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The Coppell Copperheads and the Brazos Valley Bombers become playoff bound as they both clinch playoff berths with the Colleyville loss on Friday night. In the next two days, the Copperheads and Bombers will battle for home field advantage.
COPPELL 3, COLLEYVILLE 2 (GAME 1)
COPPELL6, COLLEYVILLE 1 (GAME 2)
Preston Clark singled home Pat McCrory to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving Coppell a 3-2 win over Colleyville in a seven-inning game and a lock on a Texas Collegiate League playoff berth. The game was a make up of an earlier rainout at Coppell, so the Copperheads were playing as the home team on Colleyville's field for the second time in three days, and the third time of the summer. Coppell won all three games as the "home" team and finished the season series with the LoneStars with a 6-1 margin. Coppell improved its record to 23-17 with its seventh straight win, while Colleyville fell to 17-20 on its fifth consecutive loss. The Copperheads got on the board in the first inning on a one-out home run by Brandon Belt that also scored Jonas Fester. Colleyville answered back in the top of the second, scoring a pair of runs on three hits, including Kyle Hardman's sixth double of the summer. Both teams remained scoreless for the next two innings as the bullpen took over for the starters on each side of the diamond. Rett Varner came on for Coppell in the fourth inning, replacing Clayton Ehlert, and Sean Devine took the mound for Colleyville to start the bottom of the fifth, in place of Sam Murphy. Coppell's first two batters in the fifth, McCrory and Sean Jones, greeted Devine with singles. Devine retired the next two hitters before placed a hit into right centerfield to score the winning run. The loss dropped Devine's record to 3-2, while Varner moved to 2-1 with the win. McCrory moved from second base to the pitcher's mound for the last two innings to earn his fourth save.
Coppell acted the part of a team headed to the playoffs, while Colleyville continued its late-season struggles as the Copperheads won Friday's doubleheader nightcap, 6-1, in seven innings. The win was the eighth consecutive victory and 10th in the last 11 contests for the Copperheads as the TCL season heads toward the regular season end on Sunday. Coppell stands at 24-17, while Colleyville slips to 17-22 following its final home game of the summer. It was the seventh straight loss for the LoneStars. Coppell got on the board first, as Mikey Horn's one-out single in the second inning brought home Matt Curry, who had walked, and Paul Goldschmidt, who had doubled. Colleyville tried to answer back in the bottom of the inning, as starter Jason Stover battled his control. Stover hit Andy Revell with a pitch after retiring the first batter. Billy Pinkerton singled Revell to second and Revell then moved up and scored on two different wild pitches. Stover escaped the inning without further damage, but gave way to Garrett Clyde in the bottom of the third after Coppell added two more runs in the top of the inning on Matt Curry's league-leading seventh home run of the summer. Horn homered in the top of the sixth to bring in Coppell's final two runs and his second and third rbi of the game. Clyde (2-1) earned the win with four scoreless innings while LoneStar starter Charlie Blackmon (2-1) took his first loss of the summer.
MCKINNEY 8, DENTON 1 (GAME 1)
DENTON 2, MCKINNEY 1 (GAME 2)
The Denton Outlaws and McKinney Marshals played a double header with major playoff implimcations Friday night at Falcon Field.Each team threw their ace starter to start the double dip, Justin Murray for McKinney and Trevor Harden. McKinney scored thrice in the thrid on the strenght of four weakly hit infield singles. While McKinney's bats kept finding the right holes, Murray silenced the Outlaws offense working 5.2 scoreless innings. Tyler Ladendorf was the one Outlaws who did not have a problem with the Marshals' staff, going 3-4.
Denton came through in game two of a heated double header. The game got off to an exciting start with McKinney Head Coach Kyle Hope getting ejected after two pitches, arguing a called play at thrid base.Denton planned to throw every available pitcher in this game, as a loss would mean near playoff elimination. Juston Street was called on to start the game and the three year Outlaws took to the challange of his first career start. Street worked 5.1 scoreless innings. Heath Pugh and Jose Hernandez drove in the two Outlaw runs, but it proved to be enough. Closer Jameson Maj finshed the game, preserving Denton's win and playoff hopes.
MINERAL WELLS 8, WEATHERFORD 5
Ryan Goins simply has the Weatherford Wranglers number. Goins, who has hurt the Wranglers time and time this season, struck again Friday night at Pratt Field. After Weatherford scored four runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game 5-5, Goins hit an eighth inning bases-loaded double to left-center, clearing the bases and providing the winning runs in a Mineral Wells 8-5 triumph. Taylor Rogers gave the Steam a quality start on the mound, going six-and-one-third innings and scattering seven hits. Rogers allowed five runs with only one being earned. Rogers, the team leader in strikeouts for the summer, added to his total after fanning nine Wranglers. Tyson Bagley finished the final two-and-two-thirds innings, allowing two hits but striking out three. Bagley got the win to improve his record to 2-2 this season. Mineral Wells posted their eight runs on nine hits to improve to 12-29
on the year. Weatherford drops to 18-22 with the loss.
DUNCANVILLE 9, BRAZOS VALLEY 1
Duncanville's Brent Harris had a big night as the Deputies defeat the Bombers 9-1. Harris went 3-for-5 with three RBI on the night. The good news for the Bombers was that earlier on Friday night, the LoneStars were handed a loss which means the Bombers are playoff bound. Regardless of this news, the Bombers are still in a fight for home field advantage. Duncanville's Randall Shrouder shut down the Bomber bats going five strong innings only giving up two hits, no runs and striking out five. Jimmy Comerota also produced at the dish going 3-for-5 with three RBI.