Broumley pitches best game of season in Wildcat win
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 16, 2005 - TERRELL - Sulphur Springs pitcher Jake Broumley pitched one of the best games of the season for the Wildcats in a 5-2 win over the Terrell Tigers at Ben Gill Park Monday night.

Broumley fanned 10 Tiger batters, gave up four hits and two runs in the complete game win and at one point struck out six of seven batters, five in a row, during the third through the fifth innings.

"The main thing about Jake is to get his confidence and when he has confidence in himself and keeps his head about him he is pretty good, and he did that tonight," SSHS coach Rahn Smith said.

The Wildcats (7-4) will take part in the Corsicana Booster Club Classic Thursday-Saturday before wrapping up pre-district play against West Mesquite at Eagle Stadium on March 22.

Sulphur Springs opens up the tournament against Midlothian at 2:30 p.m. and will play either Mansfield Summitt or China Springs on Friday. Depending on the outcome of the opening day action, first pitch will be at noon (loser's bracket) or 2:30 p.m.

"I knew this was the part of our schedule where we could make a little bit of a run and that is what we want going into district play," the coach said. "We are hitting the ball well right now and hopefully we will play well in the tournament and come back and get a win at home against West Mesquite."

SSHS junior Josh Riley, who has had five hits in his past two games, opened up the scoring for the Wildcats with an RBI single driving in Colby Mills from second for an early 1-0 lead.

Broumley's longest inning of the entire game was the second inning as he faced five batters and gave up an RBI single to D.J. Currington as Casey Smith came around to score to tie the game at 1-1.

The Wildcats scored their final three runs all on RBI sacrifice flies from Scott Stewart, Brian Shurtleff and Tyler Rhoades to pick up the win.

Smith said because of all the strikeouts from Broumley that he was worried about how the defense would perform but they capitalized on the chances when they had them.

"You kind of worry about a game when there are a lot of strikeouts because your defense kind of gets out of it but with the few plays that we had we were able to make them and having good pitching and defense good things will happen," Smith said.

"We made a lot of mistakes on the base paths which I am not happy about and it cost us some runs, but overall I was pretty happy."

Riley led the way for the Wildcats going 3-for-4 with a double, Colby Mills went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and teammates Kason Scroggins and Alex Aguilar each went 2-for-3 and each had a run scored.

Terrell was led by Cody Risinger and Currington as they both went 2-for-3 in the loss.

During practice before making the drive to Terrell, SSHS junior outfielder Jayden Spencer misplayed a fly ball and was hit in the eye by the ball. Smith said his status is day-to-day and that the team is concerned about the status of Spencer.

"We lost Jayden Spencer today after he was hit in the eye misplaying a fly ball during practice, and Blake Wells had a family crisis that he had to deal with so it was one of those situations where some guys had to come in and play in places where they usually don't play," Smith said.

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