The East Texas Pump Jacks won more games this summer than last, finished higher in the standings, and earned home-field advantage for the playoff series in team history.
Now the Pump Jacks have to work doubly hard to achieve a different playoff result.
The Jacks opened the 2009 postseason with a loss in Coppell to the Copperheads, 7-6. East Texas had roared into the lead with a four-run sixth inning, but two Copperheads runs in the bottom of the eighth doomed the Jacks.
Down one game to none, the scene shifts to historic Driller Park for the remainder of the best-of-three series. Game Two will take place Monday night, and the Jacks must win to force a decisive Game Three on Tuesday. Lose Monday night and these Pump Jacks will suffer the same fate as their inaugural season brethren – a first round ouster at the hands of the Copperheads.
East Texas held a 6-5 lead into the eighth inning, when Jared Kernodle hit Marcellous Biggins to put the leadoff runner aboard. One out later, Jeff Emens hit a sinking liner down the left field line that escaped Kevin Hussey’s diving attempt and scurried to the wall. Biggins crossed the plate to tie the game on what amounted to the second triple of the night for Emens. Former Pump Jack Matt Curry lofted a sacrifice fly to left-center that put the Copperheads back on top. FULL STORY
Victoria Generals 4 Brazos Valley Bombers 0
(Bryan, Tx) The Texas Collegiate League’s post season tournament got underway Sunday night as the League regular season Champions traveled to Bryan for a game with the Brazos Valley Bombers.
Covey Morrow (Texas State) was stellar on the mound for the Generals as he twirled 5 no hit innings to put the Generals in position to take the first game, 4-0.
Tom Filip (Baylor) came on in relief and held the Bombers at bay for the final four innings, retiring 10 in a row at one point. Morrow got the win and Filip the save allowing only 3 hits.
The Generals got on the board in the third when Bryson Miles (Weatherford) singled, James Hipp (St. Marys) singled him to third and Mark Hudson (Sam Houston State) doubled Miles home. Then in the top of the 8th inning the Generals added on two more. Joey Kenworthy (Texas Tech) singled, Mike Davis (Lambuth U.) singled and Brian Nephew
(U. Texas/Arlington) followed with a clutch two out single to score Kenworthy. Kenny Jackson (Texas A&M) followed suit and drove home Davis. The Generals tacked on another run in the ninth, when Bryson Miles singled, advanced to third, and scored on Hudson’s line drive to the rightfielder. Hudson finished the night with 2 doubles and 2 rbi.
The Generals (31-14) lead the best of three series, 1-0 with game two slated for Monday evening at 7:05 in Victoria.