So Far, So Good: Three local teams win by lopsided margins
Bobby "Butch" Burney and Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Staff

June 27, 2005 - Sulphur Springs Dixie teams did as well as could be expected on Saturday.

Three of the four youth baseball squads playing in district tournaments at Coleman Park won their opening-round games by lopsided margins - the lone exception was a head-to-head meeting between two local teams - while another team playing in Broken Bow won in dramatic fashion.

The Dixie tournaments continue today, and all of them will wrap up either Thursday or Friday with the winners securing a berth in their respective state tournaments.

7-8 Coach Pitch

Sulphur Springs American 18, Fannin County 0

Highlighted by a pair of third-inning home runs and a near spotless defense, the Sulphur Springs American Wildcats won in a runaway Saturday at Coleman Park.

With the victory, Sulphur Springs will take on Paris at 7:30 p.m. today on Field 3. Paris beat Broken Bow, 8-5, in the first round and then defeated Franklin County, 17-15.

The Sulphur Springs game was never that close. The Wildcats took a 13-0 lead into the third inning, then Cain Cody blasted a three-run homer to center field and Larry Pryor Jr. launched a two-run shot two batters later to punctuate the final score. Both Cody and Pryor accounted for four RBI.

Eleven different players had at least one hit for the Wildcats, including three-hit games from shortstop Landon Brock, Kade Hudgins, C.J. Stephens and Pryor. Cody, Aaron Smith, Will Sant and Joseph Moreno accounted for two hits apiece, and Ben Brooks and Tyler Williams each singled.

In the Wildcats' 22-hit attack, were 12 extra-base hits including three doubles from Brock, and a pair of two-baggers from Hudgins and Stephens.

Sulphur Springs scored six runs in the first inning, seven in the second and five in the third before the game was called.

"Tonight should be a better barometer of where we stand," said coach Robert Cody. "We played pretty well. We only had one error, and for 7-8-year-olds, that's pretty good."

Defensively, Brock at shortstop and Pryor at pitcher led the team in putouts.

7-8 Coach Pitch

Sulphur Springs National 9, Valiant, Okla. 8

BROKEN BOW, Okla. - Sulphur Springs overcame an 8-3 deficit in the third inning by scoring six runs in the final three innings.

The comeback was complete when Garrett Jones rapped a two-run, walk-off triple with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Jones went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

The Nationals are scheduled to play Broken Bow at 8 p.m. tonight as the two remaining unbeaten teams.

Jones scored the team's first run on an RBI single by Cason Crawford in the first inning. In the second, Brandon Foster reached on an error and scored on Michael Crocker's RBI, but Sulphur Springs still trailed, 4-2.

That deficit became even larger after Valiant plated four runs in the third.

The Nationals started their comeback with a pair of runs in the third when Christian Hill, Landry Turner and Jones all reached on hits and scored.

After a three-up, three-down fourth inning, Sulphur Springs won the game in the bottom of the fifth. Alejandro Rosales and Coen Price both reached and scored on hits by Hunter Powell and Christian Hill. That put two on with two outs for Jones, who hit a ball into the left field gap for the game-winner.

14-and-Under

Sulphur Springs 25, Commerce 6

The opening round of the Dixie Boys 14-and-under tournament went just the way Sulphur Springs wanted in a 25-6 victory over Commerce Saturday afternoon at Coleman Park.

Sulphur Springs will play Mount Vernon tonight in the winner's bracket at 8 p.m.

Sulphur Springs had to overcome an immediate six-run deficit as Commerce put up a six-spot in the top of the first inning as Taner Burnett opened with a single, followed by a single from Garrik Smith, and Tyler Bolin then drove in Burnett for a 1-0 lead.

Jake McCarty then followed with an RBI single driving in Smith, Jared Turner struck out, and Joey Farquhar hit into an RBI ground out driving in McCarty for the 3-0 lead.

Terrence Walker then followed with an RBI double, Collin Sell walked, Dakota Dawson walked, and Burnett drove in Walker and Dawson with an RBI single for the 6-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first inning, Sulphur Spring's Shane McQueen smacked a double to leadoff the inning, followed by an RBI single from Ryan Carpenter for the 6-1 deficit.

Ben Barrows and Mason Rawson hit into back-to-back fielder's choices. Rawson then reached second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Commerce pitcher McCarty for the 6-2 deficit.

The Wildcats then turned it on in the bottom of the second inning with 14 runs off of McCarty for a 16-6 lead.

Grayson North opened up the inning with a walk, followed by a two-run home run from Shane McQueen. Carpenter then followed with a single, reached second on an error, went to third on a single by Barrows, and scored on another error for a 6-4 deficit.

Barrows stole second, went to third on a Rawson single, and scored on a McCarty error, Daniel Rosales then walked, and Andrew Morales nailed a two-run RBI double scoring Rawson and Rosales for the 9-6 lead.

The Wildcats scored three more runs in the third and six runs in the fourth to round out the scoring.

McQueen and Andrew Morales led the way with four hits, followed by Carpenter, Rawson, and Daniel Morales with three hits, Barrows with two hits, and Cummings and North each had hits.

Burnett had two hits for Commerce, while teammates Smith, McCarty, Turner, Farquhar, and Walker had hits.

9-and-Under

S.S. National 16, S.S. American 0

The Sulphur Springs National Sliders advanced to the winner's bracket against the Paris Continental squad at 5:30 p.m. today with an impressive win Saturday evening at Coleman Park.

The winner of tonight's contest will face Franklin County Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., while the loser will face either Sulphur Springs American Heat or Paris National at 5:30 p.m. The Heat plays Paris National at 7:30 p.m. today.

The Sliders opened up the game with a single by Alex Burney, who moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on an error for a 1-0 lead. Trevor McClure followed with a walk, and Brennan Brock gave the Sliders a 2-0 lead by driving in McClure.

Carson Hicks then drove in Brock with a single for the 3-0 lead, Willie Ivery hit into a fielder's choice, stole second and third base, and scored on an error, Kason Matthews then singled, reached second on an error, went to third on a passed ball, Patrick Covington then walked, stole second, and Matthews scored on a passed ball for a 5-0 lead.

Covington rounded out the first inning scoring on a passed ball for the 6-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Sliders scored 10 runs off of Hunter Elliott and batted through the lineup as Blake Doughtie reached on an error, followed by Garrett Hood reaching on an error, and Burney loading the bases with a walk.

McClure then drove in Doughtie, Brock drove in Hood with a single, Hicks drove in Burney with a single for the 9-0 lead.

Brock then scored on a wild pitch, Ivery smacked a double, and Matthews nailed a two-run RBI single driving in Hicks and Ivery, Covington then reached by a walk, Mason Moore hit into a fielder's choice, Moore scored on a passed ball, and Ross Cody drove in Covington for a 14-0 lead.

Doughtie then struck out, and Hood drove in Moore and Cody for the 16-0 finale.

Brock went 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Hicks also went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored, and Matthews went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run.

The Heat had two base runners in the game as Tristen Griner and Devin Mitchell reached on walks.

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