FW teams knocks out Drillers

From Staff Reports

July 23, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs Drillers couldn't get past Fort Worth University last week in the Little League's 9-10-year-old Texas West Section II tournament.

Fort Worth University handed the Drillers their two losses in the tournament, sandwiched around Sulphur Springs victories over Wichita Falls and Abilene Dixie.

In the tournament opener, the Drillers took a 7-5 lead into the sixth inning, as Will Sant hit a two-run homer in the fifth, but University rallied for three runs in its final at-bat for the victory.

The Drillers took an early 2-0 lead in the first behind hits from C.J. Stephens, Larry Pryor Jr., Tyler Williams and Ethan Phillips. In the second, Kade Hudgins singled and scored to put the Drillers ahead 3-1. But, University countered with four runs in the third before Sulphur Springs scored a run in the fourth on Hunter Coleman's double and Zach Terry's sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Cain Cody singled, Pryor tripled and Sant hit his home run on the right field fence.

In the tournament's second game, the Drillers eliminated Wichita Falls, 5-3, behind the pitching of Ben Brooks, Pryor and Stephens. Wichita Falls took a 1-0 lead into the fourth, but Sulphur Springs scored three runs that inning son hits by Stephens, Cody, Hudgins and Pryor and a sacrifice fly by Phillips. The Drillers added another run in the fifth on singles by Carter White, Stephens, Cody and Hudgins, and then pushed across the final run in the sixth on Pryor's double and Sant's sacrifice fly.

The Drillers then eliminated Abilene Dixie, 8-2, in their third game. The score was tied at 2-2 through two innings, then Sulphur Springs scored six unanswered runs in the third and fourth. In the third, Cody and Phillips singled and Coleman doubled home two runs. in the fourth, the Drillers batted through the order on the strength of hits by Stephens, Hudgins, Pryor and Sant.

Coleman and Cody pitched, holding Abilene to two runs.

Sulphur Springs then had a rematch with Fort Worth University, but never could get its offense going and was eliminated 6-0. Cody had a single and double in the game, and Stephens, Williams, Terry and Pryor all singled.

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