Freshmen Wildcats tie second game this week

From Staff Reports

April 7, 2007 - After the Sulphur Springs freshmen played to a 10-inning tie earlier in the week, their game against North Lamar on Thursday was called after six innings due to a local time limit. The result was a second tie game, 4-4, in just one week for the Wildcats.

In the first three innings, the Wildcats were unable to convert four hits and a NL error into any runs. Meanwhile, North Lamar was able to score one unearned run in the first inning. And in the third inning, a lead-off triple lead to a 2-0 Panther lead.

SSHS responded in the fourth by sending nine batters to the plate. Colby Suggs lead off the inning with a triple to right field. He was followed with three consecutive base hits by Tyler Higginbotham, Kade Wimberly and Jake Dougan. Mason Morton then reached by error. After two outs, Conner Brackhahn kept the momentum going with a single. Then the Wildcats went up 4-2 as Jocko Spataro reached by error, bringing in Morton.

After pitching 5 1/3 innings, SSHS starting pitcher Bryce Jenkins was unable to close out the sixth inning giving up two runs to tie the game. Josh Halcomb entered the game in relief and closed out the inning facing just two batters. On the day, starter Jenkins allowed three earned runs on five hits. He struck out five.

Offensively, the Cats were led by Dougan (3-for-3, run scored), Higginbotham (2-for-3, run scored), and Spataro (2-for-4, RBI).

The freshmen Wildcats' record is now 9-3-4 overall and 1-0-2 in District 11-4A. They return to action on Monday as they travel to Mount Pleasant. They will return home with a doubleheader versus Mesquite Poteet on Saturday, April 14.

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