Deputies first win
It was a night of firsts in the TCL as the Duncanville Deputies got their first win of the season and Coppell Copperheads were handed their first loss. There were also some standout pitching performances last night. McKinney's Justin Murray allowed only four hits and one earned run over seven innings and Duncanville's Brent Harris also went seven strong and didn't give up an earned run.
MCKINNEY 4, COPPELL 1
McKinney's Justin Murray had a fantastic outing tonight Tuesday night allowing only four hits and one earned run over seven innings. Murray also fanned seven. The first batter of the game, Brett Nommensen (Eastern Illinois University), hit an inside-the-park home-run to give the Marshals an early 1-0 lead. What seemed to be an easy fly-out to left fielder Justin Howard was misread, and the ball dropped enabling Nommensen to round the bases for his first homer of the year. McKinney's catcher, Joe Oliveira (Pacific University), also provided the Marshals with some run support by going three-for-four with two RBI.Besides the second inning RBI single by Todd Gilfillan (UT), Coppell had trouble putting the ball into play and failed to produce any more runs. The Copperheads had only five hits over nine innings. McKinney's closer, Chris Wright, earned his second save of the season as he pitched the final two outs recording a strikeout and a walk.
DENTON 13, BRAZOS VALLEY 8
The Brazos Valley Bombers marched into Denton Tuesday night and cranked out eight runs on 11 hits, but the Bombers couldn't keep pace with the Denton Outlaws and fell by a score of 13-8. Once again on this road trip, offense was not an issue for the Bombers, and once again, it was Joseph Towns and Keith Stein leading the way. Stein, who went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored last night in his Bombers debut, went 2-for-3, scored twice, drove in a run, and stole a base against the Outlaws. But the real hitting star for Brazos Valley continues to be Towns, who entered the game batting .500 on the young season. He proceeded to pound out 3 hits in 4 at-bats, including his second home run in as many nights to move into a tie for the league lead in that category. He also drove in 5 runs to bring his season total to move into a tie with Denton's Jose Hernandez for tops in the TCL. Towns is now batting a robust .542 on the season. The Bombers jumped out to a 3-0 lead though an inning and a half, only to see Denton bat around in the second inning to tie the score. The Outlaws scored again in the third only to see the Bombers answer in the fifth. Denton took control of the game in the bottom of the fifth, though, scoring four runs and chasing Brazos Valley starter Brice Ary. Ary suffered his first loss of the season in giving up seven earned runs over 4.1 innings. The Bombers clawed back to within one in the top of the seventh inning when Towns crushed a three-run homer. But the rejoicing was short-lived, as the Outlaws responded again in the home half of the frame. Denton scored five unearned runs off of relievers Ryan Riddle and Tyler Davis to cement the victory.
COLLEYVILLE 7, MINERAL WELLS 2
Evan Bronson struck out seven and scattered six hits over six innings while the Colleyville Lonestars topped the Mineral Wells Steam 7-2 on Tuesday at Pratt Field.Four Lonestar hitters had multi-hit games but Euless was paced by catcher Tim Hartland who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.Mineral Wells starter Chris McMullen was tagged for 10 hits in seven innings of work and gave up a leadoff home run to Austin Knight to begin the game.Knight, an infielder from Dallas Baptist and future teammate of McMullen, finished the contest 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two batted in.Colleyville improves its record to 3-2 while the Steam have dropped six in a row since opening the season with a 14-2 win over McKinney.
DUNCANVILLE 7, WICHITA FALLS 0
The Deputies constructed their first win of the season topping the Wichita Falls Roughnecks 7-0 on Tuesday night in Duncanville. The Deputies pitching staff held the heavy hitting Roughnecks to zero runs and were led by starter Brent Harris who pitched seven innings of scoreless ball. The downfall of the Roughnecks came as they produced seven errors in the field. Brandon Kendrick led the Deputies at bat going 2-for-4.