Wildcats win first two games of Corsicana tournament
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 10, 2006 - CORSICANA - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats were "taking care of business" Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Ennis Lions Allen Samuels Autoplex Invitational. 

The Wildcats outscored their opponents, 20-7, with an 11-2 win over Terrell in Game 1 and a 9-5 win over Seagoville in Game 2.

"I think we are getting better each game, and we are doing whatever it takes to win," said first-year coach Jerrod Hammack. "I think we are picking each other up and are compensating each other in areas that are weak right now.

"I am more than pleased, and when you can go to a tournament and win the first two games that is great."

The Wildcats (7-3) face North Garland today at 4:45 p.m. and Corsicana at 7 p.m. at Corsicana in the final day of pool play before Saturday's one-game play based on seeding occurs at Ennis High School.

"Right now, we are sitting pretty good and we will throw Jayden against North Garland and Alex against the best team in our bracket in Corsicana at 7 p.m. I am expecting well pitched games and the defense should be right there behind them," the coach said.

"We are going to be pitching Fred Dale and Kiffer Davis Saturday and if Blake (Wells) has to come in and pitch an inning or two off of three days rest I think he could do that."

Game 1

SSHS 11, Terrell 2

The Wildcats found their stride in the bottom of the fifth inning against Terrell and scored 10 runs off of starter Colten Patten as they batted through the lineup. 

Sulphur Springs opened up the inning with singles by Alex Aguilar, Wells and Spencer as Broumley scored Aguilar on an error. Following an RBI, bases-loaded walk by Josh Riley, the Wildcats received RBI singles from Casey McMahan and Scott Stewart to drive in Spencer and Bailey Potts (who was the courtesy runner for Broumley) for a 5-2 lead. 

Sulphur Springs also received another run from Wells and Spencer and had runs from McMahan, Stewart and Rhoades in the inning.

Broumley started on the mound for SSHS, and Hammack said the only inning he had problems was in the first as he had two walks before striking out two and inducing a ground-out.

"We have got to get Jake out of the first inning and that is really the only inning that he struggled with," he said. "Once he settles down after the first inning he is tough. We need to get him in the bullpen and get enough time to throw that inning in the pen before he gets out there."

McMahan and Spencer both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Rhoades went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, Wells was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and Broumley, Stewart and Aguilar each were 1-for-3 in the game.

Broumley (2-0) was the winning pitcher going six innings, while giving up seven hits, five walks and six strikeouts. He now has a 3.06 ERA in 16 innings pitched for the Wildcats. Fred Dale saw his first varsity action of the season and pitched the seventh inning with one strikeout in relief. 

Game 2

SSHS 9, Seagoville 5

Against Seagoville, the Wildcats gave starter Chance Massey the insurance runs that he needed early as they scored five runs in the first two innings of the game.

"Chance threw well and the good thing is he threw very few pitches. I think he was averaging right around 10 or 11 up until the seventh inning. Anytime you are working fast and throwing strikes - and I think the stat was 21 out of 23 batters were first pitch strikes  - and that is phenomenal," Hammack said.

After a walk to Broumley in the first, Riley smacked a double off of Seagoville starter Haden Waner to put runners on second and third with one out. McMahan drove in Broumley with a sacrifice and Riley scored on a passed ball for a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, Clay Wilks opened with a double and then Bailey Potts reached on an error by Seagoville's James Blanton in left field. Sulphur Springs Jake North then smacked a three-run homer for a 5-0 lead. 

Seagoville then found a way to disrupt Massey in the top of the third inning, making the senior  throw 21 pitches, as they scored two runs in the inning on RBI singles by Juan and Pedro Villarreal.

The Wildcats scored two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach for a 9-2 lead.

McMahan opened the fifth inning with a double, followed by a single from Scott Stewart, Colby Strain hit an RBI sacrifice, Wilks struck out and Potts drove in Stewart for a 7-2 advantage.

McMahan went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Stewart went 2-for-2  with two runs scored and an RBI for the Wildcats.

Massey picked up the win and is now 2-1 on the season as he gave up nine hits and five runs, while striking out eight.

After the Ennis tournament, the Wildcats have two games during spring break as they travel to Lindale Tuesday night and play their first home game March 16 at 6 p.m. against Royce City.

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