MADILL— After starting the week 0-2, the Sulphur Bulldogs headed into the weekend still searching for their first victory of the season.

MADILL— After starting the week 0-2, the Sulphur Bulldogs headed into the weekend still searching for their first victory of the season.

The search is over thanks to 12-2 victory over the Callisburg Wildcats (Texas) in their opening game of the Red River Shoot-Out at Madill high school on Thursday.

After starting slow, Bulldog head coach Mike Matlack knew his team would come around.

“We were putting the ball in play,” Matlack said. “We finally adjusted and started taking the ball the other way, not trying to overswing and things like that. I think the way we adjusted at the plate helped us later in the game.”

After a scoreless top of the first, the Bulldogs went to the plate trying to take the lead. The bats came out hot, as shortstop Taigen White got a single to start the game. After stealing second, White came around to score when center fielder Nash Matlack laced a double to the outfield. Reese Ratchford brought Matlack home following a ground out for the first out of the inning.

In the top of the second, the Wildcats got on the board against Bulldog starting pitcher Ethan Massey. 

After a lead-off single and a walk, Massey gave up a two RBI single to tie up the game with one out. The bleeding could have been worse, but Bulldog right fielder Mace Mobly threw a laser strike to home plate to gun the Wildcat runner out at home.

After exchanging zeros in the top of the second and bottom of the third, the Bulldogs blew the game wide open in the bottom of the third.

White led off the inning with a walk and quickly stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Following suit, Matlack also walked and stole second, and both runners scored on Reese Ratchford’s two RBI single. Ratchford would later score on a sacrifice fly by Carson Pettifer.

After pitching out of a jam in the top the fourth, the Bulldog offense continued to roll in the bottom of the inning. 

Four runners came around to score in the inning, with savvy base running and clutch hitting. The Bulldogs reached base six times in the inning, with three walks and one hit-by-pitch.

Given the big lead, Massey worked a perfect one-two-three top of the fifth. 

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs needed just three runs to end the game early. After Rashford knocked in his fourth RBI of the game, left fielder Logan Smith ended the game with an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

Rashford finished the game 2-3 with a walk and four RBI’s. Massey pitched five innings, gave up seven hits and struck out six.