After tough tournament, Freshman baseball goes 3-0

From Staff Reports

Mar. 20, 2007 - After going 0-2-2 in the Greenville Tournament against Garland Lakeview Centennial JV, McKinney North, Prairiland JV, and McKinney Boyd, the SSHS freshmen baseball team got back on track with a doubleheader sweep at Forney on Saturday and run-rule victory over Edgewood JV on Monday.

The Wildcats are now 8-2-2 and return to action on Friday against Mount Pleasant in the District 11-4A opener.

Game 1: SSHS 5, Forney 0

The Wildcats got on the board early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. That turned out to be plenty of offense as pitcher Bryce Jenkins (3-1) needed just 66 pitches and gave up only one hit and three walks in shutting the Rabbits out for five innings.

Offensively, the Cats were led by Jake Spataro (3-for-3, two doubles, two runs scored) and Colby Suggs (3-for-3, three RBI). Lead-off batter Conner Brackhahn added a hit and drew a walk, scoring twice.

Game 2: SSHS 5, Forney 4

Tied at 4-4 after four innings, the Wildcats pushed across the winning run in the top of the fifth. Suggs and Tyler Higginbotham smacked back-to-back singles to set the table for Kade Wimberly, who came through in the clutch with an RBI single that turned out to be the game-winner.

Higginbotham finished the game with two hits, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Suggs went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI. Wimberly was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a triple.

Suggs (3-0) pitched a complete game.

SSHS 17, Edgewood JV 4

The Wildcats scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning on four hits, three walks, and an error. The fourth inning turned even uglier as SSHS scored eight more runs on two hits, four walks, three errors and a hit batter. When the game was over, the Wildcats had scored 17 runs on eight hits, 11 walks and four batters reaching base via error.

After a rough second inning, SSHS starting pitcher Jake Dugan (2-1) battled back to strike out six in four innings. Suggs once again led the team on offense with a pair of hits, a sacrifice fly, two RBI and a run scored. Josh Halcomb added an RBI double, and lead-off batter Conner Brackhahn reached base four times via base-on-balls.

Others with a base hit were Spataro, Higginbotham, Kade Wimberly, Dugan, and Shelby Williamson. Relief pitcher Mason Morton closed out the game on the mound facing just four batters in the process.

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