Kip Masuda slams two home runs and Danny Hernandez collects four hits in extra-inning win by Bombers.
McKinney, TX (July 19, 2008) –
The game seemed as though it would never end tonight in McKinney, Texas, but the Bombers came through with a 7-6 win in extra innings. Kip Masuda hit two home runs and Danny Hernandez was 4-for-6 with two doubles and the game-winning RBI for the Bombers, who improved to 16-18 on the season.
The famous words uttered before every episode of “ABC’s Wide World Of Sports” spoke of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
In the last two games, the East Texas Pump Jacks experienced both, and against the very same opponent.
24 hours after dropping a hard-luck decision to the McKinney Marshals, the Pump Jacks earned a measure of redemption, taking a 5-3 extra-inning victory in McKinney. The Jacks scored two runs in the top of the tenth to up their record to 4-0 in extra inning games.
Sam Strickland pitched eight strong innings, but the Bombers were unable to put a run across the board as they lost to the Coppell Copperheads 3-0. Taylor Davis hit a three-run home run in the first inning to put the Copperheads on top and that’s where the score stood for the rest of the game. The Bombers missed Todd Cunningham, who sat out his third consecutive game with a lower back strain.
The Copperheads never looked back after Davis crushed Strickland’s second pitch of the at-bat over the left field fence to go up 3-0. The Bombers threatened several times with runners in scoring position, but they were never able to make the clutch hit. Taylor Zambreski had his second consecutive multi-hit game for the Bombers since joining the team and made several outstanding plays in left field. He will be serving as the everyday left fielder now that Tyler Huelsing is gone for the summer. Huelsing is headed back home to Tennessee to have his wisdom teeth pulled and will not be back in time for the playoffs. Continue reading →
Coppell starting pitcher Rhett Varner kept the hot Marshals bats in tact on Wednesday, pitching 6 and 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. Coppell (14-18) defeated McKinney (19-12) at The Gabe 4-2.
Digger Towe (UAB) broke up the no hitter with two outs in the seventh inning with a hard, line-drive single to right field. The Marshals finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when Myrio Richard (Prairie View A&M) doubled home Joe Oliveira (Pacific) and Chuck Opachich (Jacksonville) for the only runs of the evening for McKinney.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Jake Smith (Alabama) was 3-3 with a double and a grand slam and drove in 6 runs as the Marshals (19-11) routed Coppell (13-18) on Tuesday night 11-2 in a game that only lasted five innings due to lightening.
Smith’s grand slam came in the first inning and capped a five-run inning for the Marshals. Myrio Richard (Prairie View A&M) was 3-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI as the Marshals scored double-digit runs for the third straight game.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
History was made at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark tonight, as the Brazos Valley Bombers and East Texas Pumpjacks battled down to the wire on Kids Eat Free Tuesday. Although the Bombers fell 12-9, Trey Sperring became the first Bombers player to hit a grand slam at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark.
The Pumpjacks blasted quickly out of the gates with five runs in the first inning. After Nate Bryan hit a two-run single to put the Jacks on the board, Paige Hodges slammed Shaun Siebert’s 0-1 pitch over the left field fence with two runners on base to extend the lead to 5-0.
A night after falling 12-3 to McKinney, the Bombers struggled again as they were defeated 15-5. Despite the team’s troubles, Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark was hopping with excitement as fans took part in Sunday Bingo and watched KaBoom dance to “Hokie Pokie” and “I’m a Little Teapot.”
The Marshals collected 18 hits and scored 15 runs as they completed the two game sweep of the Bombers. Zach Grichor kept his hot hitting going for the Bombers, as he went 2-for-4 with a run, walk, double, and two RBI. The Bombers will be back at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark on Kids Eat Free Tuesday to face the East Texas Pumpjacks. Shaun Siebert will be on the mound for the Bombers as they try to get another winning streak going.
The Bombers will be back at the Ballpark on Margaritaville Wednesday, featuring $2 Margaritas, Daiquiris, and Landsharks as they wrap up their series with the Pumpjacks.
Scott Copeland made potentially his last start of the Pump Jacks’ inaugural season Saturday night and he made it count, pitching seven shutout innings in a 5-0 whitewash of the Coppell Copperheads.
Copeland, a sophomore who starred for at Panola College the last two seasons, will be heading to Southern Miss beginning next fall. The Golden Eagles would like to minimize the number of innings for Copeland, who was the top starter for Panola this past spring. As a result, the White Oak native is not expected to make another start for the Pump Jacks this summer.
FROM PRESS RELEASE
Kilgore, TX (January 16, 2008) – “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” will have a new ring for East Texas residents beginning this summer, breathing new life into an ageless Kilgore landmark.
A new summer collegiate baseball franchise is coming to East Texas this summer, it was announced at a press conference this afternoon. The new team will play at Kilgore’s Driller Park, returning a summer baseball franchise back to the ballpark for the first time since 1950. Continue reading →
The Alexandria Aces recently sent us an update on some of their plans for the 2008 season. The Aces have announced the 2008 roster which is headlined with players from around the country like Rutgers and Wake Forest to name a few. Continue reading →