At Graham, Brian Spears big night at the plate and Jordon Streets dominant performance on the mound helped Denton clinch the Rogers Hornsby Division crown with a 4-3 triumph over Graham on Thursday at Steer Stadium.
The Outlaws won the division title in the franchises first season in the TCL. Denton leads second-place Weatherford by five games with three games to play.
Spears home run in the top of the fifth gave Denton the lead and Street did the rest. Spear went 3-for-5, while Street (1-1) didnt allow a baserunner and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings of relief work.
Graham did all its scoring in the bottom of the first, capped by Steve Ptaks two-run homer.
Coppell 3, Euless 0: At Coppell, Aaron Brown pitched Coppell to the Tris Speaker Division title with command performance at the Snake Pit.
Brown (3-0) allowed four hits and struck out nine in eight innings as the Copperheads wrapped up the franchises first division championship and second playoff berth. Coppell leads second-place McKinney by four games with three to play.
Steve Robison had three of Euless four hits. The LoneStars missed an opportunity and still trail McKinney by one game for the divisions second playoff berth. Euless travels to McKinney tonight.
Mineral Wells 6, Weatherford 5: At Weatherford, Mineral Wells scored twice in the top of the 12th inning to deny Weatherfords bid to clinch a playoff spot at Roger Williams Park.
Todd Sebek drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Ben Burum followed with an RBI double to give the Steam a two-run lead. Clay Britton got one of those runs back on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th, but Wesley Dorsett (4-0) got a game-ending groundout to strand the tying run on second base.
Stephen Bradshaw was 3-for-5 for Mineral Wells. For Weatherford, Clint Arnold was 3-for-6, while Joe Newman, Travis Reagan and Brendan Rubenstein had two hits apiece.
The Wranglers control their own destiny with a 1½-game lead over Mineral Wells.
Highland Park 6, McKinney 2: At McKinney, Daryl Madays complete-game effort and a four-run eighth inning led the Blue Sox to their fourth consecutive victory.
Maday (4-2) struck out 10 and allowed six hits. Stephen Puhl, Jarod Freeman and Ryan Hill had RBI singles as the Blue Sox broke open a 2-2 game with four runs in the eighth.
Austin Creps gave McKinney seven strong innings, striking out nine. The Marshals have lost four in a row.
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