Wildcats remained tied for first place with two games remaining in season
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 23, 2005 - GREENVILLE - With only two games left in the regular season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats gave themselves some much-needed breathing room with a 7-2 victory over the Greenville Lions at John Mason Field Friday night.

Sulphur Springs is now 16-7-1 overall and 6-2 in District 12-4A and depending on the outcome of the Paris-Mount Pleasant game still hold at least a share of first place in district.

"I was worried, and I think all of the coaches were worried, about the week long lay-off. You don't know what you are going to get from your players during the game, but I was proud of the way that they played tonight," SSHS coach Rahn Smith said.

In the top of the first inning, the Wildcats picked up an early 1-0 lead when Scott Stewart reached first on a throwing error by Greenville's Craig Turner that scored Josh Riley from third.

Greenville then answered back in the bottom half of the inning on a wild pitch by Alex Aguilar scoring Turner from third to tie the game at 1-1.

Sulphur Springs stormed back in the second inning, batting through the lineup with five runs off of Greenville's Chase Martin, who left the game after 1 2/3 innings of work and a 6-1 deficit.

"It was pretty big to get on top of them because when you do it shuts down their running, and they are very good at running the bases," Smith said. "It was big for us to get some bunts down and some of our runs came from their errors, and in the second inning we just did what we could to score some runs."

Jayden Spencer opened up the inning being hit by a pitch, then teammate Jake Broumley walked, and Blake Wells smacked a two-run single for a 3-1 lead.

After a walk to Colby Mills and a fielder's choice by Riley, Casey McMahan drove in Wells on a sacrifice fly and Kason Scroggins finished up the scoring with an RBI double, driving in Mills for the 6-1 lead.

Sulphur Springs scored one more run in the top of the fifth inning as Tyler Rhoades scored on a wild pitch from reliever Colten Cummings, before Greenville tacked on the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Bradley Espino smacked an RBI single to the left field wall, scoring Turner from third to cut the deficit to 7-2 after Turner tripled to begin the inning.

Aguilar improved to 8-0 on the season with the win going 5 1/3 innings, giving up two hits, two walks and one hit batter while striking out five. He will look to finish the season 9-0 when the Wildcats face North Lamar in the regular season finale.

"Alex came up big for us tonight, and Thursday his arm was really sore, and I didn't know if he was going to be able to start for us," Smith said. "He is the kind of kid that wants to be in that situation and he doesn't want to miss one of his starts."

Rhoades led the Wildcats going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Wells went 1-for-3, and Mills and Scroggins each were 1-for-4.

Greenville had two hits each from Turner and Espino, and Turner scored two runs.

"We just can't relax right now and with us being 6-2 that should get us in the playoffs, but with our loss to T-High earlier in the season we have got to come through and beat them Tuesday night," the coach said. "We just need to be able to take care of our business for the remainder of the season and hopefully not have to rely on any one else to help us get in the playoffs."

The Wildcats will get ready for the Texas High Tigers Tuesday night at Eagle Stadium for Senior Night with Zach Adair getting the start as he comes into the game with a 7-4 record.

"Texas High is going to be a big game and them coming in for Senior Night we have got to approach them like we did Greenville, and we need to jump out on them early in the game and our bats need to get going in the first couple of innings," Smith said.

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