Highland Park 1
Jake Arietta allowed one hit over 8 innings as the Marshals advanced to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Arietta issued a 2-out single to Matt Berezay in the 1st inning and permitted an unearned run in the 2nd before retiring 18 of the final 20 batters he faced. Jose Salazar drove in 3 runs and Brandon Glover was 2-2. Rodney Brantley issued 4 runs in 5 innings and took the loss for Highland Park, which was outscored by McKinney, 25-1 in the weekend home and home series.
The LoneStars scored 4 times in the 8th and 8 more in the 9th to win their season finale. Euless finished at 27-21, a game behind McKinney (28-20) for the 2nd Speaker Division playoff spot. The Lone Stars fell behind 6-0, 4 of those runs being unearned, before the late rally off loser Coleman Moore. Tyler Weber went 3-5 with 3 rbi and Tyler Henley added 3 hits while pitching a scoreless 9th. Coppell starter Lucas Engle issued 2 runs in 6 innings with 10 strikeouts.
Chris Walsh's single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Roughnecks a weekend sweep of their series with the Wranglers. The 2 teams finished with identical 20-28 records but Weatherford earned the playoff spot by virtue of a 5-3 advantage in the season series with Graham. The Roughnecks scored 4 times in the 8th to tie the game at 5-5. Weatherford starter Russell Young issued just 3 hits and a run in 7 innings. Jeremiah Shepherd took the loss with the victory going to Tyler Soeder.
Mineral Wells 6
The Outlaws scored 2 unearned runs in the top of the 9th for the come-from-behind win. Kerr Foster won in relief with Brett Lester taking the loss. Andrew Brown homered and finished as the TCL leader with 13 homers and 39 rbi. Josh Banda was 0-4 but finished with a league best .408 average. Mineral Wells starter James Halle fanned 11 in 5 innings.
2005 TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE DIVISION PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
ROGERS HORNSBY DIVISION: DENTON (1ST) vs. WEATHERFORD (2nd)
Monday, August 1Weatherford (Bobby Bell) at Denton (Eddie Degerman), The Ballpark at Bonnie Brae
Tuesday, August 2Denton (Corey Kluber) at Weatherford (Shea Hancock), Roger Williams Ballpark
Wednesday, August 3Weatherford (Colt Hynes) at Denton (Blake Kronkosky), The Ballpark at Bonnie Brae........................7:35 p.m.*
TRIS SPEAKER DIVISION: COPPELL (1st) vs. McKINNEY (2nd)
Monday, August 1McKinney (Hunter Moody) at Coppell (Jacob Ramos), Copperhead Field............................................7:35 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2Coppell (Aaron Brown) at McKinney (Brandon Lafferty), Gabe Nesbitt Field
Wednesday, August 3McKinney at Coppell, Copperhead Field
Playoff tickets and information can be obtained by call the Coppell Copperheads at 972-745-2929; the Denton Outlaws at 940-465-0845; the McKinney Marshals at 972-7479374; and the Weatherford Wranglers at 817-771-8882.
All tickets for the Coppell at McKinney game on Tuesday will be priced at just $1.00 each.