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Baseball at Paris for Friday Showdown

Arguably the biggest game of the year for Wildcats baseball takes place on Friday, Apr. 21.

Sulphur Springs heads to Paris in a game that directly decides their playoff fate. Coach Jerrod Hammock’s squad must win Friday if they wish to have a shot at the postseason.

The Wildcats enter Friday’s game at Paris in fifth (2-10), and have to win out to avoid a tiebreaker scenario. Winning two of three is not only possible but plausible, however, they would need help in the form of Pittsburg losing out.

Doing so does not guarantee a playoff spot however, as Sulphur Springs would then tie Pittsburg for the final postseason spot. Since the Pirates won the first two games, the Wildcats would lose the tiebreaker due to having lost the season series, thus eliminating Sulphur Springs.

So the baseball team truly must win out for any hopes of playing in May.

Most recently on Tuesday Coach Hammock’s squad hosted Pleasant Grove, and the Hawks scored early and often in a 16-0 win at Wildcat Park.

PG was held scoreless in an inning only once in their big win Tuesday, in the third, as every other one of the five saw the Hawks score three or more runs in each.

In fact, in the fifth, Pleasant Grove doubled that with a hefty six runs scored, as they went on to crush Sulphur Springs 16-0.

Kaden Mitchell, Alex Macias and Ayden Alvarez were the only Wildcats to record a hit in the loss Tuesday. The former picked up the loss in a four inning start on the mound, coughing up 10 hits and as many runs. Only seven of his 10 overseen runs were earned. Mitchell walked three and struck out four in his start.

Carter Argenbright could not get out of the fourth inning, getting two outs but surrendering five hits and six runs in the outing. Ty Robinson got Sulphur Springs through the fifth, walking one as the Hawks won big 16-0.

Coming up on Friday, Apr. 21 Coach Hammock and his squad head to Paris for their final meeting with the opposing Wildcats.

Sulphur Springs won the first two meetings 6-4 and 3-1 and hope to complete the sweep over Paris.

More importantly though, Wildcats baseball must win Friday, and the rest of the way, if they hope to play in the postseason. Pittsburg losing out, combined with Sulphur Springs wining two of their last three to tie the Pirates for the final playoff position would give the tiebreaker to Pittsburg as the Pirates still win the season series 2-1.

Sulphur Springs enters Friday’s duel in Paris in fifth, two games back of fourth place Pittsburg. Luckily for Coach Hammock’s team, the Pirates play:

  • L.E. (10-2, 2nd in district)
  • Pleasant Grove (12-0, 1st)
  • and Sulphur Springs the rest of the way

Before Coach Hammock’s team can check on the Pirates in their results Friday, they first have to complete the sweep over Paris on Friday, Apr. 21 to keep playoff hopes alive.

The duel in Paris tees off Friday at 7 P.M.


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Author: Ross LaBenske

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