Dixie Baseball: 11-and-under Cats headed to Texarkana; 7-and-8 coach pitch still going strong
From Staff Reports

July 11, 2005 - MOUNT VERNON - The 11-and-under Sulphur Springs Cats made short work of their Dixie District Baseball Tournament last week, ending every game by the 10-run rule en route to the district championship.

The Cats, coached by Jason Frazier, Mike Gibby and Jerry Crawford, went 5-0 in the tournament, outscoring their opponents 74-8, to qualify for the state tournament in Texarkana, which begins this weekend.

Game 1

SS Cats 21, Cumby 1

Austin Buck and Hayden Sickles both had a pair of hits, scored twice and drove in four runs to lead the Cats to their first victory of the tournament.

The Cats had 14 hits in all, including a three-hit game from Canyon Gibby, who also had two RBI, and two hits and three RBI from Rowdy Sachs.

Buck's hits included a double and home run and he also walked once. Sickles also doubled along with Gibby, Collin Crawford and Sachs.

Colton Frazier had a hit and scored twice, Connor Cooper added a hit and two RBI, and Collin Williams and Brad Macek each hit safely as well as saw time on the mound.

Williams started and picked up the win while Macek pitched two innings of relief. They combined on an eight-strikeout no-hitter.

Game 2

SS Cats 14, Franklin County 3

In the first game between the two teams - they would meet again in the championship - the Cats used 11 hits and eight walks to provide their offense.

Zach Miller, Buck and Williams each accounted for two hits, including doubles by Buck and Williams. Frazier, Gibby, Crawford and Colin Dennis each added one hit. Frazier and Crawford also walked twice, as did Macek.

On the mound, Sachs picked up the victory by pitching into the third inning, striking out three and walking four. Gibby and Buck pitched the final 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Game 3

SS Cats 12, Delta County 2

Miller had a three-hit, two-RBI game, and Williams added a two-hit, three-RBI outing to lead the Cats to their third straight run-rule win.

Gibby, Crawford and Buck had two hits each. Gibby's game included two RBI and three runs scored, while Crawford and Buck each knocked in a pair of runners.

Dennis, Cooper and Frazier added one hit each. The Cats also stole five bases: one each by Frazier, Cooper, Gibby, Crawford and Williams.

On the mound, Cooper, Crawford and Buck combined to give up four hits and four walks while striking out eight in five innings.

Game 4

SS Cats 13, Commerce 0

Gibby and Crawford belted back-to-back home runs in the third inning to provide all the offense the Cats would need in the shutout.

Sulphur Springs had its lowest hit production of the tournament, with seven, but Sachs and Garret Vickery combined on a four-inning one-hitter for the Cats.

Frazier, Cooper, Sickles and Buck all had one hit and one walk each, while Dennis also contributed a hit and a run. Buck and Gibby each drove in two runs, while Frazier and Crawford had one RBI each.

Championship Game

SS Cats 14, Franklin County 2

Gibby and Crawford combined to strike out eight batters while surrendering just four hits and one walk in six innings.

Offensively, Williams and Sachs went 3-for-3, while Gibby and Crawford accounted for two hits each. Frazier, Miller, Sickles and Vickery each had one hit.

Frazier, Gibby and Sickles drove in two runs each.

For the tournament, the Cats had a .432 batting average (60-for-139). They had six hitters with averages over .500, including Crawford (.778), Frazier (.714), Gibby (.692), Buck (.636), Williams (.615) and Miller (.545).

Cooper and Gibby led the team in runs with nine, while Buck led the team in RBI with 11.

PITTSBURG - The Sulphur Springs 7-8 Coach Pitch team had to use both is offensive and defensive abilities in the first two games of the Dixie State Tournament this weekend to move into the tournament quarterfinals.

The Wildcats, coached by Robert Cody, won its first two games by a total of three runs. They are scheduled to play against at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pittsburg's Barnwell Field against either Grand Prairie or Broken Bow, Okla.

Game 1

Sulphur Springs 2, Van Alstyne 0 (6 innings)

It's not often the score is tied at 0-0 after the regulation five innings in the coach pitch league, but that's what happened Saturday.

"That was the best defensive game I've ever seen for that age group, both teams," said Cody. "Van Alstyne caught seven fly ball outs, and we had five."

The deciding runs were scored in the top of the sixth when Kade Hudgins' two-run double brought in Ben Brooks, who had reached on a fielder's choice following Tyler Williams' single, and Landon Brock, who had singled. Both runners moved up on Cain Cody's fly ball.

Then, in the bottom of the inning, the Wildcats pulled off a pair of defensive gems to hold onto the victory. Williams, in left-center, doubled a runner off of second for the first out, then the next batter hit a ball to Hudgins at third, who got the force out at second, but the relay throw to first went wide. When the batter tried to go to second base, Cody threw to C.J. Stephens at second for the final out.

The defensive highlight of the game, though, came in the bottom of the fourth when Van Alstyne had runners on second and third and the Wildcats' Joseph Moreno made a diving catch of a fly ball in right field to end the inning.

Sulphur Springs committed just one error. Hudgins, at third, had six put-outs and shortstop Landon Brock registered four. Cody and Stephens had six assists each.

Game 2

Sulphur Springs 8, Denton County 7

Larry Pryor Jr. scored the winning run for Sulphur Springs in the top of the fifth after singling, going to third on Stephens' ground out and scoring on a throwing error.

The Wildcats scored one run in the top of the first as Aaron Smith's RBI single drove in Landon Brock. But, the Wildcats had to fight back from a deficit after Denton County scored four runs in the bottom of the inning.

In the third, SS put up three runs on Pryor's RBI single, which drove on Cody who had singled, and Moreno's two-run single, which plated Hudgins (single) and Pryor.

In the fourth, Hudgins belted a three-run home run to bring in Ben Brooks and Brock, who had both singled. But, Denton County scored once in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.

The Cats finally ended the game when Hudgins caught a foul ball with two on and two out in the bottom of the fifth.

Pryor had five put-outs from pitcher and Cody had six assists at first base. Hudgins led the team with three hits, while Brock, Pryor, Cody, Hunter Crowson and Brooks had two hits apiece.

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