Boys bring home two Little League district championships; another possible

From Staff Reports

July 9, 2007 - In the first year back in the Little League Association, Sulphur Springs All-Stars have brought home two district baseball titles with the chance for a third.

The 11-&-Under team from Sulphur Springs, coached by Scott Millsap, claimed the first District 8 title Saturday in South Garland with a 16-11 victory over Wylie. They will now advance to the Texas West Section II tournament in Abilene on July 11-15.

In the 9-10-year-old division, there was an all Sulphur Springs district finals. The Sulphur Springs Drillers, coached by Kevin Hudgins, and the Sulphur Springs Roughriders, coached by Sotero Ramirez, both advanced to the District 8 championship game by beating The Colony 18-9 and Farmers Branch 12-8, respectively.

The Drillers then defeated the Roughriders Saturday night in South Garland 13-0, giving Sulphur Springs its second district title. The Drillers will now advance to their Texas West Sectional that begins this Thursday in Fort Worth at Kelly Park. Their first opponent will come from District 7.  Because of the massive amounts of rain, that district is still playing and the three teams that remain are Fort Worth's University and Westside, along with Arlington Southwest. 

There is one other district title that is up for grabs and that is in the Junior league division. Sulphur Springs, coached by Jerry Riley, will face off tonight in Garland at Patterson Field with McKinney in the district championship. Sulphur Springs took care of North Garland with ease this past Saturday in The Colony with a 10-0 win in the semifinals. With a victory tonight, Sulphur Springs could take home three district titles in its first year after returning to Little League competition.

11-&-Under

It took extra innings in the championship game for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, but they came through with a victory in the District 8 All-Star Tournament for the 10-11-year-old division on Friday.

With the win, the Wildcats will advance to play in the Little League Section II Tournament in Abilene at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. They will play at Key City Park against the District 7 champion, which will be either Weatherford or forth Worth University.

Game 1

Wildcats 7, South Garland 3

Sulphur Springs won its opening-round game on Tuesday behind the pitching of Mason Moore and Devin Mitchell, and a big fifth-inning offensive outburst.

Moore had a stellar performance on the mound, going 5 1/3 innings before being pulled due to the 85-pitch count limit. He fanned six batters and gave up three hits. Mitchell came in to pick up the save

Offensively, Chase Friddle and Moore led off with singles in the top of the fifth with SS trailing 3-2. Cody Dennis singled, scoring Friddle to tie the score at 3. Damion Shields then doubled to knock in Moore for the go-ahead run.

Dayton Howard also had a double for Sulphur Springs.

Game 2

Wildcats 19, Dallas 9

Moore, Jessie Williams and Friddle all doubled in the Wildcats' win on Wednesday. Hank Tullis had a triple and a true inside-the-park home run. Every player scored during the game.

Cody Dennis was a standout on the mound, pitching 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Championship

Wildcats 16, Wylie 11

In the championship game on Friday, the Wildcats worked from behind the entire game chipping away at Wylie's early 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, the Cats were down 5-3 before Shields doubled and Hunter Elliott drove him home with a single. Mitchell DeYong then singled, driving in Elliott with the tying run.

After a scoreless sixth inning, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the seventh, the Wildcats erupted for 11 runs. Wylie made an extraordinary effort to come back in the top of the seventh but fell short.

Moore, Shields and Elliott all had doubles for SS.

Moore had another commanding performance on the mound going 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Hank Tullis closed the game with 1 1/3 innings and two strikeouts to get the win.

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