It was a very interesting night in the TCL to say the least. The night brought us three shutouts and a suspended tie ball game due to the NCAA midnight rule.
COLLEYVILLE 2, MCKINNEY 0
The Colleyville LoneStar pitching staff tossed its second consective shutout with a 2-0 win over the McKinney Marshals Tuesday night. The LoneStars have allowed no earned runs and just two runs total in 25 innings since the TCL All-Star break. Starter Evan Bronson (2-1) earned the win as he went seven innings, allowing just three hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Trent DeLazzer worked a scoreless eighth and Kyle Brown earned his first save of the summer with a scoreless ninth. Doubles by Brett Nommensen and Derek Wiley provided the only offensive highlights for the Marshals as no McKinney runner was able to advance past second base all night. McKinney starting pitcher Justin Murray, who entered the game with a 0.39 earned run average and just one walk in 23 innings, turned in a solid performance, but the LoneStars were able to put the ball in play at critical times. Murray took his first loss, dropping his record to 3-1. Colleyville took the lead in the second inning as Charlie Blackmon and Scott Lawson lead off with back-to-back singles. Scott Livingstone grounded into a double play that allowed Blackmon to score from third. The LoneStars added their final run in the seventh as Tim Hartland drove in Lawson with a single up the middle. Centerfielder Brandon Glover let the ball get past him, ensuring Lawson could score without a throw and allowing Hartland to advance to third base.
WEATHERFORD 5, WICHITA FALLS 0
Jon Kibler (5-0) rolled along on Wednesday night pitching the Wranglers to a 5-0 victory over the Wichita Falls Roughnecks. Kibler went seven strong innings to pick up his fifth win on the season while only allowing three hits and striking out five. Zach Harwood continues his dominance out of the bullpen by pitching the final two innings without allowing a run. Buck Britton, Dillon Guillory and Joey Butler all had two hits a piece at the plate to lead the Wranglers. Weatherford (12-9) is on the road at Brazos Valley Thursday and back home for a double header on Saturday against the Mineral Wells Steam.
DUNCANVILLE 4, MINERAL WELLS 0
Jim McGonigle and two Duncanville relievers combined to limit Mineral Wells batters to three hits in a 4-0 shutout at Pratt Field on Wednesday night. McGonigle struck out seven batters and didn’t surrender a walk in seven innings before Peter Mendez and Dustin Rasco closed the door on Mineral Wells in the eighth and ninth innings. Rasco struck out the side in the bottom half of the ninth inning. Steam pitchers Taylor Rogers and Alex Van Oeveren were similarly impressive, scattering five hits and combining to fan 11 Duncanville hitters. The Steam were hurt most by walks with Rogers issuing five free passes through the first seven innings. Duncanville (9-12) collected their first hit of the night in the bottom of the second as Brent Harris singled to right to lead off the inning. Deputy first baseman Trey Presswood sacrificed Harris to second but Rogers and the Steam were one out away from getting out of the inning after Elliot Blair went down on strikes. Rogers issued his second walk of the game to Matt Williams to put two men on and Taylor Krick cleared the bases by driving the 2-1 offering into right center field. Duncanville added two runs off of Rogers in the bottom half of the seventh giving McGonigle and the Deputy bullpen more runs than they needed. McGonigle faced just two over the minimum through four innings of work. Mineral Wells (6-15) threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ryan Goins reached on an error with two outs and a double by Bo Coffman put him 90 feet from home plate. McGonigle ended the threat by inducing a ground out by Zach Gardner. Duncanville’s Jimmy Commerota and Krick each had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Aaron Murphree, Coffman and Goins had base hits for the Steam.
DENTON 9, COPPELL 9
The Outlaws and Copperheads were in a classic battle going into the 13th inning tied at nine when the clock struck midnight. Due to NCAA rules, no team can play an inning past 11:59 p.m. The suspended game will be continued at a later date to be announced.