Sliders advance to championship round with rematch against Carthage
From Staff Reports

July 21, 2005 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Sliders are in the championship round of the Dixie 9-and-under state tournament as they took care of Crosby for the second straight time in the tournament.

Sulphur Springs will now take on Carthage, who beat them 4-3 on Tuesday night, in a best-of-two game set starting at 7 p.m. tonight at Woodall Field No. 4.

With a win tonight, the Sliders will play tomorrow night for the state championship.

Sulphur Springs Sliders 10, Crosby 0

The Sliders jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning off of Crosby as Alex Burney opened with a ground-out, followed by consecutive singles from Trevor McClure and Brennan Brock, before Carson Hicks drove in McClure for an early 1-0 lead.

Willy Ivery then followed with a double to left field to drive in Brock, and Kason Matthews cleared the bases with a two run RBI-double for a 4-0 lead.

Patrick Covington then singled, and Ross Cody drove in Matthews with a RBI-ground out to first for the 5-0 lead.

In the second inning, SS scored two more runs as Moore grounded out to start the inning, followed by three straight singles from Burney, McClure, and Brock. Burney was tagged out on Brock's single to record their second out of the inning.

Hicks then cleared the bases with a two-run RBI single scoring McClure and Brock, but was called out as he tried to stretch his single into a double for a 7-0 lead.

Covington faced only seven batters in his two innings of work, striking out three and walking one.

Sulphur Springs scored one run in the third inning as Ivery struck out to start the inning followed by a single from Matthews, and a fielder's choice by Covington for their second out, Ross Cody then hit an RBI-single to the pitcher to plate Covington from third for an 8-0 lead.

The Sliders rounded out the scoring in the fourth inning as Moore walked, followed by a single from Burney, and a RBI-single by McClure plated Moore from second, and then Burney scored on a passed ball for the 10-0 finale.

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

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