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Division rivals battle it out on Thursday night as the races in the league become tighter and more interesting.
COPPELL 5, BRAZOS VALLEY 4
The first place Brazos Valley Bombers opened a two-game road trip against a pair of divisional foes by losing to the Coppell Copperheads, 5-4. Brazos Valley jumped to an early lead when Ryan Weber drove a two-out, two-run homer in the second inning. Following a walk to Chris Wallace, Weber drove a wind-aided fly to left that went for his first home run since the season opener. Weber greeted new reliever Derek VerHagen with a two-out single, followed by a walk to TJ Mittelstaedt. Keith Stein hit a fly to right-center and McGuirk in right field gave chase, but the wind kept the ball tailing away from him and he dropped it for a two-base error. With Weber already across in the inning, McGonigle lined a hard single through the right side to give the Bombers a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Coppell sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs to make the score 4-3. Coppell came all the way back and tied the score in the sixth. Jonas Fester singled off Touchton’s hand, then moved into scoring position on a balk. A single to right moved Fester to third and the next pitch got past Wallace to the backstop, and his throw to Touchton covering the plate was not in time as Fester tied the score. In six innings of work, Touchton allowed four runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out three. He gave way to Brice Ary, who set down the Copperheads one-two-three in the seventh. Closer Tyler Davis came on to get the B’s out of the jam, but his first pitch squirted past Wallace and allowed Brandon Belt to score and give Coppell their first lead of the game. Davis recovered to strike out Anthony Walsh and end the inning, but the damage had been done.
WEATHERFORD 2, MCKINNEY 0
Weatherford's two runs in the first inning was more than enough for the Wranglers as they shut out division leading McKinney Marshals. Zach Harwood pitched six strong innings only allowing four hits on no runs and striking out two. Jeremy Erben sealed the victory with his sixth save of the season, which puts him tied for the league lead. McKinney now slips into a tie with the Wichita Falls Roughnecks for first place in the Hornsby division and the Wranglers move ahead to be four games out of first.