Wildcats, Texas-High in first-place showdown

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 24, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats will get a chance at redemption, and a shot at claiming first place out-right when they host Texas High tonight.

The Wildcats and Texas High are tied for the District 11-4A lead with identical 6-2 records. Texas High won the first match-up between the teams, 4-2, in Texarkana.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. It will be preceded by Senior Night activities at 6:45 p.m. The Wildcats will honor seven seniors: Colby Strain, Bill Hood, Colby Mills, Ty Tiegiser, Ladarius Harrison, Tyler Rhoades and Clay Wilks.

The winner of tonight's game will be alone in first place with one game left to play. The loser will fall into second and could find themselves tied with North Lamar, which is 5-3 and plays 0-8 Lindale tonight.

Going into action today, five of the district's six teams are still alive for playoff contention. Paris (4-4) and Mount Pleasant (3-5) face each other tonight, and the loser will likely be eliminated.

The winner of tonight's game between SSHS (15-9 overall) and Texas High (15-8) will clinch a playoff berth, and the loser could also, depending on what else happens in the district.

On the mound for Sulphur Springs will be junior Kevin Mabe (4-3 record, 2.04 ERA). Mabe also started the first game against Texas High and gave up two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

At the plate, Sulphur Springs is paced by Brittan Diamond (.446 average, 13 extra base hits, 18 RBI), Colby Strain (five home runs, 17 RBI) and Clay Wilks (.354 average, 16 walks).

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