Both Colleyville and Brazos Valley have looked recharged after the all-star game. The LoneStars have won four straight as the Bombers, whose pitching staff has contructed 26 straight scorless innings, have picked up five wins in a row. Brazos Valley sits on a half-game lead in the over the Coppell and Colleyville.
COPPELL 8, MCKINNEY 5
Jeff Nutt had a huge night tonight going 3-for-3 with two RBI to help lift lift the Copperheads over the Marshals 8-5. Coppell's Justin Walker and Brandon Belt had also had a pair of RBI. Coppell's Clayton Ehlert went 5 2/3 innings while giving up three earned runs and striking out five to earn his second win of the season. Kyle Walker closed out the game for his first save of the year. McKinney's Tyler Hohman had a huge night going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored.
COLLEYVILLE 8, MINERAL WELLS 4
After two nights where pitching took centerstage, the Colleyville LoneStars used the long ball to take down the Mineral Wells Steam, 8-4, Thursday night. Three different LoneStar players each blasted a home run, a season high total for the team. The Steam also joined in the fun, adding two home runs of their own. Mineral Wells took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on two singles and two defensive errors by the LoneStars, but Colleyville, undefeated in its four games since the All-Star break, took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Chris Fox and Austin Knight singled to start the inning before Tyler Henley walked to load the bases. Brandon Moss grounded into a double play that allowed Fox to score. Charlie Blackmon then homered to right field, scoring Knight and putting Colleyville on top, 3-2. The LoneStars added three more runs in the fourth on a two-run shot by Tyler Weber and a solo blast by Andy Revell. The Steam added solo home runs by Ryan Goins in the fifth and Josh Vander Hey in the sixth, to make the score 6-4. All five home runs were the first of the season by the respective hitters. Colleyville added to its score in the bottom of the eighth as Steam relievers Alex Vanoeveren and Andrew Womack both experienced bouts of wildness, ultimately walking in two runs. Sean Devine threw five innings to earn the win for Colleyville, moving his record to 2-1. Andy Reese, Johnny Noland, Trent DeLazzer and Trevor Hurley each worked an inning in relief. The LoneStars continue to lead the TCL in walks allowed, giving up no free passes on the night. Brandon Moore (0-4) took the loss for Mineral Wells.
BRAZOS VALLEY 4, WEATHERFORD 0
Bomber pitchers extend their shutout streak to 26 innings in the win. The Brazos Valley Bombers played like a first place team Thursday night, shutting out the Weatherford Wranglers by a score of 4-0 at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark. With the victory, the Bombers extended their winning streak to five games and maintained a half-game lead in the Speaker Division over the Coppell Copperheads and Colleyville LoneStars. As has been the case throughout the streak, the story for the Bombers was pitching. All-Star Casey Whitmer led the charge, pitching seven innings of one-hit baseball. He wasn’t the devastating strikeout machine he has been much of the season, striking out three and walking four. Brice Ary relieved Whitmer to open the eighth inning and ran into trouble right away. After giving up a pair of singles, he hit the Wranglers’ Dusty Coleman to load the bases. Tyler Davis coaxed a popup from Seth Hammock that faded past the first base bag and towards foul territory. The difference in the game was that when the Bombers had the same chances, they scored a few runs. The B’s picked up two runs in the second inning, even after Joseph Towns was thrown out at the plate on Blake Walker’s double. With Walker on third, Daman Aaron grounded to the shortstop, who was so concerned with gunning down Walker at the plate that he bobbled the ball and everyone was safe. Aaron advanced to third on a Kip Masuda single, and a walk to Mittelstaedt loaded the bases. Keith Stein then grounded to the third baseman, whose wild throw to first left Stein safe and allowed Aaron to score. The Bombers added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth, again taking advantage of Weatherford mistakes. Stein led off with a single, then Mark McGonigle singled to center. Stein rounded second and headed for third, and eliciting a wild throw from the Wranglers’ center fielder that let Stein walk home. McGonigle, who advanced to second on the wild throw, moved up to third on a wild pitch, then scored on Will Basom’s sacrifice fly. The Bombers shutout was their fourth during the five-game streak, and runs the pitching staff’s shutout stretch to 26 straight innings. The shutout comes on the heels of the no-hitter thrown by Clint Helms against Coppell Tuesday night, which elevated the Bombers into first place in the division.
DENTON 6, DUNCANVILLE 0
Four Denton hitters racked up a multi-hit game leading the Outlaws to a 6-0 win over the Deputies. Denton's Steven Maxwell continued his all-star ways throwing seven innings only giving up two hits, no runs and struck out nine. Duncanville was plaugued by committing four errors in the field and being unable to produce with runners in scoring position.