|Wildcats lose game one against Poteet 4-0 in bi-district series|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
May 7, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats have their backs against the wall in their bi-district best two-out-of-three series against the Mesquite Poteet Pirates.
The Wildcats (17-9-1 overall) lost Game 1, 4-0, Friday night at Eagle Stadium as Pirate starter Anthony Arietta pitched a complete-game two-hitter, while walking three and striking out 10 Sulphur Springs batters.
"He (Arietta) kept us off balance tonight, and we knew going into the game that he was a good pitcher and he had a good move," SSHS coach Rahn Smith said. "We worked on that during practice this week, but he just froze some of our guys up tonight on the base paths."
Arietta picked off three of the six Sulphur Springs base runners in the game and had five innings of three-up and three-down baseball for the Pirates.
"I knew from the very start that it was going to be tough to steal on this pitcher, and we played tight on the base paths more than any where else in the game," the coach said.
Poteet opened up the scoring in the first inning on back-to-back doubles from Ryan Rasser and Bryce Cummings off Wildcat starter Alex Aguilar as Cummings drove in Rasser for a 1-0 lead. After a sacrifice bunt by Arietta, Ricky Testa hit a sacrifice fly to right field to send in Cummings for the 2-0 lead.
Aguilar picked up his first loss of the season, giving up four hits, two walks, two hit batters and three strikeouts in six innings of work. Blake Wells pitched the seventh inning, giving up a walk and notching a strikeout before the Wildcats turned their only double play of the game.
Smith said Aguilar pitched well, but the execution was not there when they needed it.
"Alex threw a great game and gave us a chance to win. Take away the first inning, and I don't think he made a mistake for the rest of the game," Smith said. "As far as baseball is concerned, our pitching and defense gives our offense a chance to win and we just didn't do it tonight."
Poteet (20-11 overall) scored its final two runs in the top of the sixth inning as Teddy Nowell started a two-out rally on an SSHS error, then went to second on Aguilar's first wild pitch, and came into score on another wild pitch for the 3-0 lead.
After a single by J.T. Files, Aguilar hit Nick Carrio and courtesy runner Brock Hesse, who was running for Files, scored on another Sulphur Springs error for the 4-0 finale.
Sulphur Springs junior Casey McMahan went 1-for-3 at the plate, while Wells went 1-for-2 with a single in the sixth inning.
Four different Poteet batters had hits in the game - Rasser, Cummings, Files and Holmes.
Game 2 was scheduled for 3 p.m. today in Mesquite, with Game 3 to follow one hour later, if necessary.
The winner of this series gets McKinney North in the Class 4A, Region II, area round of the playoffs next week. McKinney North had the bye in the first round.