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Texas Collegiate League Recap 07-09-09

Victoria Generals 10 McKinney Marshalls 5

(Dallas, TX) The Victoria Generals of The Texas Collegiate League won the second game of their 2-game series with the defending champions, Mckinney Marshalls Thursday evening, 10-5

Chase Cleveland (Henderson St.) started for the Generals, but piled up a a high pitch count through three innings of work. He left with a 2-2 tie. Lefthanded reliever, Trevor Lundgrin (Northeastern JC, Colorado) held the Marshalls at bay until the Generals bats took over. Brian Nephew had singled home Andy Russell in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. But it was the seventh when the Generals scored 5 runs to put the game away.

Garret Steward was credited with a hold, and the Generals fireballing reliever, Zach Nudding got the final four outs.

The Generals lead the TCL by two and a half games over the East Texas Pumpjacks. The Generals are on the road again tonight in Brazos Valley to take on the tough Bombers who are in third place.

The Generals will return home for a four game homestand on Tuesday hosting the Coppell Copperheads and the Brazos Valley Bombers.

Victoria 10, McKinney 5 (Jul 09, 2009 at McKinney)
Victoria………… 002 001 502 – 10 13 2 (17-9)
McKinney………… 002 000 030 – 5 10 5 (8-17)

Coppell Copperheads 7 East Texas Pump Jacks 3

Box Score

iPods are necessities when you spend a long time on a bus, and while everyone’s tastes differ, it’s fair to say that Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” isn’t on any East Texas Pump Jacks play list right now.

The Pump Jacks visited Coppell Thursday night and came up on the short end of a 7-3 decision at the hands of the Copperheads. It was the sixth consecutive road game for the Jacks and extended a season-long five game skid. The team will enjoy several days off before concluding the eight-game road swing with a pair in McKinney Sunday and Monday.

Once again, when the Pump Jacks were hoping to jump out to an early lead and swing the momentum in their direction, the opposite happened. Coppell went ahead 1-0 in the first inning, and after the Jacks tied the game in the top of the third, the Copperheads scored four more to take a 5-1 lead.

The home team pushed the advantage to 6-1 before the Pump Jacks trimmed the lead to three with a pair of runs in the sixth. But Coppell tallied another in the home half of the sixth to conclude the scoring.

In stark contrast to the East Texas stringing together hits to manufacture runs, all of the Pump Jacks runs on Thursday night came courtesy of the long ball. Cody Morrison led off the third inning with a game-tying solo shot, his second round-tripper of the season.

In the sixth inning, Daniel Gonzalez opened with a walk. He was erased on a fielder’s choice off the bat of newcomer Kyle Frasard. Ben Woodchick was replaced by Mike Petello, who promptly smashed his second home run of the season over the left field wall. The two-run shot cut the Coppell lead to 6-3, but the Jacks couldn’t muster one of their patented rallies to narrow the margin any further.

Morrison and Petello are now two of the three TCL players with two home runs on the season, joining Brazos Valley’s Joaquin Hinojosa. The Jacks’ Matt Juengel is alone at the top of the leaderboard with three homers this summer.

As a team, East Texas now has ten home runs. Not only does this figure lead the TCL, but it’s as many homers as the next two teams combined. Brazos Valley and McKinney each have five round-trippers, while Victoria and Coppell have hit four home runs each.

Starting pitcher Jared Kernodle struggled early for the second straight start. Kernodle (2-2) later found his groove and went six innings, surrendering seven runs, six of them earned, on ten hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Ian Schwalenberg came on for Kernodle to finish out the game. Schwalenberg tossed two scoreless innings, striking out one and not allowing a hit.

Morrison led the Jacks’ attack, going 2-for-4 with his solo homer. Ryan Oesterle also had two singles in three at-bats. James Stanfield, Brett Nicholas, and Petello each had one safety to round out the seven-hit East Texas attack.

The Pump Jacks will close out their season-long eight-game jaunt next Monday, then return to the friendly confines of historic Driller Park on Tuesday, July 14, to kick off an eight-game homestand that will span two weeks.

The first four-game set, against the Bombers and Marshals, will feature several fan-favorite promotions, plus a brand new offering. On July 14, when the Bombers come to town, the Jacks will hold their first Kids Eat Free night. At every Monday and Tuesday night home game for the remainder of the season, children 12 and under will receive a free hot dog, chips, and a drink just for attending the game.

Thursday, July 16, features not only the arrival of the McKinney Marshals, but the return of Thirsty Thursday. Fans are invited to beat the heat with dollar draft beers and 50¢ small soft drinks all night long.

Friday, July 17, is the Pump Jacks’ next Fireworks Friday, presented by KLTV News and The Breeze. The Jacks will light up the night sky with a spectacular post-game fireworks show. It’s one of just two remaining Fireworks Fridays on the season, so it can’t be missed!

Tickets for the Jacks’ return home and the remainder of their 2009 season schedule are on sale now. Fans may purchase tickets at the Pump Jacks office at 1100 Stone Road, Suite 120, in Kilgore, or over the phone at (903) 218-GO ET. Tickets may also be purchased online – and printed at home on any home printer – by visiting

Coppell 7, East Texas 3 (Jul 09, 2009 at Coppell, TX)
East Texas………. 001 002 000 – 3 7 2 (14-11)

Coppell…………. 104 101 00X – 7 10 0 (10-15)
Pitchers: East Texas – KERNODLE, JARED; SCHWALENBERG, IAN(7). Coppell – NOWELL, TEDDY;

Win-NOWELL, TEDDY(1-1) Loss-KERNODLE, JARED(2-2) T-2:20 A-250
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