In the TCL contest last night pitting the Pump Jack of East Texas and the Copperheads of Coppell it was a pitcher duel between the Pump Jack Michael LaCourse and the Copperheads Riley Boening.
LaCourse went a very strong 6 inning giving up 4 hits and striking out 7 while allowing 3 walks in a no decision before giving away Ed Hurta in the 7th. Ed takes the loss after giving up a lead off single to Marcellous Biggins, Hurta comes back to get Michael Pair to fly out to center field for the first out of the inning. This brings up Robert Barbosa, who lines one to right field for a one out double to bring in Biggins for the first run of the game. The 2nd out of the inning was recorded when Jaron Shepard flied out to left field. Then a critical error by Pat McCrory allows Bryan Johns to reach first base which allows Barbosa to score the 2nd run of the inning. Travis Sample grounds out to end the inning.
Riley Boening was spectacular in his outing allowing 5 hits 1 walk while striking out 6 in getting his 2nd win of the the season. Riley for the season is 2-1 with a 2.17 era in 6 starts while working 37 innings. This is very good news for the pitching staff at Texas. Riley had his shoulder scope back in the summer of ’06 and he is beginning to turn the corner. I look for RIley to have a very nice ’09 season for Texas