|Wildcats take down Greenville; face Texas High for sole possession of first place in district 12-4A|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 3, 2006 - GREENVILLE - An injury to senior hurler Alex Aguilar in the bottom of the first inning made things interesting for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats Friday night at John Mason Field.
That was until senior Chance Massey came into the ballgame.
"About two outs in the first inning, he (Aguilar) waves me out there and his bicep tendon was bothering him. He had this same injury last year and I think it was just rest and he ended up throwing great the rest of the year last year," said SSHS first-year coach Jerrod Hammack. "Chance came in and did a great job and we swung the bats well and had great movement on the bases."
Massey picked up the win in relief going 5 1/3 innings while giving up seven hits, one earned run, two strikeouts and one walk. Aguilar went 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit, one strikeout, one walk and two runs. Senior Blake Wells pitched the seventh inning giving up two hits, two earned runs and one walk.
After falling behind, 2-0, in the bottom of the second inning the Wildcats went to work and tied the game at 2-2 starting with a double by Casey McMahan, an RBI-double by Scott Stewart and then later in the inning Tyler Rhoades hit an RBI-double scoring Stewart.
Sulphur Springs scored four more runs in the third inning as Jayden Spencer and Jake Broumley reached on consecutive singles and then Josh Riley cleared the bases with an RBI-double for a 4-2 lead. Following a ground-out by McMahan, Stewart drove in Riley and Colby Strain rapped a double for the 6-2 lead.
Greenville cut the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning off Massey as Travis Smith scored on a single by Travis Potter.
Rhoades gave the Wildcats their four-run lead back in the sixth inning with a solo-home run off Potter - who replaced starter Taylor Carter - who finished with four runs on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings pitched for the Lions.
The Wildcats return to Eagle Stadium tomorrow night against the Texas High Tigers - as both teams are 14-5 overall and 3-0 in district 12-4A competition.
Stewart led the Wildcats at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Riley went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI while Rhoades went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI.
Hammack said this was be the toughest game of the district season.
"Texas High is probably going to be the best team that we have faced. I expect that they are going to be very similar to us and I think they swing the bats real well," the coach said. "It is at home and it is a big game and the two leaders are coming in and I expect us to show up and raise our level of play and I think it is going to be a great ball game."
Hammack said the game could decide the playoff picture with only six games remaining.
"One of our goals is the district championship and this is a big game and would put us in the driver's seat," Hammack said. "If we win the game then we are in the driver's seat and it would put us a step closer to that district championship."
Correction: In the weekend edition of the News-Telegram, the score of the game was misquoted with Sulphur Springs winning 9-3. The News-Telegram is pleased to make this correction.