National Wildcats win All-Star opener
From Staff Reports

July 3, 2006 - HONEY GROVE - With many of the same players on the team that won the 7-8-year-old coach pitch state championship last year, the Sulphur Springs National Wildcats won their All-Star opener Sunday in the 9-and-under age group in the District 5 Dixie tournament.

The Wildcats, coached by Kevin Hudgins, Brian Coleman and Robert Cody, will play Paris National at 8 p.m. today in Honey Grove.

The Wildcats knocked off Paris American, 12-2, in their district tournament opener.

Paris got on the board first with a two-out RBI double by Ty Jones in the top half of the first inning.

But, the Wildcats took the lead in their first at-bat.  Cain Cody led off the inning with a single to center, followed by another single from Hunter Coleman. Kade Hudgins then scored Cody from third with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Will Sant plated Coleman with a two-out triple that gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.  

Paris tied the score in the top of the second on an RBI triple by Jacob Cowley, but that would be it for Paris for the rest of the evening.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, were just getting started.

Ben Brooks and Zachary Terry lead off Sulphur Springs' bottom of the second with walks. Brooks came around on an RBI single by Alejandro Rosales, and Terry scored on a single by C.J. Stephens. Rosales later capped of the three-run inning by scoring on a single by Cody.

In the bottom of the third, Hudgins and Sant lead off with walks, then Hudgins scored on an RBI single by Tyler Williams. Darrin Pennington then cleared the bases with a line drive double to left center field that knocked in Sant and Williams. Pennington later scored on a passed ball. Brooks drew a base on balls, followed with another single by Rosales. Brooks scored on a throwing error, then Rosales was plated by a line drive double off the bat of Carter White. White then scored the 12th and final run on a single to right field by Cody.

That gave the Wildcats a 10-run margin that concluded the game after three innings of play.

Hudgins pitched the first two innings with two strikeouts, and Coleman pitched a scoreless third by striking out two.

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