|Sulphur Springs and Terrell tied during Corsicana Booster Club Classic|
|From Staff Reports|
March 21, 2005 - CORSICANA - Sulphur Springs wrapped up the Corsicana Booster Club Classic in a different position then usual - a tie against the Terrell Tigers during the third place game.
The game was deadlocked, 6-6, after eight innings and due to tournament rules the two teams ended the game tied.
"I was proud of the way that we tied the game up and battled back when we were down a couple of times against Terrell," SSHS coach Rahn Smith said. "It wasn't bad considering the teams that were in the tournament. We were a little disappointed with the way that we played a couple of games."
SSHS juniors Casey McMahan and Alex Aguilar were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Wildcats (8-5-1) will wrap up the pre-district schedule Tuesday night against West Mesquite at Eagle Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
"We are trying to get in that Tuesday-Friday schedule, and West Mesquite will be a good test for us going into district. They will probably be like a lot of the district teams that we will see," the coach said.
Down 1-0 in the third inning, starting pitcher Jake Broumley stepped up to tie the game at 1-1 as he drove in Logan Turner from third base on a 3-1 pitch into left field.
In the top of the sixth inning, SSHS held the lead at 4-3 as Aguilar, Scott Stewart and Brian Shurtleff scored, but they could not hold onto the lead as Terrell's Billy Johnston drove in D.J. Currington to tie the game at 4-4.
"I think we are starting to gel together and it was encouraging to me because everybody was supporting each other and do what we had to do to get back into the game and win it," Smith said. "We competed well and that is what you have got to have going into district play."
In the seventh, McMahan drove in Broumley and Josh Riley to give the Wildcats the 6-4 lead, but reliever Chance Massey gave up two more runs in the bottom of the inning for the 6-6 finale.
Broumley wrapped up the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while teammates Riley and Stewart also went 2-for-4 in the contest.
"We had three starters that weren't with us this weekend due to injuries and family situations and so playing the type of competition that we played it ended up pretty good for us," Smith said.
The team is still without the services of three of their starters, and Smith said lead-off hitter Colby Mills was scheduled to get his hand checked out today after an injury suffered against the Midlothian Panthers during their second game of the tournament.
"I really don't know what the status is with Colby because he is going to get it checked out and see where he stands and see how much he can move it," Smith said. "Hopefully he will be back. On Saturday, he was not able to swing a bat at all and so we were without our lead-off guy and we need some guys to step up."