Dixie Roundup: Cats win three games, Sliders drop first game to Carthage; Mad Dawgs eliminated
From Staff Reports

July 20, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Sliders lost their first game of the Dixie State tournament, while the 9-and-10 year old Cats have won their first three games of their tournament, and the 11-and-under Mad Dawgs team was eliminated in Carthage this week.

9-and-Under

Carthage 4, Sulphur Springs Sliders 3

PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Sliders, under coach Brandon Brock, suffered their first loss of the Dixie State 9-and-under baseball tournament and will face a familiar opponent tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Woodall Field in Paris.

The Sliders will have a rematch with Crosby in the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

In the first inning, Carthage scored the first run of the game as Hunter Bailey stole third off of pitcher Patrick Covington for the early 1-0 lead.

Sulphur Springs came back in the second inning scoring all three of their runs as Carson Hicks opened with a single, followed by Willy Ivery nailing a double, Kason Matthews then drove in Hicks with an RBI-single, followed by a fielder's choice from Covington that scored Ivery for a 2-1 lead. Ross Cody then drove in Matthews for the 3-1 lead with a single.

Carthage came back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning as Ethan Franklin opened with a walk, and Garrett Harvey followed with a RBI-single for a 3-2 deficit. William Rittenberry then drove in Harvery for the 3-3 tie.

Carthage scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the third inning as Jake Morris scored on an RBI-single by Kolby Blissett for the 4-3 finale.

9-and-10

Game 1

Sulphur Springs 13, Howe 2

TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Cats exploded for seven runs in the first inning against Howe and never looked back as they advanced to the second round of the state tournament.

Colten Frazier opened up the game with a single, followed by a walk from Zach Miller, a strikeout from Connor Cooper, Canyon Gibby then drove in Frazier for an early 1-0 lead.

Collin Crawford then flied out to the pitcher, Hayden Sickles then drove in Miller for a 2-0 lead, and Austin Buck followed with a double to plate Gibby and Sickles, Collin Dennis then walked, and Collin Williams followed with an RBI-single to drive in Buck for a 5-0 lead. Dennis and Williams also scored in the inning.

In the top of the second inning, SS scored six more runs in a two-out rally as Tyler Davis, Frazier, Miller, Cooper, Gibby, and Crawford scored in the inning.

In the second inning, Howe scored their only two runs as Cappio scored on a wild pitch, followed by Grisolia scoring on a wild pitch for a 13-2 deficit.

Frazier went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI, Buck went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run, Gibby went 2-2 with three RBI and two runs, and Sickles went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Game 2

Cats 6, Pittsburg 5

Sulphur Springs opened up with four runs in the top of the first inning as Frazier and Miller opened up with strikeouts, Cooper then walked, followed by an error to put Gibby on first, Crawford then walked to load the bases, Sickles then walked to score Cooper for a 1-0 lead.

Gibby scored on an error for a 2-0 lead, and Crawford and Sickles scored on errors to make the score 4-0.

Pittsburg scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning as Deluna and Hammonds score for a 4-2 deficit.

The Cats scored a run in the top of the second and one in the top of the third, before Pittsburg scored three in the bottom of the fifth as Sulphur Springs prevailed 6-5.

Williams, Crawford, and Frazier each had a hit for the Cats.

Game 3

Sulphur Springs 10, Gunter 3

The Cats won their third game of the state tournament Tuesday night and will now face Atlanta tonight at 8 p.m. as they took care of Gunter in the winner's bracket.

Sulphur Springs opened up with two runs in the top of the first inning as Frazier opened up the inning with a ground-out, followed by a double from Miller, and a walk from Gibby, Crawford then drove in Miller with a fielder's choice for the 1-0 lead.

Cooper then followed with an RBI-single scoring Gibby from second for a 2-0 lead.

Gunter came back with a run in the bottom of the inning as Reymert reached on an error and then advanced to second on another error, before Lara drove him in with a double for a 2-1 deficit.

Gunter tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning as Franzel scored but could not get any closer in the inning.

The Cats scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning as Gibby opened the inning with a single, followed by a double from Crawford, Cooper then cleared the bases with a double scoring Gibby and Crawford for a 4-1 lead.

Sickles then smacked a triple scoring Cooper, and Buck then drove in Sickles with a double for a 5-2 lead.

Buck then scored on an error, and Williams scored on an error for an 8-2 lead.

Garrett Vickery opened the fifth inning with a walk, followed by a walk to Tyler Davis, Frazier then walked to load the bases, and Miller drove in Vickery with another walk for a 9-1 lead. Davis scored on a wild pitch for the 10-2 lead.

Cooper led the way for the Cats with two hits and three RBI, Williams had two hits, and Frazier, Gibby, Miller, Crawford, Sickles, Buck, Dennis, and Brad Macek each had a hit.

11-and-Under

Paris National 8, Sulphur Springs 5

CARTHAGE - The Sulphur Springs Mad Dawgs, coached by Steve Carter, Kris Koon, and Kris Childress were eliminated from the state baseball playoffs Monday as they fell to Paris National 8-5.

Justin Sanders was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2. Kason Childress & John Bell each hit a double and went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Kade Koon went 2-for-3 and Sean Hoffman went 1-for-3 with a double. Others getting hits were Cole Devereaux, Jaylon Perry, Colby Carter, Ethan Boatman, and Kason Clark.

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