Wildcats run-rule Mineola in season opener

Feb. 24, 2006 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats opened the Jerrod Hammack era with a dominating 11-0 win in five innings over the Mineola Yellowjackets in the opening round of the Wills Point Tournament Thursday afternoon.

"I thought we did a great job and did everything we needed to do to win baseball games," Hammack said. "We hustled on and off the field and Alex settled down after the first inning and threw a great ballgame."

Senior Alex Aguilar threw a complete-game two hitter with six strikeouts and one walk as the No. 1 starter for the Wildcats. Hammack said Aguilar would throw five innings or 75 pitches in the opening day start. 

"Pitch count did not come into play because of the offense, and he threw 21 pitches in the first inning which is a lot," the coach said. "After he settled down and got back on track I think he ended up with 60-something pitches for five innings which was good."

With the win, SSHS is scheduled to play Wills Point at 3 p.m. today after Wills Point beat Dallas A. Maceo Smith, 15-0, in the late game. The schedule had the game set for 6 p.m., but A. Maceo Smith had a scheduling conflict.

Senior Josh Riley led the Wildcats going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, while teammate Colby Mills was 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Rhoades went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored once.

Sulphur Springs (1-0) opened up the game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning as Jake Broumley reached second on an error by Mineola's Jared Crenshaw. Following a wild pitch which sent Broumley to third, Riley nailed an RBI single for the early 1-0 lead.

After a single by Casey McMahan moved Riley to second and a walk by Scott Stewart loaded the bases, Jayden Spencer smacked an RBI sacrifice fly to center field scoring Riley. On the next at bat, Rhoades cleared the bases with a two-run single for a 4-0 lead.

"In the first inning, we were able to score four runs and then in that third inning we batted around, and I just could not be prouder of the guys," the coach said. "I thought they swung the bats well, they ran the bases hard, they took extra bases and did all of the little things it takes to be a good offensive team."

After scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning, Sulphur Springs batted around the lineup in the third inning. scoring six runs on six hits.

Spencer opened up the third inning with a double, followed by a single from Rhoades, and and RBI double by Bailey Potts. Aguilar then hit into an RBI sacrifice scoring Rhoades, and then Mills hit a run-scoring single to plate Potts from third.

After an out by Broumley, Riley recorded his third RBI on a double, McMahan reached second on a two-base error to score Riley for a 10-0 lead. Stewart then made the score 11-0 on an RBI double.

The Wildcats scored all 11 runs off of starter Chase Adams, who finished with two walks and one strikeout in three innings of work. Teammate Troy Walker came in during the fourth inning and struck out two while walking one in the inning.

Notes: Hammack said the Game 2 starter would likely be Broumley. ... The schedule for Saturday's games will be determined based on seeds from the bracket play from Thursday and Friday. ... Games begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. as the No. 2 seed vs. the No. 3 seed, at 1:30 p.m., the No. 1 seed takes on the No. 4 seed, at 4:30 p.m. is the No. 2 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and at 7:30 p.m. the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 3 seed. ... Sulphur Springs is on the road against the Athens Hornets Tuesday night with the game scheduled for 7 p.m.

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