMahan, and Tyler Rhoades crossed the plate for a 3-0 lead.
Mills scored the Wildcats first run on a wild pitch by Smith, McMahan scored on a throwing error by Aaron Bell, and then Kason Scroggins drove in Rhoades with an RBI-double.
"We jumped out on them early and I think that was big for us because Smith is one of the best pitchers in the district and to jump out on him and to get some confidence swinging the bats was big for us," Smith said.
The Wildcats scored two more runs in the bottom of the second inning as Blake Wells scored on a double throwing error by North Lamar when Mills got to first on the error by Josh Vanderburg sending Rhoades to second.
Rhoades then scored on an error the first baseman for a 4-0 lead, and then on the Wildcats next at bat, Josh Riley got the RBI-sacrifice fly to score Mills from third.
The Wildcats rounded out their scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning when Riley smacked an RBI-double off Smith to scored Wells for a 6-0 lead, but North Lamar was not finished scoring three runs in the final two innings.
In the sixth inning, Vanderburg scored from third on a passed ball, and Corey Davis drove in Landon Davidson to cut the lead to 6-2 and then in the seventh inning, Smith scored after Garrett Kennedy got on first on an error for the 6-3 finale.
Mills went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Wildcats, while classmate McMahan went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Riley went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
North Lamar was led by Davidson, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Vanderburg went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
After the first half of district play, Smith said he believes the team would have wanted a better record than they have right now but he is still pleased with their performance this year.
"We would love to have a better record than we do right now but we just have to go with what we got," the coach said. "Coming out of this first half of district with three road games and I think the three toughest road games that we play, coming out 3-2 is great but not good enough."