The Sulphur Springs Wildcats traveled to Marshall Tuesday, looking to pick up their first win in district play. The Wildcats fell just short in their most recent outing, losing to Texas High at home by a score of 9-6, though the potential tying run was at the plate when the final out was made. To read more about their home loss to Texas High click here: https://frontporchnewstexas.com/2022/03/21/wildcats-fall-at-home-to-texas-high/
Sulphur Springs found themselves playing from behind early, after allowing three runs in the bottom of the second. None of the three runs were charged as earned runs to starting pitcher Matthew Sherman, as a number of errors were committed during the frame.
The Wildcats began to chip away at their deficit, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third, to make it a one-run game. After a scoreless fourth inning from both teams, centerfielder Mayer Millsap hit a solo shot to tie things up in the top of the fifth.
After five strong innings of work and with the game tied back up, Sherman’s day was done on the mound. Sherman went five innings, allowing just two hits and six walks. He also allowed three runs, though none of them were charged as earned runs.
Jake Armstrong took over in the bottom of the sixth, looking to hold on to the tie, giving Sulphur Springs a chance to go-ahead in the top of the seventh. Unfortunately, Armstrong did allow a run in the frame, putting the Wildcats down by one heading into the final inning.
Things looked like they might be going the Wildcats’ way, when Millsap drew a leadoff walk to put the go-ahead run at the plate. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Marshall was able to get a double-play, putting Sulphur Springs right back at square one and down to their final out.
Colt Sillman tried to get the rally started back for Sulphur Springs, hitting a two-out single to keep their hopes alive. Matthew Mitchell followed with his third hit of the day, an RBI double to tie things up at 4-4.
Cole Haney was up next, with the go-ahead run in scoring position. Haney came up with a double of his own, bringing in the game-winning run.
Armstrong took the mound, this time with a lead, and was able to hold on to the win for Sulphur Springs. Armstrong sat the final batter down swinging, as the Wildcats came out ahead by a final score of 5-4.
Mitchell paced the way offensively, leading the team with three hits and two RBI. Colby Albritton and Silman each had multi-hit games as well, as Albritton went 2-for-4 and Silman went 2-for-3.
Haney, Ty Stroud, Griffen Crawford and Millsap each had one hit, with Millsaps one hit being a solo homer to tie things up in the top of the fifth.
The win marks the first one in district play for Sulphur Springs. They will look to make it back-to-back when they host Pine Tree Friday. Friday’s game is set to begin at 7 p.m.