|All Tied Up: Wildcats win Game 2 on one-hitter from Jake Broumley|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
McKINNEY — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats bounced back from a late night in Game 1 to even the series at a game a piece with a strong outing from senior left hander Jake Broumley.
Broumley gave up one hit and one walk in a 10-0 run-ruled shortened game at Al Alford Field against the Justin Northwest Texans.
"After the walk, I was a little upset and it let me know that I got to get focused," Broumley said. "Then I gave up the hit and it was a good pitch on the outside and he pushed it that way and credit to him for the hit."
Hammack said momentum is back for the Wildcats heading into Game 3.
"Jake pitched a wonderful game and had a perfect game there for a couple of innings and then lost the no-hitter but he got the shut-out win and that was the important thing," said SSHS first-year coach Jerrod Hammack. There is no doubt their momentum is back. I told the guys during the period that we have the guys right where we want them and we have got to win and then we will have the advantage going into the win."
Game 3 of the best-out-of-three series was scheduled for today at 1 p.m. and Hammack said Jayden Spencer would start at pitcher for the Wildcats.
"We are going to go with Jayden," he said. "Jake didn't throw a lot of pitches so we could use him for an inning and Alex having a days rest didn't throw a lot of pitches so we could use him."
Josh Riley went 2-for-3 for the Wildcats with two RBI and a run scored, while senior Casey McMahan went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI and Scott Stewart also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Sulpur Springs (22-8) opened up the scoring in the top of the third inning as Spencer opened with a strikeout, followed by a walk to Broumley, reached second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a passed ball. Josh Riley then walk and Casey McMahan drove in Broumley for the 1-0 lead.
Broumley faced only one batter over the minimum during the game and said Game 2 was a big game for the team.
"Tonight was the season for us and we got one of our goals out of the way which was 10-0 in district and now state champions is what we want," he said. "We were not about to go out after the way that we played last night and it was a tough loss."
The Wildcats exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead as Colby Mills opened the inning with a strike out, followed by a walk to Tyler Rhoades, Clay Wilks was hit by a Robbie Ashley pitch. Jake North then smacked a double off reliever Justin Storey scoring Rhoades.
Wilks scored on a wild pitch before Spencer was hit by a pitch and Broumley cleared the bases with a sacrifice fly for the 5-0 lead. Riley then singled and stole second, before McMahan nailed a two-run single for a 7-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats made an outstanding defensive play as Rett Varner nailed a single to the right-field wall for their first hit of the game.
On the relay throw from Jake North to Blake Wells, Varner was rounding second and Wells sent a perfect shot to Casey McMahan for the out at third base.
Broumley said with their Senior Prom tonight, the game is the most important thing for them today.
"Tomorrow night is the farthest thing that any of us are thinking about. We are going to put up 10 runs again and play good defense and put the bat on the ball," the senior said. "We can beat these guys again and they can't beat us two out of three games. We are going to show it to everybody tomorrow."