'Cats get bit by the error bug at Paris
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 25, 2005 - PARIS - Oh no, not again.

The Sulphur Springs Wildcats got bit by the error bug once again in their district opener against the Paris Wildcats, losing 8-4 Thursday night at the Hub Hollis Baseball Complex.

SSHS (8-6-1, 0-1 in District 12-4A) committed four errors in the game, and coach Rahn Smith said the team played tight throughout the game and Zach Adair had a tough night on the mound.

"We just didn't play well all around," Smith said. "Zach didn't have his best stuff and missed some of his spots, and we didn't play much defense."

Adair went 3 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits, seven runs, four strikeouts and two walks in taking the loss.

The Wildcats will now prepare for the Mount Pleasant Tigers in Mount Pleasant Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

"Our bats have gone dead a little bit. We had some opportunities and we just got to get our confidence back . We need to try and not make mistakes and just relax and play like we have been," Smith said.

Paris jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning led by Travis Wright and Matt Marrone, who combined for four of the Wildcats' five runs in the first three innings.

Back-to-back errors by Paris in the top of the fourth inning cut the lead to 5-1 as Kason Scroggins scored on a throwing error by Paris starting pitcher Thomas Watson, then Blake Wells nailed a two-out single to drive in Alex Aguilar and Scott Stewart to cut the deficit to 5-3.

But that is the closest Sulphur Springs would get in the game.

In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Wright made Sulphur Springs pay once again with a two-run single to give Paris a four-run lead at 7-3. He finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Smith said he believes the team needs to get healthy because the Wildcats lost starter Tyler Rhoades to a sprained ankle during their athletic period before making the drive to Paris for the game.

"We have got to get healthy because Jayden (Spencer) is out and Colby (Mills) didn't play and then Tyler sprained his ankle this afternoon before we left. So, we need to get healthy and keep working, and I think we will be alright before it is all said and done," the coach said.

Junior Josh Riley led the Wildcats at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Aguilar was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Wells went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Wells also came into the game in relief of Adair and went 2 2/3 innings, giving up one hit, one walk, striking out one, and hitting a batter while giving up one run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"I think we are pressing a little bit right now because we seem tight at the plate and tight on the field, and we just didn't play very well," Smith said. "We need to overcome this loss, and I think the winner of our district is going to have two or three losses. We need to relax and play."

SSHS JV 18, Paris JV 2

The Sulphur Springs junior varsity pounded out 13 hit, led by Kyle Taylor with four hits.

Colby Strain was the winning pitcher and gave up only four hits for the Wildcats. Jake North, Lydarius Harrison, Colt Hooten and Clay Wilks all had two hits each in the district-opening win.

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