Red Raiders take down Sulphur Springs

Robert E. Lee's Marty Antilley beats the throw to Sulphur Springs catcher Justin Owens during their game at the Rose City Classic at Mike Carter Field on Friday. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Robert E. Lee coach Mike Pirtle almost needed a double take when looking at the scoreboard entering the fourth inning.

The Red Raiders had scored five runs — on one hit.

Lee tacked on another run and added a few more hits to complete a 6-4 win over Sulphur Springs on Friday at Mike Carter Field.

“You look up and we’ve got (that many) runs on just one hit,” Pirtle said. “But for the most part that is how we are going to have to play.”

Their game was one of many on Day 2 of the 21st Annual Rose City Classic, but it was the only one that went the distance. 

In the other three prior, the scores were: Hallsville 14, Central 0 (5), Hallsville 12, Sulphur Springs 0 (5), Forney 12, Kilgore 0 (5).

Zach Flanagan pitched 6 2-3 innings for the win, allowing no earned runs off five hits with seven strikeouts. Ross Himes entered with two outs and two runners on to induce a flyout to end the game.

Lee had six stolen bases and two sacrifice flies, while Travis Miller provided the big hit the night, a two-run double to left field in the third. 

It was REL’s only hit up to that point.

Douglas Kinsey reached base three times, once on a walk and twice on errors and scored two runs.

Kinsey scored on a sacrifice fly from Flanagan in the first inning to give Lee a 1-0 lead.

The floodgates opened in the third. Kinsey led off with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Trace Reed then tried to hit a sacrifice bunt to move him over, but a bad throw led to Reed reaching and Kinsey scoring. 

A walk to Flanagan set the stage for Miller, who drove in both when he laced a double to left field. Lee courtesy runner Marty Antilley later scored on a fielder’s choice from Blake Korthauer to make it 5-0.

The Red Raiders tacked on a sixth run in the fifth when Flanagan doubled and scored on an RBI single by TravisYanker.

Flanagan cruised through the first five innings, but allowed two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Both times, he should have been out of the innings with no damage, if not for errors.

“He got a little tired at the end and gave up a few runs,” Pirtle said. “I thought Zach pitched a great game.”

Game 10

Robert E. Lee 6, Sulphur Springs 4 

S. Springs0000022—454

Lee        104 010x—662

Kris Ford, Kason Matthews (6) and Justin Owens; Zach Flanagan, Ross Himes (7) and Travis Miller. W – Flanagan. L – Ford. SV – Himes. 2B – SS: Cole Hill; REL: Flanagan, Miller. SB – SS: Hill, Larry Pryor; REL: Trace Reed, Flanagan, Marty Antilley, Blake Korthauer, Tanner Bandel (2).

RECORDS — Sulphur Springs 1-2; Robert E. Lee 2-2.


Game 7

Forney 12, Kilgore 0

Forney             440    31   —   12  11   0

Kilgore            000    00    —    0    3   4

Jake Morrison and Ty Hawkins; Mason Nestleroad, Cody Duncan (3) and Colton Slayter. W – Morrison. L – Nestleroad. HR – F: Jace Reese (fifth inning).

RECORDS – Forney 2-0; Kilgore 1-2


Game 8

Hallsville 14, Central 0

Central            000  00 — 0  3  4

Hallsville         154  4x — 14  14  0

Colby Allen, Tyler Vinson (2), Clay Crawford (4) and D.J. Johns; Coby Weaver and Ronnie Gideon. W – Weaver. L – Allen.

RECORDS – Central 0-3; Hallsville 2-1


Game 9

Hallsville 12, Sulphur Springs 0

Hallsville               433  02 — 12  10  0

Sulphur Springs     000  00 — 0  1  2

Connor Reich and Jesse Hanson; Jenner Jackson, Connor Cooper (4) and Justin Owens. W – Reich. L – Jackson. 2B – Je. Jackson.

RECORDS – Hallsville 3-1; Sulphur Springs 1-1.

21st Annual Rose City Classic

At Mike Carter Field


Forney 10, Hallsville 1 (at UT Tyler)

Sulphur Springs 5, Nacogdoches 2

Nacogdoches, 6, Robert E. Lee 5, 8 innings

Carthage 9, Kilgore 3

Kilgore 10, Central 8

Robert E. Lee 10, Central 0, 5 innings


Forney 12, Kilgore 0, 5 innings

Hallsville 14, Central 0, 5 innings

Hallsville 12, Sulphur Springs 0, 5 innings

Robert E. Lee 6, Sulphur Springs 4

Carthage vs. Nacogdoches (n)


Forney vs. Sulphur Springs, 10 a.m.

Forney vs. Carthage, 12:15 p.m.

Robert E. Lee vs. Kilgore, 2:30 p.m.

Central vs. Carthage, 4:45 p.m.

Hallsville vs. Nacogdoches, 7 p.m.

* — Game played at UT Tyler’s Irwin Field.