Wildcat freshman off to 8-0 start in baseball season
From Staff Reports

March 10, 2005 - GREENVILLE - Seven games into the season, the Sulphur Springs freshman Wildcats are undefeated with their closest game being a 3-0 win over Tyler Lee in the season opener.

"With that start, the guys have grabbed on to the tail of a win streak and hadn't let go," SSHS coach Triston Abron said. "This streak of winning has a lot to do with the awesome pitching display of several guys on the team."

Jeff Beck, Matt Bender, Chris Thompson, Dalton Abner, Brittan Diamond, Dustin Gant and Brandon Whittle have all pitched this year.

"Every pitcher has had his chance to pitch in a game and stepped up to the challenge and did what I asked him to do," the coach said.

Abron said defensively the Cats have only committed four errors in seven games.

During the opening round of the Greenville tournament on Tuesday, SSHS rang up with a 19-5 win over Greenville Christian behind strong pitching from Thompson.

In game two, Jeff Beck pitched a shutout against district opponent Paris and then followed that game with an 11-5 win over the Lone Oak Buffaloes.

SSHS will be playing at 11 a.m. Saturday during championship day of the tournament against the winner of pool "B" play.

Abron praised the play of catcher Josh Dunn and said he felt Dunn was the most valuable player for the team after day one action.

"Not only did he pick the team up at the right time defensively, but also when we needed the momentum offensively he's the guy that will put the bat on the ball and get things started," Abron said. "The thing that I admire most about this young man is his leadership at all times before, during and after the games."

Abron said one of the main goals for the team this season is to go undefeated and with the talent the team has the goal is reachable.

"These guys are extremely talented and love playing the game of baseball," Abron said. "Our goal is to have a perfect season and if we continue to play with the same enthusiasm and discipline as we've had the past seven games, that goal is very achievable."

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