Wildcats score 13 runs in fifth inning to defeat Wills Point
From Staff Reports

Feb. 27, 2006 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats went undefeated in their first tournament action of the year with an 18-6 victory in six innings over the Wills Point Tigers during the Wills Point Invitational Tournament Friday afternoon.

"Friday, we came out fine as far as our mental game goes. In the first inning, we had men on and Josh (Riley) was at the plate and they throw a curve ball in the dirt and he didn't swing at it but the umpire called it a third strike," said first-year coach Jerrod Hammack. "It seemed to get us out of our rhythm and we lost it for a while until about the fourth inning and then we caught fire and ran off with the game."

Down 5-3 heading into the fifth inning, Sulphur Springs responded with 13 runs to take a 16-5 lead.

"The fifth inning was the big inning and honestly it started raining a bit harder at that point. I knew that once we had batted in the fifth if we didn't tie or get the lead and then the rain came even harder the game would have been called," the coach said. "I told the guys that we needed to get the runs now and not let the weather beat us, and so we were able to get nine or 10 runs ahead at that point and we won the game."

In the fifth, the Wildcats got two runs each from Riley, Casey McMahan, Scott Stewart and Jayden Spencer, and one run each from Blake Wells, Colby Mills, Jake Broumley and Jake North.

Mills went 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored, two doubles and one RBI, while McMahan went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a triple and a three-run home run. Riley went 2-for-4 with one run scored, while Broumley went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Wells was 2-for-2 and scored four times.

SSHS (2-0) will now prepare for the Athens Hornets Tuesday night in Athens with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

"Athens is a good baseball team and they are always a competitive team," Hammack said. "We are trying to play against the game itself and not against an opponent, and I expect to have a competitive game. Chance Massey will be the pitcher and we want to see how he does against them."

Notes: The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 29-6 in the first two games of the season. ... Saturday's scheduled tournament games were canceled as Hammack said nearly two inches of rain had fallen Friday night. ... Hammack said even with the struggles Broumley faced against Wills Point, he is in the mix for the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation. ... Wells was the winning pitcher throwing the final two innings of the game. ... Junior Colby Strain saw his first varsity action of the year Friday and had an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for the Wildcats. ... After Tuesday's game at Athens, the Wildcats open the Kilgore tournament at noon Thursday against Lindale. 

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