|Adair throws two-hitter in win over Mount Pleasant|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 23, 2005 - With three games remaining in the regular season for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, Friday night was a big game for starter Zach Adair.
Adair picked up the win on the mound going six innings of two-hit baseball with five strikeouts and one unearned run in a 6-1 win over the Mount Pleasant Tigers at Eagle Stadium.
"Zach's performance is what we expect from him coming into a game, SSHS coach Rahn Smith said. "He is going to give us a good shot to win every game, and we knew that if we could score five or six runs we would be in good shape."
The Wildcats are now 14-7-1 overall, and 5-2 in District 12-4A and now have a week off before playing the Greenville Lions Friday night in Greenville. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
"You hate to see a gap in this point of the season that we have right now because we are playing well," the coach said. "We are going to have to overcome that and then we have to play in Greenville, who is still in the hunt and it is tough to beat Greenville at Greenville."
Senior Kason Scroggins opened up the scoring for the Wildcats with a RBI double in the first inning scoring Colby Mills from second for an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, junior Casey McMahan drove in Josh Riley with a single, then Scroggins recorded his second RBI of the night with another double, driving in McMahan from third. Scroggins then came into score on a passed ball by Mount Pleasant catcher Derrick Hosmer for the 4-0 lead.
During the first three innings, Adair threw a total of 12 pitches and had a no-hitter going until Brad Payne smacked a double but was stranded at third.
In the top of the fifth inning, Mount Pleasant's Robert Nixon hit a bloop single over the head of Adair, but when Riley made the relay throw to Scroggins, he pulled Scroggins off the bag for Tigers' second base hit of the game.
Nixon then went to second on a passed ball, went to third on a wild pitch, and came into score on a passed ball for the 4-1 deficit.
"When Zach is throwing as well as he did, I think the defense starts to relax and we need to be focused on every pitch and go pitch-to-pitch. I was proud of the way that we played tonight," Smith said. "We played pretty good defense behind him tonight, and I wasn't that happy with the way that we adjusted to their slower pitcher tonight."
In the bottom of the sixth inning, SSHS junior Jake Broumley put down a drag bunt with two on and no outs and Mount Pleasant third baseman Cory Amerson threw wide to Web Fields scoring Tyler Rhoades and Brian Shurtleff for the 6-1 final.
"We were able to play small ball and Jake Broumley had a great drag bunt and we were able to score some runs off of that," the coach said. "This was a good game for us and one that we really needed to see at this point in the season."
Scroggins led the way for the Wildcats going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, McMahan went 1-for-2 with a run scored, and Scott Stewart was 1-for-3.
Mount Pleasant (9-13 overall, 1-6 in district play) was led by Payne at the plate going 1-for-2 with a double, and Nixon went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
"We need to just focus on our goal and realize that we accomplish our goals during practice as well as on the field," Smith said. "We need to get better on some things and just prepare for Greenville this week."