|Wildcats run-rule Greenville; sets up showdown with Texas High|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 22, 2006 - For the 11th time in 24 games this season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats left the baseball diamond with double-figure runs and almost matched a season-high in runs scored.
This time it was a 17-4 win over the Greenville Lions on Friday to extend their win streak to 10 games dating back to March 14.
Sulphur Springs will look to wrap up the District 12-4A championship Tuesday night when they travel to Texarkana for a rematch with the Tigers. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"If you are a competitor, this is what you play the game for in these types of games. We are a road-tested team and we do well on the road, and that is not a factor for us," said SSHS head coach Jerrod Hammack.
"It is going to be a long bus ride, and there is no air on the bus and it is going to be hot. These guys are resilient and they get through everything that has come our way - adversity, good things that happen - and we take it in stride and do what we have to do."
The Wildcats have outscored their district opponents, 94-47, and are averaging over 11 runs per game in eight district games.
"I would like to say it is an old hat, but we do it a lot and it is enjoyable to see," Hammack said. "I have said it many times that we swing the bats well and sometimes you get that kind of a lead and you get a little loss of concentration."
The loss of concentration occurred in the top of the third inning as SSHS (19-5, 8-0) held a 14-1 lead before Greenville scored three runs off Wildcat starter Jake Broumley.
Daniel Coleman opened the inning being hit by a pitch, followed by back-to-back walks to Trey Turner and Travis Smith to load the bases, Brad Espino drove in Coleman and then Trey Sorrells hit into an RBI fielder's choice and Smith scored as Carter reached on an error for the 14-4 deficit.
"I thought he (Jake) threw well and when we got to the third inning and had the 14-1 lead, I thought we were lazidasical across the board," the coach said. "We had a bad third inning frankly on defense and at the plate."
Broumley led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with five RBI and one run scored, while Jayden Spencer went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Josh Riley, Scott Stewart and Tyler Rhoades each went 2-for-3 and Clay Wilks went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.
Sulphur Springs opened up the game by sending 12 batters to the plate and received a solo home run to right-center field from Broumley and a three-run home run from Wilks to left field which made the score 6-0 off Lion starter Chase Martin.
"Clay has a lot of power and he is a strong kid and swings the bat well. He has enough power that if he consistently tries to hit the ball hard he can get it out of the yard," Hammack said. "I have tried to get Jake all year long, and sometimes he is a little early and when he lets the ball get a little deeper he can hit the ball as well as anybody."
The Wildcats came back in the bottom of the second inning with six runs off reliever Daniel Coleman as Casey McMahan opened the inning with a walk, followed by a single from Stewart and a walk to Colby Mills to load the bases. Rhoades was walked to send in McMahan, Alex Aguilar, pinch running for Stewart, scored on a fielder's choice by Wilks and then Mills scored on an error as Wells reached safely for an 11-1 lead.
Spencer then doubled to put runners on first and second and Broumley cashed in on his fifth RBI with a bases-clearing double down the left field line for a 14-1 lead.
SSHS wrapped up the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off Greenville reliever Josh Robinson as Riley, McMahan and Aguilar scored in the inning.
SSHS 6, Greenville 1
Wildcat pitchers Brandon Whittle and Brittain Diamond combined for a two-hitter against Greenville in their win at Eagle Stadium Friday afternoon.
Diamond led the way at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while teammates Koby Ivey and Ladarius Harrison each went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Harrison also had an RBI.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings before the game was called due to the time limit.