Sulphur Springs Cats finish second at Dixie State Tournament
From Staff Reports

Aug. 1, 2005 - TEXARKANA - After a dramatic victory in the semifinal game of the 9-10-year-old Dixie State Tournament, the Sulphur Springs Cats came out on the short end of the scoreboard in the championship game.

The Cats beat Grand Prairie, 5-4, on Connor Cooper's walk-off two-run double in the semifinals, but Atlanta scored all the runs it would need in the first inning of their 15-4 championship game victory on July 22.

"I'm proud of the kids and the way they played," said coach Jason Frazier. "Getting second in the state is pretty good. We wanted to win, of course, but Atlanta just played a better game than we did.

"The main thing is, the kids played hard and conducted themselves well the entire tournament."

The Cats had qualified for the state tournament by winning their district tournament in Mount Vernon.

Cats 5, Grand Prairie 4

The Cats trailed, 4-3, in the bottom of the sixth but with two outs, Canyon Gibby worked a walk and Collin Crawford followed with a single to set the stage for Cooper, who doubled to right field to drive in both runners to give Sulphur Springs the win.

Grand Prairie scored three times in the second and once in the third to take a 4-0 lead before the Cats were able to start cutting into their lead.

In the third, Rowdy Sachs singled and came around to score after singles by Tyler Davis and Colton Frazier. Then, in the fourth, the Cats put up another run when Gibby doubled to left and scored on Haden Sickles' double.

In the fifth, the Cats cut the deficit to 4-3 when Collin Williams led off with a walk and came around on Brad Macek's RBI single.

Gibby reached base all three times to the plate with two hits and a walk, while Sachs also had a two-hit game.

On the mound, Austin Buck and Macek combined to pitch two-plus innings, then Gibby threw four shutout frames, fanning five and giving up just one hit.

Atlanta 15, Cats 4

In the championship game, the Cats had to use three pitchers to get through Atlanta's 11-run first inning, and they couldn't recover from the deficit.

The Cats put up four runs in the second inning as Cooper walked, then Sickles singled and Buck followed with a two-run double. Buck and Zach Miller, who walked, both came around to score.

Sulphur Springs managed four hits including a triple by Cooper and a single from Frazier.

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