9-and-Under squad bounces back in Splendora
From Staff Reports

July 17, 2006 - SPLENDORA - After a lackluster first game at the 9-and-Under Dixie State Tournament on Saturday, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats came back strong on Sunday.

The Wildcats, who won the state tournament in the 7-8-year-old division last year, played back into form yesterday, beating Liberty 12-1 after falling to Van Alstyne 9-1 the previous night.

With the victory, Sulphur Springs moved a step farther down the bracket and will play the host team, Splendora, at 6:30 p.m. today in an elimination game. If the Wildcats win, they will face the loser between Center and Gilmer at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

First Round

Van Alstyne 9, Wildcats 1

The Wildcats managed just two hits - singles by Tyler Williams and Carter White - in their opening round loss. Zachary Terry had the team's lone RBI with an infield grounder.

"The boys just didn't have anything going for them," said Robert Cody. "But, they came back last night playing like they can."

Second Round

Wildcats 12, Liberty 1 (3 innings)

Sulphur Springs scored at least three runs in every inning to end the game early on the 10-run rule.

They opened the game in the bottom of the first with a three-spot. C.J. Stephens and Cain Cody led off with singles, followed by an RBI double to left by Kade Hudgins and a run-scoring single from Williams. Hudgins later scored on a passed ball.

Liberty scored its lone run in the top of the second, but the Wildcats came back with three more tallies in the bottom of the inning. Ben Brooks walked and scored on Alejandro Rosales' RBI double. Cody and Hunter Coleman followed with RBI singles to make the score 6-1.

Then, in the third, the Wildcats ended the game with six more runs. Darren Pennington walked, White singled and Brooks walked. They all scored on passed balls. Terry also walked and came around on Stephens' run-scoring single. Cody then hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run for the finishing touch.

Coleman pitched two innings, striking out five and giving up one run, and Hudgins finished the game with one scoreless frame.

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