Wildcats facing T-High for district crown

From Staff Reports

April 21, 2008 - MCKINNEY - With only seven hits in his team's past two games, Sulphur Springs coach Jerrod Hammack is concerned heading into their matchup Tuesday night with the Texas High Tigers.

The Wildcats played McKinney North in a non-district makeup game on Saturday and recorded only two hits in a 10-0 loss. Dalton Abner had a double and Brittan Diamond had a single in the first inning.

"It was very disappointing," the coach said. "They (McKinney North) are leading their district right now or at least tied for it with McKinney High. We knew they were a playoff team and somebody that we might face in the second or third round of the playoffs.

"We have yet to prove that we can come back from a Friday night game and play well on Saturday. I told the guys after the game that if you want to advance in the playoffs and move this program to the next level, then you are going to have to be able to play on a Friday night and come back on a Saturday."

Hammack said after Abner doubled in the first inning, he was then picked off at second before Diamond had a chance to score him on his basehit.

Junior Brady Harmon and Abner pitched against McKinney North as the duo combined for an eight-hitter. Sulphur Springs also committed two errors.

"Brady Harmon started the game off and threw about 1 2/3 innings," he said. "He struggled with his control, and I think he walked four batters and mixed in three hits. We then brought in Dalton and he started well and got us out of a bases loaded jam. He lost his control late in the game and gave up a couple of key hits."

The Wildcats (7-1 in District 11-4A) are one game behind Texas High (8-0) going into Tuesday night's showdown at Texas High. The Wildcats (13-9) know they will not face Tigers' ace Josh Turley as he threw on Friday night and may not see their No. 2 pitcher, Slade Heathcott.

"I read that Heathcott may have pulled a muscle in his leg on Friday and now we don't know who we will face," Hammack said. "Whoever it is that we face, it is not going to matter, and we have got to swing the bats against whoever it may be. We have got to go out there and play our game and make the defensive plays.

"We got Brittan going on the mound and we feel like we are the better team. Until we prove it on the field, all the talking is not going to matter and we need to go over there and beat them and then beat North Lamar on Friday. If we can do that, then we will probably have to try and beat them again on Saturday to break the tie."

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