Sliders win first two game at Dixie state tournament; Mad Dawgs fall to Pittsburg in Carthage
From Staff Reports

July 19, 2005 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Sliders took care of business in their first two games at the 9-and-10 year old state tournament this past weekend at Woodall Field in Paris.

The Sliders, under coach Brandon Brock, won game one 10-0 over Bonham Saturday night, and then defeated Crosby 8-0 in game two Sunday night.

Sulphur Springs will return to the diamond tonight at 7:30 p.m. between the winner of Dayton and Carthage, who played last night at Woodall Field.

Game 1

Sulphur Springs Sliders 10, Bonham 0

Sulphur Springs cruised to an easy first round win as they were able to push across their first run in the first inning as Alex Burney opened up the inning with a walk, followed by a walk from teammate Trevor McClure to put runner's on first and second.

Brennan Brock then singled to move Burney to third as McClure was caught in a force out at second, Carson Hicks then plated Burney for the early 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, SS scored seven runs as Kason Matthews opened up the inning with a walk, followed by Patrick Covington being hit by a pitch, and Ross Cody with a walk, Garrett Hood smacked a bases-clearing double to center-field for a 4-0 lead.

Blake Doughtie then singled, Mason Moore was hit by a pitch, Burney singled to score Doughtie for a 5-0 lead, McClure then followed with a single, and Brock plated Burney and McClure for a 7-0 lead.

Carson Hicks then rounded out the second inning scoring with an RBI single scoring Brock.

In the third inning, Matthews walked, followed by a strikeout to Covington, and a walk to Cody, Garrett Hood smacked a double to left field scoring Matthews and Cody for the 10-0 finale.

Covington and McClure combined for a three-inning no-hitter, striking out eight and walking one batter in the contest.

Hood led the way at the plate going 2-for-2 with five RBI, while Brock went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Game 2

Sulphur Springs 8, Crosby 1

The Sulphur Springs 9-and-10 year old Wildcats received a strong pitching performance from Covington, McClure, and Brock to pick up their second win at the state tournament.

The trio combined for six strikeouts, three walks, and one run off of Covington in five innings of work.

Sulphur Springs opened up the game on a Burney walk, followed by a walk to McClure, and a walk to Brock to load the bases, Carson Hicks then drove in Alex Burney after being hit by a pitch for an early 1-0 lead.

Willie Ivery then struck out, and Matthews drove in McClure with an RBI-single, Covington then walked to score Brock, and Cody singled to score Hicks for a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

In the top of the second inning, Crosby National scored their only run of the game as Enrique Perez scored from third for a 4-1 deficit.

In the bottom of the inning, Moore led off with a walk, followed by a single from Burney as Moore was called out on the force at second. McClure then singled and Burney was called out on the force at second for their second out of the inning.

Brock then doubled to left to score McClure, followed by an RBI-single from Hicks and then an RBI-single to center from Ivery plated Hicks for a 7-1 lead.

In the fourth inning, Sulphur Springs opened up the inning with a ground out by Burney, followed by back-to-back singles from McClure and Brock before Hicks drove in McClure with an RBI-ground out for the 8-1 finale.

McClure went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, Brock went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Hicks went 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.

11-and-Under

Pittsburg 12, Sulphur Springs 4

CARTHAGE - The Pittsburg Pirates took care of business against the Sulphur Springs Mad Dawgs 12-4 in the opening round of the Dixie 11 & Under state baseball playoffs held in Carthage Saturday.

In the first inning Kason Clark, Sean Hoffman, and Tanner Stonaker garnered walks. Clark scored when Kade Koon was hit by the Pirate hurler to give Sulphur Springs a 1-0 lead. John Bell took the mound for the Mad Dawgs as the lead off batter singled to right. Clark got the first out of the frame by tagging second after fielding a grounder and just missed

turning a double play on the ball. Pittsburg took a 2-1 lead on a single up

the middle. Then Bell got the next Pirate to pop out to Clark for the

second out, while recording a strike out to end the inning.

Cole Devereaux was the only Mad Dawg base runner in the second, as the Pirate pitching proved too difficult to move him into scoring position. In

the bottom of the second Kason Childress went 6-4 to Clark for the first out

on a grounder. After Pittsburg widened its lead to 5-1, the next batter

flied out to Childress for the second out. The final out of the frame came

when Bell fielded a grounder up the middle and went back to Ethan Boatman at first.

Clark singled to centerfield to lead off the third, but was unable to score.

Jaylon Perry took the mound in the third inning and struck out one while

walking one. Sean Hoffman fielded a hot grounder at third and got the out

with the throw to Boatman. After Pittsburg increased the lead to 8-1, Bell

backhanded a grounder at second and combined with Boatman to end the inning.

Sulphur Springs came alive in the fourth as Justin Sanders knocked in Stonaker and Koon to cut the lead to 8-3. Colby Carter walked and scored on

Childress' RBI double. With Boatman on third and Childress on second,

Sulphur Springs had an opportunity to cut the lead to 8-6, but Pittsburg

closed out the frame with two consecutive K's. Hoffman, Perry, and Bell

recorded put outs to Boatman to close out the fourth.

Devereaux displayed his all-star caliber defensive skills in the fifth inning when he fielded a line drive to right center on one hop and gunned down the runner advancing to third for what has become a routine post-season play for Devereaux.

Perry recorded another strikeout in the fifth and when the Mad Dawgs were unable to score any more runs in the sixth, the game ended with Pittsburg taking the 12 - 4 victory.

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