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Mineral Wells, Coppell and McKinney end the first half of the TCL on the rise as they complete a victory on Sunday.
MINERAL WELLS 7, DUNCNANVILE 3
Mineral Wells combined an 11-hit performance from its bats with six innings of one-hit ball from starting pitcher Brett Lester to defeat the Duncanville Deputies 7-3 at Panther Field Sunday night. Making his first start this season, Lester gave up just one run and one hit through six innings pitched to get his first win. Lester, who did struggle early with control, walked five batters in the game but ended up with six strikeouts. Tyson Bagley pitched the seventh and eighth innings and gave up one hit and two runs. Andy Womack came in to pitch the ninth and faced four batters to close out the ballgame. Mineral Wells posted 11 hits and seven runs off of four Deputy pitchers. Catcher Dallas Tarleton had the hot bat, going two-for-four with two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored. Zach Gardner, Aaron Murphree and Trent Blanchard each had two hits as well during the evening. Duncanville (8-10) did own a 1-0 lead early in the game after Jimmy Comerota scored on an RBI sacrifice flyout from Jason Dabbs. However, Mineral Wells (6-14) scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and then one in the sixth to take control of the game.
MCKINNEY 6, WICHITA FALLS 3
The McKinney Marshals collected four unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to hand the Wichita Falls Roughnecks a 6-3 loss Sunday night in a battle between the top two teams in the Rogers Hornsby Division of the Texas Collegiate League. The Marshals (12-4) took advantage of three Roughneck errors in the sixth along with a two-RBI double by Derek Wiley that broke open a close game. The Roughnecks (12-7) had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning following a Chris McGuire RBI ground out, but couldn't hold McKinney back. The Marshals Mark McCain (3-1) got the win in relief, allowing just one hit in three innings, while Mike Lee struckout four in notching his first save. Wichita Falls reliever Robert Young (2-2) was tagged with the loss.
COPPELL 5, COLLEYVILLE 4
The home venue changed for the night, but there were no complaints from the Coppell Copperheads Sunday night as they defeated the Colleyville LoneStars, 5-4. Sunday afternoon's showers rendered the Snake Pit, Coppell's usual home field, unplayable. The two teams agreed to move the game to Colleyville, but kept the Copperheads listed as the home team.Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Sean Jones doubled to drive in Jonas Fester to give Coppell a 1-0 lead. Colleyville answered back by starting the sixth inning with three consecutive hits. Zak Presley tripled and was driven in on a single by Austin Knight. Tyler Henley then blasted his second home run in his second game of the season to give the LoneStars the lead, 3-1.Coppell rebounded in the bottom of the frame to score four runs, keyed by a two-run double by Fester. The LoneStars brought the margin back to one with a single run in the seventh, but three Coppell relievers were able to hold the Colleyville offense at bay the remainder of the night.Tim Matthews threw six innings to earn the win, moving his record to 3-0 for the season. Will Weidig (3-1) suffered his first loss of the year. Derek VerHagen tossed a perfect ninth for Coppell to earn his first save of the season.