First baseman Andrew Brown of the Denton Outlaws and righthander Austin Creps of the McKinney Marshals have been selected as the D-Bat Texas Collegiate League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July, the league office announced Monday.
Brown, who is entering his sophomore year at the University of Nebraska, batted .389 (35-90) with 12 home runs and 31 rbi in 26 games in July. The righthanded batter scored 20 runs and had six doubles in helping lead Denton to a first place finish in the Rogers Hornsby Division.
For the summer Brown, who is from Carrollton, Texas, hit a TCL record 13 homers and led the league with 39 rbi while batting .311 in 42 games.
Creps, who will be a junior at Texas A&M, was 3-1 with a 2.35 era in five July starts as McKinney earned its second consecutive playoff appearance in the Tris Speaker Division. The righthander from Spring, Texas allowed just eight earned runs with 38 strikeouts in 30.2 innings and went 3-0, 1.29 in his final four outings in the month. Creps was 5-1, 1.72 in ten games/nine starts overall this summer.
ROBBIE WINN AND JAKE ARIETTA EARN D-BAT TCL WEEKLY AWARDS
First baseman Robbie Winn of the Weatherford Wranglers and righthander Jake Arietta of the McKinney Marshals are the recipients of the D-Bat Player and Pitcher of the Week Awards for July 25-31.
Winn, who will be a junior at the University of Texas-Arlington, batted .379 (11-29) with 8 runs, 3 homers, and 10 rbi in 7 games for the playoff bound Wranglers last week. Arietta, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, clinched a playoff spot for McKinney on Sunday, allowing just one hit and one unearned run in 8 innings in a 7-1 victory over Highland Park. He retired 18 of the final 20 batters he faced. Arietta was previously named TCL Pitcher of the Week for June 6-12.
2005 TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS OPEN ON MONDAY
The 2005 TCL Division Playoff Schedule with probable pitchers:
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
Tuesday, August 2Coppell (Aaron Brown) at McKinney (Brandon Lafferty), Gabe Nesbitt Field
Wednesday, August 3McKinney at Coppell, Copperhead Field
The best of three Texas Collegiate League Championship Series begins on Friday, August 5. 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 972-747-9374 and the Weatherford Wranglers at 817-771-8882.
All tickets for the Coppell at McKinney game on Tuesday at Gabe Nesbitt Field will be priced at just $1.00 each. Tickets in Weatherford for the Denton at Weatherford game will be priced at $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for children, 12 and under.