|Wildcats run-rule Paris for district lead; score 37 runs during Paris road trip|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 12, 2006 - PARIS - Scoring 37 runs in the past two games, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats rounded out their trips to Paris with a 19-7 win over the Paris Wildcats at Hub Hollis Field Tuesday night in district action.
"We swing the bat as well as any team that I have coached and played against," said SSHS first-year coach Jerrod Hammack. "We just have to make the routine plays on defense and we just 10-runed a pretty good team. Our lineup from top-to-bottom is as good as any lineup that I have seen. Everybody swings the bat well and we are good two-strike hitters and that wears down a team."
Jayden Spencer led the way for the Wildcats going 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and five RBI, while teammate Josh Riley went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. He is now batting .682 in district play at 15-of-22 with 16 RBI and nine runs scored.
Scott Stewart went 2-for-4 with four RBI while Colby Mills rounded out the multi-RBI output going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI for the Wildcats.
Sulphur Springs will travel to Mount Pleasant tomorrow night for a 7 p.m. start and Hammack said it will be a difficult place to play.
"All of there district wins have come from home and it is going to be difficult," the coach said. "We have to go with a mindset that we are going to play the game the way we know how to play."
The Wildcats (17-5, 6-0 in district play) used a 10-run third inning in which they batted 14 times with two runs coming from Jake Broumley and Riley and one run coming from Casey McMahan, Alex Aguilar, Mills, Tyler Rhoades, Clay Wilks and Blake Wells to extend their lead to 12-3.
Sulphur Springs scored one more run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI-double from Spencer scoring Clay Wilks and then Paris countered with a run in the bottom half of the inning after a Travis Wright walk, he scored on three consecutive passed balls for a 13-4 deficit.
SSHS scored six more runs in the top of the fifth inning as Josh Riley opened the inning with a triple, followed by a ground-out from McMahan, Stewart scored Riley with a ground-out, Mills walked, Rhoades was hit by a pitch, Wilks scored Mills with a single, Wells was then hit by a pitch and Spencer rapped a bases clearing single for a 18-4 lead before Broumley plated Spencer with a single to round out the scoring.
Broumley picked up the win on the mound and walked six batters in the final 1 2/3 innings as he walked in runs with the bases loaded on two separate occasions as Paris scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wells came into the game and struckout Carson Hargis for the final out of the game.
Hammack said Broumley had a good outing but just got tired at the end of the game.
"One of my many faults is I stay with a pitcher longer than I should but I do it for a couple of reasons," he said. "I want to show them that I have confidence in them and I think they can battle through adversity and the second thing is I wanted him to finish the ball-game."
With nine errors in the past two games, Hammack said the defense needs to be much better for the team to wrap up the district title.
"I have always said that pitching and defense wins but when you score double digit runs in most every game it has to be the bats and aggressive base-running," the coach said. For us to move a step higher, we have got to make the routine plays on defense and I think we can do that."