Drillers win opener in District 8 tournament

From Staff Reports

July 5, 2007 - Sulphur Springs All-Stars are finding the new Little League Association to their liking as they are in the midst of district baseball play.

There were six Sulphur Springs teams in District 8 All-Star tournaments, and five of them advanced to the Championship Rounds in

their respective divisions. Three of those five are in semifinal games and one has advanced to a district championship game.

The Junior Leaguers (13-14-year-old) from Sulphur Springs will face North Garland in a semifinal match-up that is scheduled to be played at Eagle Stadium in Sulphur Springs at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Little Leaguers (11-12-year-old) from were eliminated in pool play by Carrollton, 12-11, on Wednesday in come-from-behind fashion.

The 11-and-under team rolled past South Garland and Dallas by scores of 7-3 and 19-9 respectively. They will face Wylie at noon Saturday for the district championship.

In the 9-10-year-old tournament, all three Sulphur Springs

teams advanced to the Championship Round. The SS Drillers defeated

McKinney 11-0 Wednesday afternoon and will face The Colony Thursday night at North Garland's Holford Park in a semifinal match-up.

The Drillers, who won their pool in the District 8 preliminary tournament, put up their first three runs in the second inning on hits by Hunter Coleman, C.J. Stephens, Cain Cody and Larry Pryor Jr. The Drillers added seven more runs in the third inning, batting through the order 1 1/2 times, with help from hits by Will Sant, Ben Brooks and Kade Hudgins.

The game lasted just four inning due to the 10-run rule.

On the mound, Hudgins, Brooks and Stephens allowed just three hits in the game. At the plate, Pryor and Coleman each knocked out three hits.

The SS Roughriders and the SS Thunder had to face one another in their first game of the Championship Round. The Roughriders came out on top in a close one, 6-4. The Roughriders will now face Farmers Branch in a semifinal contest at Central Park in South Garland at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. If both

the Drillers and the Roughriders win their semifinal games, then the

district championship will be played in Sulphur Springs Friday night if the

condition of the field at Coleman Park is playable. If not, the game will

more than likely be played in the Garland area.

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