A grand slam, an eight run inning and extra frames highlighted the third night of Texas Collegiate League play.
Steam's Ryan Goins
WICHITA FALLS 12, DENTON 8
The Wichita Falls Roughnecks scored eight consecutive runs in the seventh inning to spoil the Denton Outlaws' home opener, 12-8.
Roughneck leftfielder Chris Richburg knocked a bases-clearing triple for the first three runs of the inning, tying the game at 7-7. The Outlaws then sent Juston Street into the game in relief of Lance Parker. Street (0-1) was immediately tagged for six consecutive hits and allowed five runs to take the loss.
Dan McDonald (1-0) earned the win for Wichita Falls, while Ryan Miller recorded his first save with three relief innings to end the game.
Denton took an early lead in the fourth inning on a grand slam by first baseman Jeremy Gould, but the Roughnecks offensive onslaught in the seventh neutralized the blast.
COPPELL 4, MINERAL WELLS 3
Mineral Wells held a 3-1 lead after six innings but was unable to hang on as the Coppell Copperheads fought their way back to a 4-3 victory at Pratt Field Thursday night.
After scoring 14 runs in its opener against McKinney Tuesday night, Mineral Wells couldn’t find the offensive firepower to overcome an RBI single from Coppell shortstop J.D. Alfaro in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. Nick Halovanic came in for the Copperheads to record his first save of the year.
Left-hander Chris McMullen drew the start for the Steam, going six-and-one-third innings and surrendering three runs. He struck out eight Copperheads while walking just two on the night. Right-handed pitcher Alex VanOeveren relieved McMullen and Paul Goldschmidt immediately scored from third on a passed ball. VanOeveren proceeded to
walk pinch-hitter Justin Howard before being pulled in favor of reliever Brett Lester, who went the final two-and-two thirds innings and took the loss.
The Steam had taken the lead in the sixth inning when left-fielder Bo Coffman tripled to left-center field, scoring Trent Blanchard and Dallas Tarleton. However, Mineral Wells was not able to finish strong, leaving 11 runners on base in the contest.
MCKINNEY 4, WEATHERFORD 3
McKinney's first home game became a 13 inning affair with the Weatherford Wrangers.
With McKinney up 3-0 after the fourth Weatherford rallied back to take the lead at 4-3 after an Adam Hornung home run. McKinney rallied in the ninth with a help of a wild pitch to take it to exta innings. With runners on second and third Adam Muenster, who was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, brought they game winning run home to end the contest.
In releif, Mark McCain worked 3 solid innings including 8 stikeouts to get the win. Wrangler's Mace Thurman went eight strong innings giving up two earned runs on five hits and six strikeouts.