|Three Sulphur Springs Dixie baseball teams going for state tournament berths|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney and Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Staff|
June 29, 2005 - Summer baseball will keep going well into July for several Sulphur Springs teams.
Three Sulphur Springs squads will be playing for the Dixie district championships this week, with two of them already having clinched a state tournament berth.
The 7-8 Coach Pitch Wildcats will take an unbeaten record into Thursday's championship game, while the 9-and-Under Sliders will do the same. Meanwhile, in Mount Vernon, the 11-and-Under team coached by Steve Carter takes on Paris at 7 p.m. today for that district title.
7-8 Coach Pitch
Sulphur Springs Americans 14, Commerce 3
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats have won all three of their tournament games by the 10-run rule, and Tuesday night was no different.
The Wildcats also kept up their home run streak, having hit at least one round-tripper over the fence in every game. Against Commerce, it was Kade Hudgins with his second home run of the tournament.
The Wildcats will take on Paris at 6 p.m. Thursday in the championship game. Paris, who lost earlier to Sulphur Springs, advanced with a 13-8, extra-inning victory over Franklin County. If Paris beats the Wildcats at 6 p.m., the teams will play a deciding game immediately afterward.
The tournament winner advances to the state tournament in Pittsburg on July 9.
Hudgins' homer came in the Wildcats' three-run first inning. The frame opened with Landon Brock hitting a single and Cain Cody doubling him home. Hudgins then launched his two-run shot.
The Wildcats added four more runs in the second as Joseph Moreno singled to open the inning, followed by RBI singles by Hunter Crowson and Tyler Williams and a two-run single from Ben Brooks. Cody singled and Hudgins doubled later in the inning but didn't score.
In the third, Larry Pryor Jr. and Will Sant both singled and came around on C.J. Stephens' two-run double. Stephens was thrown out at home, but consecutive singles by Moreno, Crowson and Williams loaded the bases and they all came around on an RBI single by Brooks, a run-scoring single from Brock and a two-run double by Cody.
The defensive gem of the game occurred in the second inning when Commerce had a runner on third. The ball was hit to Brock at shortstop. He looked the runner back to third, then threw the ball to Cody at first for one out. The runner broke for home, and Cody relayed it to Sant at catcher, who tagged the runner for the double play.
Sulphur Springs National 10
Franklin County 6
The Sulphur Springs National Sliders remained unbeaten and clinched a spot in the state tournament, but it didn't come without a fight from Franklin County.
Franklin County never led, but challenged each inning.
The victory puts the Sliders into the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Coleman Park. They will play the winner between Paris National and Franklin County, who play at 6 p.m. tonight in an elimination game.
With two teams advancing to the state tournament in Paris on July 16, the Sliders have already clinched a berth there.
On Tuesday, they scored in each of the first three innings and received a pitching save from Brennan Brock to close out the win.
In the first inning, Alex Burney and Brock both walked and scored on Willie Ivery's two-run triple to center field. Carson Matthews then singled home Ivery. Matthews advanced on Patrick Covington's walk and scored when Mason Moore beat out an infield single to put the Sliders ahead, 4-0.
Franklin County, though, countered with two runs in the top of the second inning on three walks and a two wild pitches.
Sulphur Springs came back with another four-spot in the bottom of the inning, with the big blow being a three-run double from Carson Hicks. Garrett Hood and Burney both walked, and Trevor McClure's perfectly-placed bunt single halfway up the first base line loaded the bases for Hicks, who later scored on a wild pitch. That put the Sliders up by a score of 8-2.
Ivery, who started the game on the mound, was relieved by McClure in the top of the third, but Franklin County put up three runs in the inning on two walks and two singles to cut the lead to 8-5.
The Sliders, though, again countered with two runs of their own. Moore and Ross Cody both walked and Hood singled up the middle, scoring both runners to give Sulphur Springs a 10-5 lead.
Brock then came in to retire three of the next four batters. The final out came when Burney made a sliding stop of a grounder in the hole between first and second and threw the runner out.
Sulphur Springs 13, Paris American 3
MOUNT VERNON - Sulphur Springs advanced to the championship game with a 10-run victory that secured a state tournament berth.
The local team will play Paris at 7 p.m. tonight in Mount Vernon for the district title. Steve Carter's team clinched a spot in the Dixie state event in Carthage on July 16 by virtue of two teams advancing.
Kason Clark and John Bell each went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple for Sulphur Springs, while Sean Hoffman added a single and double, and Ethan Boatman went 2-for-3.
Tanner Stonaker, Colby Carter and Justin Sanders also added hits for Sulphur Springs.
Bell went the distance on the mound, fanning four and walking just two.
In Monday's game, Sulphur Springs defeated Franklin County, 6-4, as Clark and Kason Childress combined to strike out seven batters.
Childress also had two hits along with Bell, Hoffman and Kade Koon. Clark, Stonaker, Jaylon Perry and Boatman added one hit each.
Sulphur Springs 17, Honey Grove 3
Sulphur Springs responded in a big way facing elimination Tuesday night in the Dixie 14-and-Under district baseball tournament against Honey Grove, scoring in every inning at Coleman Park.
Coach Bob Barrows' Sulphur Springs squad gets a day off before returning to the field against either Mount Vernon or Paris Continental at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Shane McQueen and Mason Rawson each hit three-run home runs in the game as Rawson hit his in the first inning. McQueen led the way, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored, while Rawson went 1-for-3 with four RBI.
McQueen started off the first inning with a single and Ryan Carpenter followed with a walk. After a double steal put both runners in scoring position, Rawson smacked his homer over the left field fence for the 3-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second inning as Kolten Jones walked with one out and McQueen drove him in with a double. Carpenter then gave Sulphur Springs a 6-0 lead with an RBI single. Ben Barrows walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Carpenter then scored on a throwing error by Chabon Williamson for a 7-0 Sulphur Springs lead before Rawson drove in Barrows with a ground out for the final run of the inning.
McQueen's homer came in the third inning as North singled and Brandon Harry walked to set the table for McQueen's homer to right field for a 10-0 lead.
Honey Grove was able to push across two runs in the top of the fourth inning as LaPacus Russell walked, stole second and scored on a wild pitch from Jones, before Caldwell walked, and scored on a single from Williamson to make the score 10-2.
Sulphur Springs then scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Daniel Rosales and Andrew Morales both walked. Rosales advanced to third on a wild pitch and then Rosales scored on another wild pitch for an 11-2 lead. With one out, North walked, and Jones plated Morales with a single for a 12-2 advantage.
Jones then advanced to second on an error, went to third on a McQueen single, and scored on a wild pitch, McQueen then stole second and scored on back-to-back wild pitches for a 15-2 lead. Carpenter then walked and scored on Barrows single, and after a stolen base and an error by the catcher, Sulphur Springs held a 17-2 lead.
Honey Grove managed to get a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice bunt by Noah Stroud that scored Hudson Milford from second base for the 17-3 finale.