Wildcats lose in championship game of Ennis tournament
From Staff Reports

March 13, 2006 - ENNIS - After outscoring their opponents, 48-7, in the first four games of the 2006 Ennis Lions Allen Samuels Autoplex Invitational, the Wildcats were handed some of their own medicine against No. 4-ranked Mansfield in the championship game.

Sulphur Springs lost 19-7 in five innings to the Tigers to finish as the runner-up of the tournament.

"It started out promising, and we scored seven runs in the top of the first, and it looked like it was going to be a continuation of the previous four games," said SSHS first-year coach Jerrod Hammack.

"You've got to give Mansfield a lot of credit because they are No. 4 in the state. They scored five in the bottom of the first and five in the bottom of the second, and they scored every inning through the fifth and we did not score."

Sulphur Springs is now 9-4 on the year and faces the Class 3A fourth-ranked Lindale Eagles (12-2) Tuesday night at Lindale. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Lindale won their own tournament this past weekend and defeated Sulphur Springs, 2-1, in the first round of the Oil Belt Classic two weeks ago.

With the Wildcats' first home game of the year Thursday against Royse City, Hammack said a change in time is being worked out between the two teams.

"We have been on the road a lot and it will be nice to come back home. We are on Spring Break, so people may be scattered around and it would be nice to get a good crowd," Hammack said. "The game time has been moved to 1 p.m. because Royse City has another event that they have to get to. I then talked to the umpires and the game might be moved to 2 p.m., so it is still up in the air."

Championship Game

No. 4 Mansfield 19, SSHS 7 (five innings)

ENNIS - Hammack went with pitchers Fred Dale, Kiffer Davis and Blake Wells in the championship game and they gave up a combined 12 hits.

"Fred started out the game and he battled hard, but they swung the bats really well," Hammack said. "I think he went one inning and then threw to two batters in the second, but we didn't get an out and Kiffer came in." 

"He threw admirably in the game coming off a bad ankle sprain, and I didn't want to do this, but I had to bring Blake in. I think he threw two innings just to get us through the game."

The Wildcats opened the first inning with seven runs as Jayden Spencer reached on a single and scored on an RBI triple from Riley for a 1-0 lead. After back-to-back walks to Casey McMahan and Scott Stewart, Colby Strain ripped an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

Spencer had a three-run double scoring Strain, Jake North and Davis for the 7-0 lead.

Spencer led the way going 2-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI, while Strain went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored.

Game 2

SSHS 17, Corsicana 0 (five innings)

CORSICANA - Alex Aguilar pitched a five-inning perfect game for this second win of the season, and the Wildcats backed him up by scoring 12 runs in the third inning.

Aguilar, who fanned eight batters in the game, is now 2-1 on the season and has a 0.43 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings of work. He has only given up 10 hits and walked one batter this season.

Jake Broumley scored in the opening inning thanks to a pair of errors as a dropped fly ball prevented Justise Contreras and the Tigers from getting out of the frame. Four more Tiger errors and nine Sulphur Springs hits in the third inning put the game away as the Wildcats sent 18 batters to the plate.

"We scored so many runs in that inning and it is hard for me to remember who contributed in that inning," the coach said. "We had guys that were doing things at the plate that we always talk about with guys getting pitches to hit and we had very few strikeouts."

Strain nailed a home run off of reliever Caleb Marx in the four inning and went 2-for-4 in the game.

Spencer and Riley led the Wildcats at the plate as each went 2-for-4 as Spencer had two runs scored, while Riley had three RBI, two runs scored and a double. Stewart went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, and  McMahan went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. 

Game 1

SSHS 11, North Garland 0 (five innings) 

CORSICANA - Against North Garland, Spencer threw a complete-game two-hitter for the Wildcats, who committed only one error, at James G. Price Field.

Spencer now has a 0.58 ERA in 12 innings giving up 12 hits while walking two batters.

"North Garland was typical of the other games that we played. Jayden pitched a fantastic game and that has been a pleasant surprise," said Hammack.

Sulphur Springs scored nine runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach as Spencer and Stewart scored two runs each and teammates Broumley, Lucas, McMahan, North, Tyler Rhoades and Matt Y'Barbo scored in the inning.

Stewart went 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

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