Blue Sox hit midway point
Blue Sox hit midway point
With the Blue Sox latest three-game win streak still intact, it’s only fitting that three Plano players have been selected to this year’s Texas Collegiate League (TCL) All-Star team.
Starting pitcher Mark Doll, along with pitcher Mark Wyner and outfielder Maurice Cole will represent the Blue Sox at the 2006 TCL All-Star game.
The 2006 Brookshire’s McCormick All-Star Game will take place next Monday, July 10 at Roger Williams Ballpark in Weatherford.
Ever since Doll’s dominance over the Weatherford Wranglers last week in Plano, the Blue Sox have been on a tear n both on the diamond and at the plate.
After their 4-0 shutout over the Wranglers, the Blue Sox hit the road for a match-up against the defending champion Denton Outlaws.
But on this July 1st night, the underdog Blue Sox came out on top in a 7-6 nail-biter in which Plano’s Bill Purdy picked up his second win of the season to move to 2-2 overall while Jake Wortham picked up his first save of the season.
The Blue Sox defeated the Outlaws 7-6 in a game which saw Plano’s 3-0 lead pushed to a deadlock at 3-3 through four innings before the Blue Sox took a commanding 7-3 lead and had to hold on in the final few innings for the victory.
After Saturday’s one-run win against Denton, the Blue Sox followed with an impressive 6-0 shutout against the McKinney Marshals.
Plano’s Eric Evans pitched a complete game four-hitter against McKinney while fanning six batters to push the Blue Sox win streak to three games.
In addition to powerful pitching, Plano’s offense has also come to life after a semi-stagnant start to the season.
With the TCL season quickly approaching its midpoint, the Blue Sox couldn’t have asked for a better time for a break than the Independence Day rain-out on Tuesday night.
Plano returns to the field tonight at 7:35 p.m. at Graham Field in a re-match against McKinney.
The Blue Sox, riding a three-game win streak, are hoping to push their streak to four after tonight’s game against the Marshals.
Tonight also marks ‘Pennant Night’ at the Blue Sox game, with the first 200 fans receiving a free pennant at the front gate.
The Blue Sox currently own the longest win-streak in the TCL with three straight wins, with the Mineral Wells sitting at second in a current win-streak of two games.
In All-Star news, outfield Maurice Cole will be a starter for the Tris Speaker 2006 All-Star Team with teammate pitchers Mark Doll and Mark Wyner representing Plano in the bullpen.
Through 20 games played this season, Cole is batting .250 with one double and four runs batted in (RBI). In addition, Cole is in tied for second place in the TCL in steals with 12, sitting behind teammate Skyler Stromsmoe, who leads the league with 15 steals.
Doll currently owns a 2-1 record with a mere 0.60 ERA through four starts, pitching a complete game in two of the four while striking out 26 through 30 innings of work. In addition, Doll has only surrendered 15 hits and two earned runs on the season.
Wyner, meanwhile, owns a 1-2 record with a 3.40 ERA through four starts and one complete game. Wyner has struck out 29 of the batters he has faced through his 29.10 innings of work, allowing 16 hits and 11 earned runs this season.
Although the Blue Sox currently have the worst batting average in the TCL with a team batting average of .206, the club has managed to rack up a three-game win streak.
The Blue Sox currently have 21 doubles as a team, three triples as a team and four team homeruns. Leaders in those categories are the Graham Roughnecks with 42 doubles, the McKinney Marshals with six triples and the Denton Outlaws with 11 homeruns.
In pitching stats, Plano holds the highest ERA in the league with a 4.73, with the Coppell Copperheads leading the TCL with a mere 2.54 team ERA.
The Blue Sox hold a commanding lead over their competitors with four complete games by their starting pitchers, with Coppell holding three and the Mineral Wells Steam, the Euless LoneStars and the Graham Roughnecks all with one complete game each; the rest of the league’s team have nothing to show when it comes to their pitchers holding on for a complete game.
Plano’s Blue Sox have also fanned 146 batters thus far this season, with the TCL leader sitting at 223 strikeouts (Coppell Copperheads).
In addition to Stromsmoe and Cole leading the TCL in stolen bases, Plano’s Ben Maitland is currently tied for third place in runs batted in with 17.
Maitland is also at second place in the TCL with two triples while teammate Brett Manning is tied for third on the list with one triple on the season.
Doll’s two complete games for the 2006 TCL season is tied for the league lead with Coppell’s Randy Boone.
Plano’s Evans is currently tied for second on the complete games leaders list, tied with three other players with one complete game on the season.