Two SS teams remain unbeaten; two others on wrong end of score
Bobby "Butch" Burney and Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Staff

June 28, 2005 - A pair of Sulphur Springs teams kept up their winning ways Monday at the Dixie Baseball District Tournaments at Coleman Park, while two others fell on hard times.

The local 7-8 Coach Pitch team headed up by Robert Cody and the 9-and-Under squad coached by Brandon Brock both won their second games by the 10-run rule. The 9-and-Under team coached by Sam Johnson fell in a high-scoring affair in an elimination game, while the 14-and-Under team led by Bob Barrows was unable to slow down Mount Vernon in a match-up between previously unbeatens.

7-8 Coach Pitch

Sulphur Springs American 11

Paris 1

After a scoreless inning and a half, Paris pushed across the first run of the game. But, it was the American Wildcats who plated the last 11.

The Wildcats found themselves in an unusual position heading into the top of the third inning - behind. They didn't stay in that predicament for long.

Sulphur Springs scored four runs in the top of the third and the maximum of seven in the top of the fourth, punctuated by Landon Brock's grand slam, to close out the contest.

Kade Hudgins also homered for Sulphur Springs, who has now belted four round-trippers by four different players in the opening two games of the tournament.

The Wildcats are the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament. They are scheduled to play Commerce at 7:30 p.m. today on Field 3. The 6 p.m. game will feature Franklin County vs. Paris in a rematch of a second-round contest won by Paris.

After Paris took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, they threatened to score more by putting two runners in scoring position with two outs, but SS second baseman C.J. Stephens back-pedaled to catch a pop fly to end the inning.

Sulphur Springs then got started at the plate. They scored four runs in the third, with the big blows being a ground-rule double by Brock that brought in Tyler Williams, who reached on an error, and Cain Cody's 2-run grounder that plated Ben Brooks, who singled, and Brock. Then, Hudgins followed with his home run over the right field fence.

Paris again put two runners on in the bottom of the inning with two outs, but Williams caught a long fly ball in left-center field to end the threat.

In the top of the fourth, Larry Pryor Jr. and Will Sant both singled to start the inning, then Stephens reached on an RBI ground ball, and Joseph Moreno singled home a run to push the score to 7-1.

Williams then reached on an error and Brooks singled to bring up Brock, who drove a pitch over center field to give the Wildcats a 10-run lead.

14-and-Under

Franklin County 15,

Sulphur Springs 5

Mount Vernon hit three home runs, including two in one inning to jump out on Sulphur Springs.

SS will now play Honey Grove at 6 p.m. today in an elimination game, followed by Mount Pleasant vs. Paris Intercontintental at 8 p.m. Mount Vernon will take on Paris Continental on Wednesday.

Mount Vernon has won both its opening games by the run-rule, and they showed why on Monday, pounding out 15 hits. Kolton Keener and Chase Carr both hit home runs over the right field fence, and Reggie McDonald knocked an inside-the-park homer off of SS starter Ben Barrows.

Sulphur Springs fell behind 10-0 after three innings, but pushed across a run in the top of the fourth when Mason Rawson doubled to center field, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant pick-off throw from the catcher.

Sulphur Springs was able to push across four runs in the fifth inning as Brandon Harry, Kolton Jones, Ryan Carpenter and Barrows all walked and Daniel Rosales followed with a two-run double to right.

Rosales relieved Barrows after three innings, but Franklin County was able to score three runs in the sixth to close out the game.

9-and-Under

Sulphur Springs National 12, Paris Continental 2

The Sulphur Springs National Sliders advanced to the third round of the Dixie Boys 9-and-Under winners' bracket with another strong pitching performance from Patrick Covington, Trevor McClure and Brennan Brock.

The trio combined for a one-hitter in four innings of work - walking two and hitting two batters in the win.

The Sliders will face Franklin County at 7:30 p.m. tonight on Field 4, while in the other match-up Paris National will face Paris Continental in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

Sulphur Springs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead as Alex Burney singled to lead off the inning, stole second, and scored the first run on a wild pitch from Paris pitcher Tanner Bowden.

McClure then walked, advanced to second on Brock's fly-out, and scored on a passed ball for their second run. Carson Hicks followed with a walk, advanced to third on consecutive steals, and Willie Ivery singled and advanced to second on a stolen base, before Kason Matthews rapped a two-run single for a 4-0 lead.

Matthews then stole second and scored on a passed ball for the 5-0 lead.

In the top of the second inning, the Sliders put three more runs on the board as Blake Doughtie singled, Burney advanced Doughtie to second with a sacrifice bunt, and McClure reached on an error in front of Brock, who smacked a two-run triple, and then scored on a Paris error.

Paris cut the Sliders lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the inning as Logan Thompson started with a walk, reached second on a wild pitch, and scored on an error for the first run, Chase Pasternak was then hit by a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball.

Sulphur Springs scored one run in the third and three in the fourth to wrap up the win.

Matthews went 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs for Sulphur Springs, while Ivery went 2-for-3 with two runs, and Brock was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.

Tanner Tyler went 1-for-1 with a double for the only Paris hit of the game.

Game 2

Paris National 20, Sulphur Springs American 14

The Sulphur Springs American Heat squad was the first team eliminated from the District 5 9-and-Under Tournament, but not without a fight.

The back-and-forth affair went 2 1/2 hours before Paris National secured the win with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The two teams combined for 27 of the 34 runs in the third and fourth innings.

Paris National opened the game with five runs off of starter Landry Williamson as Jake Clark, Brenton Pentecost, and Connor Skidmore scored on wild pitches before Brandon Thoms drove in Zachary Smith on a ground-out for a 4-0 lead. Nathan Bass then rounded out the first scoring on a wild pitch.

The Heat scored in the top of the second inning as Blake Blevins scored on an error by Nelson Cobb for a 5-1 deficit.

Paris came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning as Clark drove in Archie Farmer for a 6-1 lead.

The fireworks then started for both teams in the top of the third inning as Sulphur Springs scored six runs to take a 7-6 lead into the bottom half of the inning.

But Paris responded with eight runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead back at 14-7, until Sulphur Springs plated seven runners to tie the game at 14-14.

During the fourth inning, Blevins smacked a three-run inside the park home run to get them to within 14-12. He went 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Paris scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.

Hunter Elliott went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs for the Heat, while teammates Christian Lewis, Eric Hawthorne, Christian Pryor and Alex Flemens had one hit each.

Clark was the leading hitter for Paris going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.

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