Wildcats pick up first district win over Mount Pleasant
From Staff Reports

March 30, 2005 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Sulphur Springs head coach Rahn Smith knew one thing after Tuesday night's game at Mount Pleasant - the Wildcats' first district win was a total team effort.

Sulphur Springs won 15-2 over Mount Pleasant and recorded 12 hits in the game (four being extra-base hits), after losing to the Paris Wildcats 8-4 Friday night to open up the district season in which they committed four errors in that game.

SSHS has now committed seven errors in their two district games this year, as they recorded three against Mount Pleasant Tuesday night.

"I told them that this was an important game and we needed to come out with a win," Smith said. "Winning a tough road game at Mount Pleasant is always tough to play there."

"It was a great team win for us and everybody was putting the bat on the ball really well in the game."

Sulphur Springs is now 9-6-1 overall and 1-1 in District 12-4A with a game against the Greenville Lions at home Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

"Greenville likes to run a lot and so we are going to have to work on our picks and work on keeping the runners close," the coach said. "We need to make sure that we are solid on all of our coverages and that is some of the things we are going to work on."

With two runners on and nobody out in the top of the first inning, Sulphur Springs' Casey McMahan nailed a two-run double sending in Colby Mills and Josh Riley, before Kason Scroggins capped off the first inning with an RBI sacrifice fly for the 3-0 lead.

"The biggest thing about tonight was I thought we pitched and played defense well up until the sixth inning. It was 3-2 and we played really good defense behind Alex (Aguilar)," Smith said.

In the bottom of the second inning, Mount Pleasant scored two runs as McAuley and Amerson scored but could not get anything else off of starter Alex Aguilar or reliever Blake Wells.

The Wildcats poured it on in the final two innings of play, scoring 12 runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined.

Riley opened up the scoring with a solo home run and finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, while classmate McMahan went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

"Josh and Casey both came through in some big situations. Josh had three hits and three RBI and had a home run. Casey had a big double in the first inning that scored a couple of runs to get us going," Smith said.

Smith also praised the play of Tyler Rhoades and Scott Stewart as Rhoades went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored in the sixth inning.

The Wildcats had seven different base runners score in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach and give Aguilar his fifth win of the season.

Aguilar went five innings, giving up three hits, four walks and two earned runs while striking out seven. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored.

"Alex came out and was determined to get this win and get us back on track and he is always nice to have out there because he will give us a good solid performance no matter what the situation," the coach said. "He pitched a really good game and if we can have that out of him every time he is out there we will have a chance to win."

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