|Wildcats take care of business in regular season finale|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 30, 2005 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats came to play Friday night against the North Lamar Panthers.
With playoff seedings on the line in the District 12-4A finale, the Wildcats thumped North Lamar 17-4 to end the regular season at 17-8-1 overall, 7-3 in district.
The Wildcats will be the No. 2 seed in the playoffs as the Paris Wildcats took the district championship with a win over the Greenville Lions in their finale.
Junior Josh Riley opened up the scoring for the Wildcats in the first inning with an RBI double scoring Colby Mills for a 1-0 lead. Riley went 4-for-5 with four doubles, six RBI and three runs scored.
Riley finished up the regular season batting .479 (56-for-117) with 33 RBI and 22 doubles for the Wildcats in the No. 2 hole in the lineup.
Scott Stewart gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly that drove in Riley from third.
North Lamar got a run back in the bottom of the second inning as Cory Davis nailed an RBI single off of Alex Aguilar for a 2-1 deficit.
Sulphur Springs scored in every inning except for the second as they went three up and three down on a groundout and two fly outs.
In the third inning with runners on first and second, Aguilar smacked a Josh Vanderburg pitch to the right center-field wall to score Casey McMahan and Jayden Spencer for a 4-1 lead.
The Panthers once again cut the Wildcats lead in half in the bottom of the third inning as Vanderburg scored on a passed ball.
Jake Broumley led off the top of the fourth inning with a double, followed by a walk from Blake Wells, and Mills being hit by a pitch. Riley picked up two more RBI with his second double of the game as Broumley and Wells scored.
With two outs, Stewart nailed a bases clearing single for an 8-2 lead scoring Mills and Riley.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, it appeared North Lamar would be able to take advantage of the situation as Jordan Richmond opened up with a single, Casey Gain hit into a groundout, Davis got on with a single, and Casey Coleman walked to load the bases.
Blake Leonard drove in Richmond on the sacrifice fly for an 8-3 deficit, but then Smith flied out to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, the duo of Mills and Riley once again pulled through with consecutive RBI as Mills drove in Broumley and Riley drove in Mills with a double for the 10-3 lead.
Sulphur Springs scored seven runs on seven hits in the top of the sixth inning off of reliever Seth Little, as they were able to bat through the lineup, with runs from Mills, Riley, Scroggins, Spencer, Tyler Rhoades, Broumley and Wells for the 17-3 advantage.
Richmond scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch by Broumley for the 17-4 finale.
Mills, hitting in the leadoff position, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and four runs, Broumley went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, Scroggins went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
Aguilar picked up his ninth win of the season, pitching four innings of six-hit ball with two walks and three strikeouts.
Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Richmond went 1-for-2 with two runs, and Garrett Kennedy went 1-for-2 with a run scored.