The Denton Outlaws have caught fire going into the final week of play.  The Outlaws are the Hornsby division leaders winning three straight to jump Wichita Falls and McKinney in the standings.

Denton took the opening game 9-1 and came back for a close-fought 2-1 triumph in the second game of the doubleheader at Pratt Field.  Game one was a continuation of a June 24 game that was rained out in the top of the fourth inning. Mineral Wells owned a 1-0 lead as the game was picked up, but Denton scored nine runs combined in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a commanding lead.  Chris McMullen started the game in June and went three innings, giving up one hit and no runs. Taylor Rogers went to the mound as the game was continued but struggled in his three innings of work, allowing nine runs and striking out two. Alex VanOeveren came in the game in the seventh and pitched the final three innings, scattering two hits and striking out five batters.  Mineral Wells’ one run came in the bottom of the first from Adam Witek, but the Steam were unable to get anything going against Kyle Watson and William Draper once the game was continued. Kyle Watson got the win, his first of the year, after five innings of scoreless baseball. Mineral Wells finished with seven hits in game one.

The nightcap was much closer, however, as Wade Mackey and Trevor Harden got in a pitching duel for the two teams.  Mackey pitched a complete game but took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits. The righthander from Baylor walked two and fanned three for his night. On the other side, Trevor Harden pitched his fourth complete game of the year and got his fourth win as well. Harden allowed just one run on five hits, walking two and striking out three.  Mineral Wells scored in the bottom of the third when Anthony Moore came in from third base on an RBI single to left from Aaron Murphree.  Mineral Wells’ lead was short-lived, though, as Denton posted a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to hold on.

The Weatherford Wranglers rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning, then added two more in the top of the 11th to beat the Wichita Falls Roughnecks 9-7 in 11 innings Saturday night at Hoskins Field.  The Wranglers (17-19) allowed five runs to the Roughnecks (21-16) in the first three innings, then held Wichita Falls scoreless until the eighth and ninth frames.  Wichita Falls appeared to regain control when John Dao doubled in R.J. Harris with two out in the eighth to grab a 6-4 lead. But Dao was thrown out in a bang-bang play at third trying to stretch the double into a triple.  In the ninth, the Roughnecks had two out with runners at second and third when Dusty Coleman rapped a single to left to score two. Coleman scored on an RBI single by Joey Butler to grab a one-run lead.  Wichita Falls answered in the bottom of the ninth as Jason Seefeld singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a Danny Slinkman double to tie the game.  In the 11th, the Wranglers added a run two on another RBI single by Butler and an bases loaded walk of Trey Crain by Roughneck reliever Corey Harness (0-2) who took the loss.  Wrangler reliever Jeremy Erben (3-1), who blew the save, pitched three innings for
the win.  The loss spoiled a strong performance by Wichita Falls starter Brian Cloud who recorded six strikeouts in seven innings. He held the Wranglers scoreless until the seventh when he allowed a three-run homer by Adam Hornung.

The Duncanville Deputies unleashed a 14-hit attack to defeat the Colleyville LoneStars, 5-2, Saturday night.Seven of the Deputies' starting lineup produced at least one hit, and Brent Harris and Kendall Horner were each 3-for-5.  Duncanville broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third, scoring two runs on four hits.  Jeremy Barfield singled and Horner doubled to drive in the runs.  The Deputies added a run in the fourth, as Matt Williams singled, advanced to third on two wild pitches and then came home on Jeremy Barfield's single to left.  Colleyville closed the gap to one in the sixth, scoring its only two runs on a single by Charlie Blackmon and doubles by Tyler Weber and Scott Lawson. Weber's hit extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest by a LoneStar this summer.Duncanville reclaimed its 3-run margin in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs on a hit batter and two singles.  Dominic Tognietti then grounded into a double play that allowed Barfield to score from third. Trey Presswood then singled to center, driving in Harris with the final run of the game.Ricky Testa (5-2) earned the win for Duncanville, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.  Jim McGonigle, Jordan Stern and Dustin Rasco each worked a scoreless inning, with Rasco notching his fifth save.  Blake Williams took the loss, the third straight for Colleyville, dropping his record to 2-3.

A late rally wasn't enough for the Marshals to overcome the Copperheads as Coppell edges by McKinney 9-7.  Coppell's Preston Clark started the game off with a bang cranking a two-run home run off Jonathan Runnells in the first inning.  Clark was one of the main sources of run production for Coppell going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.  Brandon Belt also came up big knocking in three runs including an eighth inning home run over the center field wall.  In the ninth inning, Marshals down 9-4, Trae Williams singled to score Mike Rocket and was followed by a Brandon Glover triple to bring in Brett Nommensen and Williams to come within two.  But, the Copperheads shut the door before the Marshals could do any more damage.  Mike Bolsinger was tabbed as the winning picher after seven innings of work and striking out seven.

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