|Wildcats win on Senior Night; finish district at 10-0|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 29, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats wrapped up the regular season with the second goal they set during the season with a 10-0 district season under first-year coach Jerrod Hammack.
After an 18-16 win at North Lamar during their first meeting, the Wildcats pulled out a 4-3 victory on Senior Night after dealing with an hour rain delay at Eagle Stadium.
"The 10-0 part is pretty special and very few teams can do that even if they are state champions," Hammack said. "It is quite an accomplishment and something they should be proud of. It was a great Senior Night and we didn't do a very good job swinging the bats with their two left handers on the mound and we were trying to pull everything and we didn't hit the ball hard."
SSHS (21-5, 10-0) had four hits off of North Lamar pitchers as senior Josh Riley went 2-for-3 and Jake Broumley went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Jayden Spencer had the other hit for the Wildcats as he went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Broumley was the winning pitcher and is now 7-1 on the season as he threw a complete-game giving up three hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts on 93 pitches in the contest.
Hammack said this was one of his best starts all year long.
We did what we had to do and Jake threw an outstanding ballgame — probably the best game that he has thrown all year," he said.
Hammack said the Wildcats have set up their warm-up games for this week and both games will give the Wildcats a good test as he will rotate his pitchers throughout the games.
"We are going to play Tyler Lee Tuesday at Mike Carter Field at 7 p.m. and then play Kilgore on Friday at home at 7 p.m.," the coach said. "We may have Alex throw five innings on Tuesday and then use some other pitchers for the other innings and on Friday do the same thing with Jake."
North Lamar went up 2-0 in the top of the second inning as Landon Davidson and Aaron Bell scored off of Broumley, but Sulphur Springs gained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
"Jake had some trouble in the second inning and got they two on us early," the coach said. "After that, he was able to shut them down and his pitch count was outstanding and struck out nine-or-10 and had a one-hitter through seven innings."
Scott Stewart opened the inning with a groundout, followed by a strikeout to Alex Aguilar, Tyler Rhoades reached on an error, Clay Wilks then put runners on first and second with a walk, Wells reached on an error scoring Rhoades. Spencer then singled clearing the bases for the 3-2 lead.
Hammack said the past two wins against Texas High (4-2) and North Lamar was good for the team to experience since the playoff's will be very similar to those scores.
"I think the past two games were pretty good because if you are 10-running everybody it makes your confidence too high and you need to be able to have experience with tight ball-games because you know you are going to in the playoffs," the coach said.
As far as the playoffs go, I think we will play either Justin Northwest and Lewisville Hebron out of their district and that game may be a big deal. The District 10-4A third place team is a team that I don't know much about but I think it will be that other district. We will get more about that over the weekend and if not then we will know by Monday."