ROGERS HORNSBY (0-3) VS. TRIS SPEAKER (3-0)
July 9, 2007 at Lupton Stadium on the campus of TCU
The fourth annual Brookshire’s-McCormick Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game, on Monday, July 9, at 7:00 pm (CDT) at Lupton Field on the campus of TCU, promises to be a true showcase of the league’s deep and talented rosters.
The battle between the stars of the Tris Speaker and Rogers Hornsby divisions, which will be televised by FSN Southwest (please check local listings), will kick-off with an exciting clash of big bats during the PlainsCapital Bank Home Run Derby beginning at 6 pm. to be followed by the All-Star game at 7 pm
The All-Star festivities also include various other functions from infield to pregame warm-ups to full-roster player introductions. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., and any remaining tickets will be on sale at the ticket office starting at when the gates open.
Highlighting the Rogers Hornsby division squad is McKinney Marshals flamethrower Justin Murray from Kansas State. Murray has been impressive in every outing this summer posting a 3-0 record with a miniscule 0.39 ERA, 25 strikeouts and only one walk in 23 innings pitched. Weatherford Wranglers first baseman Adam Hornung from McLennan College leads the Hornsby sluggers with a league leading four home runs and 11 RBI.
On the Tris Speaker division roster, look out for Brazos Valley ace Casey Whitmer, who pitched for Florida State last spring. The Kilgore, TX native has been nearly unhitable leading the league in strikeouts with 44, which is 19 more than the next closest pitcher. Colleyville’s Kyle Hardman from Cal-State Fullerton leads the division in RBI and will be a big bat in the Speaker lineup.
Familiar faces grace both rosters this season with repeat TCL All-Stars. Wade Mackey (Baylor/Mineral Wells), Tyler Weber (Colleyville/Wichita State), Brandon Moss (Colleyville/Oklahoma), Jason Seefeld (Wichita Falls/Texas Tech), Kevin Croft (Denton/SFA) and Jose Hernandez (Denton/UTSA) all have been selected to their second consecutive TCL All-Star game.
Schedule for Fourth Annual Brookshire-McCormick's Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game - Monday, July 9, 2007 – Lupton Stadium on the Campus of Texas Christian.
(All Times CDT)
4:00 pm - Gates Open
4:00-4:40 pm - Hornsby All-Stars BP
4:40 pm - Team Pictures in Outfield
4:50-5:30 pm - Speaker All-Stars BP
5:30-5:40 pm - Hornsby All-Stars Infield
5:40-5:50 pm - Speaker All-Stars Infield
6:00-6:30 pm - TCL All-Star Home Run Derby
6:35-6:45 pm - Field prep
6:45 pm - On-Field Introductions
7:00 pm - National Anthem/Ceremonial First Pitch
7:00 pm - Umpires at Home Plate
7:00 pm - FSN on air
7:07 pm - First Pitch
PlainsCapital Bank Home Run Derby Participants:
Adam Hornung (Weatherford)
Kyle Hardman (Colleyville)
Brent Harris (Duncanville)
Derek Wiley (McKinney)
Jason Seefeld (Wichita Falls)
Mark McGonigle ( Brazos Valley)
A RANGER STANDOFF
You remember them as teammates on the 1996 AL West Champion Texas Rangers squad. Eleven years later, they will be on the opposite side of the diamond facing off as the managers of the 2007 Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game. Rusty Greer and Mike Henneman were key elements in the Ranger’s 90-win season, but how will they adjust from being MLB stars to being an All-Star skipper?
Greer manages a Tris Speaker Division roster full of bright young stars. He will have the pleasure of starting Brazos Valley pitcher Casey Whitmer (Florida State) on the bump. Whitmer has been nearly unhitable leading the league in strikeouts with 44, which is 19 more than the next closest pitcher. Greer will also be able to coach some of his own players including Kyle Hardman from Cal-State Fullerton, who leads the division in RBI.
Henneman has the opportunity to get out of the owners box and into the dugout. The Marshals president will be very familiar with his starting pitcher, McKinney’s Justin Murray (Kansas State). Murray has been impressive in every outing this summer posting a 3-0 record with a miniscule 0.39 ERA, 25 strikeouts and only one walk in 23 innings pitched.
Tris Speaker Manager
Rusty Greer – Colleyville LoneStars coach
Greer enters his first season with the Colleyville LoneStars, his first ever stint as a head coach. Prior to Greer signing with the Texas Rangers in 1990 after being drafted in the 10th round, he attended the University of Montevallo (Ala.) and received his summer ball experience with the Springfield Rifles in the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
The Rangers’ crowd favorite literally laid his body on the line with spectacular catches in the field and daring base running during his nine-season baseball career from 1994-2002. He was among American League rookie leaders in ’94 with a .314 batting average, 16 doubles, 10 homers, and 46 RBIs in 80 games. From 1995-99 Greer averaged just under 20 homers per season (93 in five years), drove in 100 or more runs three times, had a slugging percentage at or near .500 each season, and was among the Top Three in almost every offensive category for Texas’ playoff-contending teams. He belted a career-high 26 home runs in ’97 and batted in 108 runs while playing in 155 games in 1998. His arm accuracy and fielding skills continued to develop throughout the late 1990s and twice he had nine outfield assists. The Ozark, Ala., native also was a key backup first baseman in three of his nine Ranger campaigns. Greer and his wife, Lauri, have three children and live in Colleyville.
Rogers Hornsby Manager
Mike Henneman – McKinney Marshals president
Former 11-year major leaguer Mike Henneman serves as the Marshals’ Team President and Pitching Coach. A native of Festus, Missouri, Mike attended Jefferson Junior College for two years where he was an all conference and all American selection in baseball. After his two year stint at Jefferson, Mike attended Oklahoma State University where he was an All American and led his team to the College World Series two years in a row. The Detroit Tigers then drafted Mike where he spent the next ten years. During his stay in Detroit, Henneman was the Rookie of the Year in 1987, selected to the All Star team in 1989, and is currently the Tigers all time leader in saves with 154. After a year with the Astros and Rangers, Mike announced his retirement at the end of the 1996 season. In 2001, Mike was placed on the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
After retirement from baseball, Henneman started the North Texas Red Hawks amateur baseball club for his two sons. What started out as two team operation grew into more than 15 teams ranging in ages 8-18. When Mike was approached about the possibility of bringing a Texas Collegiate League team to McKinney, the decision was easy to make. Henneman hopes to provide the community with the opportunity of watching future major leaguers at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, a 75-acre facility located just north of the intersection of Alma Road and State Highway 121
PREVIOUS ALL-STAR GAME RECAPS
The Tris Speaker division (3-0) has dominated the mid-summer classic posting an undefeated record against the Rogers Hornsby division (0-3) throughout the history of the TCL.
2006- Tris Speaker All-Stars 7, Rogers Hornsby All-Stars 1
The Tris Speaker Division received standout pitching from nine different hurlers to topple the Rogers Hornsby Division 7-1 in the third annual Brookshire-McCormick's Texas Collegiate League All-Star Monday night.
Speaker pitchers scattered six hits and did not allow a RBI while striking out six Hornsby hitters and waling three. The only Hornsby Division run came on a wild pitch in the third inning.
Starter Randy Boone of Coppell (Texas) retired three of the first four men he faced with only a walk to get the mound win. Speaker's Allen Harrington of McKinney (Lamar) worked his way out of a bases loaded predicament in the second inning to preserve an early 1-0 lead for the winners.
2B Adam Ching of Duncanville (Pacific) took MVP honors in the contest with a two-run double and stolen base in the eight inning to put the game out of reach and produce the final 7-1 margin.
Ten different hitters had one hit apiece for the Speaker Division while catcher Tyler Weber of Euless (Wichita State) drove in the first run of the game in the top of the second. SS Brian Friday of Duncanville (Rice) belted a double and scored ahead of a throw on Jeff Nutt's (Coppell/Navarro JC) RBI single to give the Speaker squad all the runs it needed in a two-run rally in the third.
Weatherford's Donald Furrow (TCU) was tagged with the loss as he surrendered the lone run in the second frame. Earlier in the evening Euless' Aaron Luna (seven homers in two rounds) of Rice won the Compass Bank Home Run Derby.
2005 - Tris Speaker All-Stars 5, Rogers Hornsby All-Stars 2
The Tris Speaker Division utilized three home runs and stellar pitching to beat the Rogers Hornsby Division, 5-2, in the second annual Brookshire's McCormick TCL All-Star Game on Monday, July 10, 2005 at Gabe Nesbitt Field in McKinney . More than 1,200 fans showed up on a perfect night for baseball, showcasing the Texas Collegiate League in front of a live television audience on Fox Sports Net Southwest.
Coppell's Adam Moore was named the game's Outstanding Player after he doubled and homered in his two at-bats. McKinney’s Brett Robinson earned Outstanding Pitcher honors by striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The in-game fireworks started in the fifth with the Hornsby Division leading, 1-0. Moore and Tyler Jones launched back-to-back solo homers off losing pitcher Josh Miller to give their team the lead.
The Speaker all-stars struck again in the sixth. C.J. Ebarb was hit by a pitch with two outs, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Casey Bond's single. Greg O'Neill followed with a single to score Bond and give the Speaker all-stars a 4-1 cushion.
In the seventh, Matt Cavagnaro blasted an opposite-field home run to give the Speaker all-stars a four-run lead, which they carried to the ninth The Hornsby all-stars threatened in the ninth as Michael Harkins was hit by a pitch, Parker Dalton singled and John Ingram was plunked to load the bases with nobody out.
Bryce Cox came on to pitch and struck out Clint Arnold and Kern Watts before Clay Britton, who drove in both Hornsby Division runs, laced an RBI single that brought the go-ahead run to the plate.
Cox notched the save and Jacob Ramos, the fifth of 10 pitchers, was credited with the win after working a scoreless fifth inning.
2004 - Tris Speaker All-Stars 7, Rogers Hornsby All-Stars 3
Led by the pitching of Drew Johnson, the Tris Speaker Division recorded a 7-3 victory over the Rogers Hornsby Division in the inaugural Texas Collegiate League All-Star Classic on July 11, 2004 at Steer Stadium in Graham, Texas. Johnson, from the University of Texas and the Coppell Copperheads, retired all six batters he faced in a starting role for the Speaker Division to earn the game's Most Valuable Player Award.
The Speaker Division snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fourth inning off losing pitcher Eric Stolp of the University of Pacific and the Graham Roughnecks. McKinney's Al Quintana (Cal. St. Northridge), Colleyville-Grapevine's Damian Gomez (Pepperdine), and McKinney's Louis Alamia (UT-Pan American) all had rbi singles in that inning.
For the Hornsby Division, Weatherford's Travis Reagan of Rice homered in the fifth inning before the Speaker Division pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way.
McKinney's Randall Taylor of Dallas Baptist University earned the victory for the Speaker Division.
Mineral Wells outfielder Garrett Baker (Modesto J.C.) won the pre-game home run derby. Jim Morris, whose incredible story of making it to the major leagues was portrayed in the hit movie, The Rookie, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.