Sliders lose state championship game by one run on controversial play
From Staff Reports

July 26, 2005 - PARIS - After winning Game 1 in the championship round against Carthage, the Sulphur Springs Sliders came just short of a World Series berth in the Dixie 9-and-10 year old state tournament with a 10-9 loss in Game 2 that ended on a controversial play.

Carthage 10, Sulphur Springs Sliders 9

With the game tied at 9-9 in the bottom of the sixth, Carthage loaded the bases with one out when Micah Templeton lofted a short fly ball to left field. The SS left fielder caught the ball and immediately threw to second base to force the base runner out after he failed to tag up. But, the home plate umpire ruled the runner from third had tagged up and scored before the out at second was made, giving Carthage the victory.

In the first inning, Sulphur Springs' Alex Burney, Trevor McClure and Brennan Brock all walked to load the bases in front of Carson Hicks, whose single plated Burney for a 1-0 lead.

With one out, Kason Mathews walked to score McClure, then teammate Ross Cody smacked a two-run double to score Brock and Matthews for the 4-0 lead.

Sulphur Springs extended the lead in the third inning as Brock singled to start the inning, stole second and third, and then scored as he stole home for a 5-0 advantage.

But the Sliders could not hold the lead.

Carthage scored six runs in the third inning as Garrett Harvey opened with a walk, followed by William Rathenberry being hit by a pitch, and Griffin Blankhead walked to load the bases. Calan Sokal drove in Harvey for a 5-1 deficit, and then Micah Templeton smacked a two-run double.

Carthage cut the SS lead to 5-4 on consecutive RBI outs from Hunter Bagley and Luke Goolsby. Jake Morris followed with a single, teammate Kolby Blissett walked and Tyler Musgrave drove home two runs with a single for the 6-5 lead.

The Sliders took the lead back in the fifth inning as Mason Moore opened with an infield single, followed by an RBI double from Burney, who later scored on a wild pitch. McClure kept the inning going with a single and scored on Brock's triple to left. Brock also scored as Hicks and Mathews both singled to give the Sliders a 9-6 advantage.

Carthage tied the game in the bottom of the fifth as Templeton opened with a single, followed by run-scoring doubles from Goolsby and Morris and an RBI from Musgrave to knot the game at 9-9.

The Sliders put two runners on base in the top of the sixth - a single by Moore and a walk to Burney - but couldn't get them home.

Brock went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, Burney went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Moore went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

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