Little League district final is all Hopkins County

From Staff Reports

July 10, 2007 - GARLAND - The District 8 Little League championship for 9-10-year-olds came down to a pair of Sulphur Springs teams on Saturday.

The SS Drillers, coached by Kevin Hudgins, ended up beating the SS Roughriders, 13-0, and will advance to the Sectional tournament in Fort Worth, where they will play at 6 p.m. Thursday.

In the first inning, singles by Cain Cody, Kade Hudgins, Tyler Williams and Hunter Coleman plated four runs for the Drillers. They added nine more runs in the second as C.J. Stephens, Williams and Cody all doubled and Carter White and Ben Brooks added singles.

For the Roughriders through the first two innings, Garrett Jones and Cole Cooper both drew walks. Jones also turned a double play in the third to help keep the Drillers scoreless in the third and fourth innings.

The Roughriders had their first hits of the game in the third by Logan Merrell. They added two more hits in the fourth by Matthew Calhoun and Ryan Ferguson.

Pitchers for the Roughriders were Dillon Carpenter and Dylan Reed. For the Drillers, Larry Pryor Jr. and Coleman both pitched.

Semifinals

Drillers 18, The Colony 9

The Drillers banged out 20 hits and scored in each inning. Pryor led the offensive attack by going 5-for-5 with two doubles. Stephens went 2-for-3 with a double, Cody had three hits, two of them doubles, and Ethan Phillips had three hits.

On the mound for the Drillers were Hudgins, Brooks, Coleman, Pryor, Stephens and Zach Terry.

Roughriders 12, Farmers Branch 8

The Roughriders, coached by Sotero Ramirez, exceeded expectations to make it to the championship game since they are all 9-year-olds playing in a tournament of predominately 10-year-olds.

Cooper led the Roughriders' attack with a stand-up triple, while Ferguson added a double, and Jones, Tanner Ramirez, Hunter Powers and Carpenter all had singles.

On the mound was Ramirez and Daniel Riera. Outstanding defensive plays were made by Ferguson, Powers, Riera and Calhoun.

Game 1

Roughriders 13, Carrollton 11

Powers powered the Sulphur Springs offense with a grand slam, while Jones, Reed, Ferguson and Riera all had run-scoring hits. Carpenter and Ramirez both pitched.

Game 2

Roughriders 8, Garner Garland 5 

Jones, Riera, Ferguson and Merrell all had RBI-producing hits for the Roughriders. Ramirez and Jones held Garland in check on the mound.

Outstanding defensive plays were noted by Reed, Cooper and Merrell. 

Game 3

Roughriders 6, SS Thunder 4

Cooper, Powers, Ferguson, Jones and Carpenter all drove in runs with hits. Carpenter, Reed and Riera saw mound duty. Outstanding defensive plays were registered by Jones and Ramirez.

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