Wildcats get going in extra innings
From Staff Reports
April 9, 2009 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats needed extra innings Tuesday night to take care of the North Lamar Panthers in a 7-1 eighth-inning victory.
"We did not come ready to play, to be quite honest," said Wildcats head coach Jerrod Hammack. "We reverted back to some of the old things that we have been doing this season. We were swinging at bad pitches, taking pitches that we should not have been taking and also pulling pitches during the game."
Wildcats senior ace Brittan Diamond threw 105 pitches in the complete-game outing, giving up eight hits with seven strikeouts and one hit batter.
"It was not one of his better outings, but you know what we expect out of him, which might be a little unfair," the coach said. "We expect him to go out there and dominate every time he steps out there. I knew the pitch count was getting up there and that we were going into extra innings.
"I had Brady Harmon in the bullpen warming up, but Brittan wanted to go back out there and finish the game. You have to admire a pitcher that wants to go back out there, and so I let him go and he got it done."
In the first inning, Diamond scored the first run of the game on a single from Jace Jackson to give the Wildcats the lead off of North Lamar starter Sinjin Smith. Jackson went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning as Panthers second baseman Zach Johnson scored to tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Wildcats took control of the game sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.
With one out, Jackson reached on a single, followed by a walk to Josh Dunn. Mason Rawson then reached on a error as Jackson came around to score for the 2-1 lead. Rawson went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Kevin Mabe then reached on an error as Dunn and Rawson scored on the play. With two outs in the inning, Brandon Whittle hit a single to left field scoring Mabe. After Jeff Beck reached on an error by the NL shortstop, Dalton Abner cleared the bases with a double for the 7-1 lead.
"They kind of made some mistakes in the inning and we mixed in a few hits and they threw some walks against us," the coach said. "We did get some big hits and Brandon Whittle got a huge hit in the eighth inning that put us ahead. Dalton Abner then hit a two-run double that put the game out of reach."
The Wildcats (10-8) wrapped up the first round of district play with a 4-1 record as they hit the road to Mount Pleasant Friday night for a 7 p.m. first pitch. SSHS run-ruled MPHS, 16-0, the first time they met.
"We need to take care of our business," Hammack said. "We were in the same situation last year and let Mount Pleasant come into our place and beat us. We feel like we have a little chip on our shoulder since that game so we are going to have to go to their place and take care of business."
Sulphur Springs 100 000 06 - 7 8 2
North Lamar 000 001 00 - 1 8 4
B. Diamond, Dunn; Smith, Parsons, White and Lane. W - Diamond 4-2. L - Smith. 2B - SS: Abner.