|Wildcats play rare non-district game against Bullard|
|From Staff Reports|
April 18, 2005 - BULLARD - With the state-wide TAKS test being taken Tuesday-Friday, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats played a rare non-district game against the Bullard Panthers on Saturday afternoon and picked up a 5-4 win.
"We ended up playing all right but we didn't do as well as I expected," SSHS coach Rahn Smith said. "It was a change in routine to play an afternoon game after coming off a district game the night before and I thought we needed to pick up our intensity during the game, but we did what it takes to win."
Sulphur Springs is now 15-7-1 overall and is riding a four-game win streak with three games remaining in the regular season.
District 12-4A play will resume Friday night at Greenville (13-7 overall, 3-4 in district) as the Wildcats are now tied with Paris for first place in district at 5-2.
"We are playing real well as a team and everybody is learning what their role is on the team and is accepting that right now," the coach said. "We are going to take it one game at a time and Friday night is going to be a big game for us and if we can win that game I think we have a good shot of getting in the playoffs."
In the bottom half of the first inning on Saturday, Bullard's Brody Green nailed a three-run home run off Wildcat starter Jake Broumley for a 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats would battle back in the top half of the third inning off Bullard reliever Travis Eudey, who gave up four runs in the inning.
Broumley started the action with an RBI single, driving in Bailey Potts from third, then Kason Scroggins drove in Broumley, and Casey McMahan and Scroggins both scored on a fielding error by the first baseman to give SSHS a 4-3 lead.
Chance Moore tied the game at 4-4 on an RBI single off Broumley in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
Sulphur Springs' game-winning run came in the top of the seventh off Chad Sherman as Scott Stewart smacked an RBI single driving in Josh Riley from third base for the 5-4 win.
Broumley gave up six hits in five innings of work. He also walked four batters, struck out five and gave up three earned runs. Alex Aguilar picked up the win in relief of Broumley, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out one batter, and he will get the start against Greenville Friday night.
"Alex is going to be getting the start against a pretty good hitting team in Greenville Friday night and he took Saturday's game like a bull-pen effort and will probably get some intrasquad warm-up Tuesday during practice," Smith said.
Scroggins led the way for the Wildcats going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, McMahan went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Broumley was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Riley went 1-for-4 with a run.
"Kason ended up having three hits on the day and was one of the players that adjusted well to their pitchers, and Bailey Potts had a big double for us," Smith said.
Green went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, Zach Redford and Chance Moore each went 2-for-4 in the game for the Panthers.
If the Wildcats can win two out of the final three games, they would secure a playoff berth, and winning all three games against Greenville, Texas High and North Lamar would solidify the district title.
"Looking at the big picture, I think we have got to win two games for sure and probably three out of three would give us a district title. Really, we are just looking for two out of three so that we can get in and then we will worry about the district championship."