SSHS baseball record stands at .500 after Saturday

From Staff Reports

March 10, 2008 - MANSFIELD - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats dropped two games this past weekend in doubleheader action against the Midlothian Panthers and the Mansfield Tigers Saturday afternoon.

Midlothian defeated SSHS 7-0, while Mansfield defeated the Wildcats 9-2 in the nightcap.

Head Coach Jerrod Hammack said he knew the competition would be one of the tougher ones they would face this year.

"Going into the games, I knew that we were about to play two teams that are probably as good as anybody we will play all year, including Texas High," Hammack said. "Midlothian and Mansfield are good ball clubs and we knew we would be challenged."

The Wildcats (5-5) are scheduled to face Class 3A Gladewater tomorrow night in Gladewater with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

"Gladewater is going to be a scrappy little 3A team. I don't think the talent level is what it used to be but their coach will have them ready to play," the coach said. "We have to focus on what we need to do and play our game and play well. We are talented enough to play the way we need to play and so far we have not got that done yet."

Against Midlothian, senior Brittan Diamond took the loss on the mound giving up eight hits, three home runs and two doubles in six innings of work. The SSHS defense also gave up one error in the game.

"Brittan threw six innings in the first game and did not throw a bad game," Hammack said. "They swung the bats well and it reminded me of the playoff series two years ago at McKinney where the ball seemed to get out of the park.

"They probably swung the bats better than any team that we are going to face this season. He will recover from this and should be fine for the rest of the season."

The Wildcats had opportunities to score runs in the first game as they had a first-and-third situation with one out, but Midlothian was able to get out of the inning as SSHS recorded only three hits in the game.

"I think their pitcher might have been a little bit better than we have been facing but he wasn't outstanding," the coach said. "We should have been able to get more than three hits on their pitcher.

"We had the opportunity to do some damage and was not able to do it. We got off to a slow start and could not answer them offensively."

Against Mansfield, the Wildcats returned senior Kevin Mabe to the lineup as he went five innings in their loss. Mabe gave up 10 hits, two home runs and one double.

"It seemed like wherever we put the ball rather it was low-and-away, up-and-in, curveball or changeups those guys could swing the bats," the coach said.

"They were swinging the bats hard and Kevin was not pleased with his performance but he has not pitched in a while. Brady Harmon came on and pitched the last two innings and I don't think he gave up a hit."

SSHS had six hits in the game as Jeff Beck reached base three times with two hits and a walk, while Dalton Abner had a double and Mabe nailed a triple.

"We tried to battle in the game," Hammack said. "I thought we hit the ball harder in the second game. Our attitude was much better in that game.

"Jeff Beck had a couple of hits and had a walk in the game and reached base three times. We had some solid hits from those three players in the game and they deserved those hits."

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