Wildcats end homestand with run-rule of Mount Pleasant
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 29, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats wrapped up their four-game homestand in grand fashion Tuesday night at Eagle Stadium.

The Wildcats took care of the Mount Pleasant Tigers, 12-1, in five innings  behind a complete-game four-hitter from senior Jake Broumley while giving up two walks and striking out seven for his third win of the season.

"I thought Jake set the tone in the game, and he had a pretty good first inning with him throwing strikes," said SSHS head coach Jerrod Hammack. "We got out of the gate great in the bottom of the first and got runs and we just never looked back."

SSHS (13-5, 2-0 in district)  will look to continue its four-game winning streak Friday night when they travel to John Mason Field in Greenville. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

"They are going to be competitive and we are going to come and play and if we play our game I don't worry about who we are going to play," Hammack said.

This will be the first game of a back-to-back weekend schedule as Sulphur Springs will return home for a non-district game against Mesquite at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Wildcats scored in every inning against Mount Pleasant with timely hitting and costly mistakes by the Tigers as SSHS opened the bottom of the first inning with a single by Jayden Spencer followed by an RBI triple from Jake Broumley for a 1-0 lead. 

After a strikeout by Josh Riley, Casey McMahan hit his third sacrifice of the district season to plate Broumley for the 2-0 lead.

Riley went 1-for-2 in the game with two RBI and is now 4-for-6 with three RBI and a triple in two district games, while teammates Tyler Rhoades and Colby Strain went 1-for-2 apiece. Broumley, McMahan and Alex Aguilar went 1-for-1 at the plate. 

"I think we were pretty patient and we waited on good pitches. We walked a lot, which is good that we are being selective, and when we got pitches to hit we hit them," Hammack said. "We did a great job hitting with two strikes and I think Alex had a big hit with a big two-out, two-strike hit and Casey put it into play with a man at third with two strikes, and we are executing the offense."

The Wildcats added five more runs in the second. Strain reached first on a single. After a walk to Rhoades, Strain then scored from second on a single by Aguilar to make the score 3-0. After a fielding error by the pitcher advanced Blake Wells to first to load the bases, Spencer then flied out and Broumley walked to score Rhoades for the 4-0 lead.

Riley then rapped a single into deep left field as Aguilar and Wells scored on the play and then Riley attempted to steal second and scored courtesy runner Clay Wilks from third for the 7-0 advantage.

After a RBI single from Sam Walker in the top of the third inning, the Wildcats scored four more runs in the third and one in the fourth inning to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Hammack was able to use Tyler Lucas, Kiffer Davis, Fred Dale and Matt Y'Barbo for their first district action of the season and said it was good to have the opportunity to use them in the game.

"It is always nice for morale for one if you can use more players than just the starters. We are in district and this is varsity baseball, and you have got to play to win," the coach said. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do until we got the 12th run and then it made me feel a little more comfortable. I felt really great for Fred being able to make two good plays."

Notes: Texas High (2-0, 13-5) kept pace with the Wildcats by beating Paris, 6-5. It was the second straight one-run loss by Paris (0-2). Greenville (1-1) downed North Lamar, 6-3, in 10 innings.

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