SULPHUR – With junior southpaw in control on the mound, the Sulphur Tors knocked of District 3-5A leading Sam Houston on Thursday 6-1 at McMurry Park.
Dion, who improved to 3-2 after pitching his third complete game of the season, held the normally hot bats of Sam Houston (8.5 hits per game) to just three hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
“Will was ready for the night,” Sulphur head coach Jesse Cassard said. “He asked for the ball so you have to tip your hat to him. Dion has progressively gotten better.”
After Reid Bourque scored on a two-out single by Chris Colley in the third inning, Dion allowed just one batter past third base the rest of the game.
Sulphur finally saw its bats come alive in the fourth inning with four runs to take the lead.
A leadoff single by Chance Stone and two hit batters by a normally spot on Peyton Johnson loaded the bases for the Tors with one out. Senior Brody Strahan, who has had a hot bat lately with six hits in his last five games, roped a two-run double down the left field line for a 2-1 lead.
“We stayed with it and nobody is giving up,” Cassard said “This team is getting tough.
“Now we know that we can hit a good pitcher. Our guys feel like they can hit now and that is the most important thing. Brody Strahan has stepped up for us continually. He is having a big second half of the season and he is just an awesome kid.”
While Sulphur played one of its best game of the season, Sam Houston struggled, losing for the second time in three games and missing out on a chance to clinch at least a share of the District 3-5A championship after going on an 11-game win streak.
But Sam Houston still holds a one-game lead over second place Acadiana (21-8, 7-3) with two district games left.
“We will get the ship right and we will get to where we need to be,” Sam Houston head coach Chad Hebert said. “We know we had some mistakes tonight that we have to clean up.
“When you play enough baseball, you know somebody is going to pop you. I can’t remember the last time somebody in this district went undefeated.”
Johnson lost for the first time in four district starts after allowing five runs on three hits with one strikeouts and three walks.
Sulphur will travel to Barbe (26-5, 6-3) for a 10:30 a.m. one Saturday while Sam Houston will host New Iberia (14-10, 4-5) at 1 p.m.