Wildcats remain only unbeaten team in Dixie state tourney
From Staff Reports

July 13, 2005 - PITTSBURG - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats would be in the driver's seat of the Dixie State Baseball Tournament - if they were old enough to drive.

As it is, the local 7-8-year olds are the only remaining unbeaten team as they enter the tournament semifinals tonight.

The Wildcats beat Grand Prairie, 7-3, on Tuesday to improve their record to 3-0 in the 12-team tournament. They are scheduled to play again at 7:30 p.m. today at Barnwell Field in Pittsburg against Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant and the two teams who face each other in the 6 p.m. elimination game, Grand Prairie and Broken Bow, all have one loss each. Whoever loses the early game will be eliminated from the tournament.

If Sulphur Springs wins, then Mount Pleasant will also be eliminated, sending the Wildcats into the championship game tomorrow evening. A loss by Sulphur Springs would set up a three-team playoff for the state title.

Against Grand Prairie, the Wildcats scored all their runs in the first two innings, then finished the game with some key defensive plays.

Sulphur Springs scored three times in the first inning as Cain Cody singled and Kade Hudgins doubled with one out. Aaron Smith then knocked in both runners with a single, and Larry Pryor Jr. brought in Smith with an RBI single.

Then, in the second, Tyler Williams and Ben Brooks opened the inning with back-to-back singles and Landon Brock hit an RBI double to make the score 4-0. Cody then plated two more runs with a single, and Hudgins rounded out the scoring with another RBI single to bring the tally to 7-0.

Second baseman C.J. Stephens made a pair of catches at second base to bail the Wildcats out of potential trouble, said coach Robert Cody.

Stephens made a diving catch of a line drive for the third out of the first inning. Then in the fourth, with two on and one out, Grand Prairie's clean-up hitter smashed a line drive between first and second that Stephens left his feet to catch. He then threw from his knees to Cody at first base to double off the runner and end the inning.

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