The excitement of the playoff races continues as two games go into extra frames and a new team climbs atop the the Hornsby division.
WICHITA FALLS 4, MCKINNEY 3
Ryan Rummel blooped a single to right field to plate R.J. Harris for the winning run as the Wichita Falls Roughnecks claimed a 4-3 victory in 11 innings over the McKinney Marshals to take over the Rogers Hornsby Division lead Thursday night at Hoskins Field. Harris had reached for the fifth consecutive at bat when he drew a two-out walk from McKinney reliever Matt Smith. Harris stole second and advanced to third on McKinney catcher Derek Wiley's wild throw into center field. Wiley had to come on in emergency duty after Marshals' starting catcher Joe Oliveiria left with an apparent hand injury in the 10th inning. Harris' run made a winner of Jason Seefeld, who came on to pitch the final four innings while allowing one hit and striking out three to improve to 1-1 on the season.Smith took the loss for McKinney to fall to 0-1.
COPPELL 6, MINERAL WELLS 2
The Coppell Copperheads came into Pratt Field Thursday night on a four-game winning streak and, with the help of two-run homers in both the seventh and ninth innings, went home with a 6-2 victory over the Mineral Wells Steam. Mineral Wells starter James Oliver pitched seven innings and surrendered four runs on nine hits. Oliver struck out eight batters and walked three in taking his third loss of the year. Alex VanOeveren pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs on one hit. After falling behind in the top of the first 1-0, Mineral Wells tied itup in the bottom half when Aaron Murphree got on second with a doubleto right center. Bo Coffman hit a double to center field to score Murphree for the first Steam run of the night. In the bottom of the fourth inning and Coppell (14-11) leading 2-1, Bo Coffman walked to lead off and Josh Vander Hey laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Coffman to second base. Dylan Graham stuck out but headed to first when the ball was dropped by the catcher, moving Coffman to third. Finally, Bedford hit a ball to the third baseman and reached onan error, scoring Coffman to tie the game up 2-2. Mineral Wells (8-21) failed to get anything going against Coppell’s three relief pitchers the rest of the game. Ryan Sellman, who came inthe game in relief of Copperhead starter Tim Matthews, pitched the sixth and the seventh innings for his first win of the year.
BRAZOS VALLEY 5, COLLEYVILLE 4
The Bombers came from behind with three runs in the ninth inning to steal a 5-4 win from the Colleyville LoneStars at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark Thursday night. The game was decided when LoneStars second baseman Scott Lawson made two errors on one play; one fielding a ground ball that should have ended the inning but instead allowed Keith Stein to reach base safely, and the other on a wild throw home when TJ Mittelstaedt scored from second with the winning run. The inexplicable play capped a ninth inning that saw the Bombers score three runs, none of which was earned. Daman Aaron got things rolling when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Chris Wallace then gave the ball a ride to right center, where Colleyville right fielder Zak Presley tracked the ball down then dropped it, leaving Wallace at second and Aaron at third. With Wallace now representing the tying run in scoring position, head coach Kevin Moulder sent in the speedy Kyle Sisney to pinch run.Ryan Weber followed with a long fly out to left that scored Aaron and cut the lead to 4-2, but also left the Bombers with one out remaining. With the pressure on, Mittelstaedt came through with his first hit of the evening, a double off the wall in right field that scored Sisney and tied the game. Which brings us to the final play of the night. Stein hit a roller that Lawson should have handled easily, but instead he bobbled it and had no chance to catch the swift Stein at first. When he turned his attention to Mittelstaedt, he saw that the Bombers second baseman was rounding third with a full head of steam, gunning for home. Lawson then lobbed the ball over the catcher’s head, allowing Mittelstaedt to trot home with the winning run. Earning the win for the Bombers was reliever Tyler Davis (2-0), who delivered 4.1 innings out of the bullpen. Davis struck out four and walked two, surrendering one hit. Touchton lasted 4.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs, two of them earned. The win keeps the Bombers in second place in the Speaker Division and just a half-game behind the Coppell Copperheads, who also won Thursday night. The LoneStars remain in third place and slid a game and a half behind the Bombers.
DUNCANVILLE 6, WEATHERFORD 5
Duncanville's Dominic Tognietti came up big in the top of the 10th punching a single to bring home the eventual winning run in the 6-5 Deputies victory over the Wranglers. Tognietti ended the contest going 3-for-5. Steven Singer struck out two batters and walked one in the bottom of the 10th as Hunter Hewitt closed out the game facing one batter with a strikeout to earn the save. Weatherford's Spencer Jackson highlighted the Wrangler lineup as went went 3-for-5 with a home run. Eight pitchers combined were used in the extra inning affair as Jordan Stern earned the win and Dusty Coleman was given the loss.