Blue Sox gear up for second half of season

by dentonramsey

Blue Sox gear up for second half of season



 
 

The 2006 Texas Collegiate League (TCL) Brookshire’s n McCormick All-Star Game held at Weatherford ended in a 7-1 victory for the All-Stars of Tris Speaker in a six-run win against the Rogers Hornsby All-Stars.

Maurice Cole, the lone Blue Sox batter in the lineup, went 0-for-2 on the night and Plano ace Mark Doll did not pitch a single inning due to weekend work for his Blue Sox.

Plano’s Mark Wyner pitched the fourth inning for Tris Speaker, going three up and three down while striking out one in his brief inning of appearance.

Blue Sox pitcher Jake Wortham, a late addition to the Tris Speaker All-Stars, pitched the eighth inning, giving up one hit while facing four batters through the frame.

Tris Speaker took an early 1-0 lead through two innings and stretched their lead to 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning before the Rogers Hornsby All-Stars ended the scoreless streak by picking up their lone run of the game to cut the lead to 3-1 through three innings.

The Tris Speaker All-Stars went on to add another run in the seventh inning before tacking on three more runs in the eighth inning for the final six-run, 7-1 victory.

Pitching was a key component to the Tris Speaker All-Stars victory, as they limited the Roger Hornsby All-Stars to a mere run on six hits while the All-Stars of Tris Speaker drove in seven runs on 11 hits.

In other Blue Sox news, Plano fell to the Mineral Wells Steam on Sunday, July 9 in a 4-2 loss on the road.

The Blue Sox took an early 1-0 lead on Sunday evening in the fourth inning after Drew Bias hit into a double play with Brian Kaufman crossing home plate for an early 1-0 Plano lead.

However, Mineral Wells dead-locked the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning on a solo shot over the right field wall off Plano starter Bill Purdy.

The Steam than tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning and one more run in the eighth to take a three-run, 4-1 lead.

The Blue Sox tried for a comeback to begin the ninth inning as Ben Maitland crossed home plate after a Drew Bias single and a throwing error lead to Plano’s second run of the game.

 
 

Plano’s Purdy pitched seven solid innings on Sunday, surrendering three run on seven hits while striking out two and walking two.

Paul Schneider pitched the Plano eighth inning, allowing one run on three hits while striking out two Steam batters.

With Sunday’s loss, Plano moves to 10-16 on the season, 10.5 games behind the first-place Coppell Copperheads, who hold a league-best 20-5 record.

On Saturday, July 8 the Blue Sox picked up a tough 3-2 loss against the Duncanville Deputies at Graham Field.

Plano’s Mark Doll picked up the loss for the Blue Sox, pitching a complete game in surrendering just three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out five.

In Saturday’s game against the Deputies, Duncanville struck early off Blue Sox ace Doll, picking up two runs over the first two innings for an early 2-0 lead before tacking on a third run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 Duncanville lead to begin the bottom of the fifth inning.

Plano’s Bias picked up an RBI single in the fifth inning to plate Maitland to cut into the Deputies lead, 3-1.

The Blue Sox struck again in the bottom of the seventh inning, this time with Bias crossing home on an RBI single by Trey Sperring to cut the Duncanville lead to just one run at 3-2.

After both Manning and Trey Presswood were hit by pitches to load the bases with Blue Sox, Plano’s Kenny Ford struck out to end the inning.

Although the Blue Sox threatened in the eighth by getting on base with a Maitland single after a Skyler Stromsmoe strikeout, Plano was unable to cross the plate with the tying run as they went on to fall 3-2 at home.

And after a rough start, Plano’s ace in Doll returned to his normal form after the fourth inning, striking out the sides in the fifth through ninth innings of work.

Plano’s Maitland and Bias lead the team offensively on Saturday night for the Blue Sox, each going 3-for-5 while Sperring helped out with a 2-for-5 performance.

Although the Blue Sox out-hit their opponents 10-6 on Saturday, Plano couldn’t find a way to pick up a late RBI in yet another one-run loss.

However, all was not a loss for the Blue Sox over their three-game stretch prior to this year’s All-Star Game.

On Friday, July 7 the Blue Sox picked up an impressive 6-3 10th inning road victory over the Weatherford Wranglers to garner their 10th win of the season.

Plano picked up two runs in the third inning on Friday, beginning with an RBI single by Bias to plate Stromsmoe for an early 1-0 Blue Sox lead.

Maitland than scored on a passed ball as Bias moved to second base and Plano pushed their lead to 2-0.

Blue Sox starting pitcher Eric Walz was lifted after 5.2 innings of work, surrendering no runs on four hits with four walks and one strikeout.

Wortham came into relieve Walz for the Blue Sox, pitching the final 4.1 frames while picking up his first win of the season.

Plano added a run to their two-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, once again crossing home on a passed ball as Stromsmoe stepped on home base for a 3-0 Blue Sox lead.

That lead, however, was short lived as the Wranglers tacked on three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3.

A Plano error and a Wranglers triple lead to the dead-locked game as the TCL players entered extra innings with the game tied at 3-3.

In the top of the tenth inning, Plano’s Presswood began the inning by reaching first base on an error by the Wranglers second baseman.

Sperring followed with a single to put Blue Sox runners at first and second as Austin Riley safely reached third base on a throwing error while picking up two RBI, both unearned.

Riley then went on to cross the plate to push the Blue Sox lead to 6-3 after a passed ball pushed Plano’s lead to three runs.

Wortham pitched a near-perfect tenth inning, striking out two while allowing a lone single as the Blue Sox went on to a 6-3 victory.

In a big extra-inning win, the Blue Sox picked up their 10th win of the 2006 TCL season behind solid pitching and clutch hitting.

Plano’s Wortham, who picked up the win for the Blue Sox, allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out five.

The Blue Sox returned to action last night against the first-place Coppell Copperheads at Graham Field… final score and highlights from Tuesday night’s game can be found in tomorrow’s edition of the Plano Star Courier.

In addition to last night’s match-up with the Copperheads, the Blue Sox hit the road for a two-game set, beginning tonight at Coppell and ending tomorrow night at Graham.

The Blue Sox return home on Saturday as they host Euless in a double-header beginning at 5:05 p.m. at Graham Field.

All home games can be heard live over the internet by visiting http://www.tclbluesox.com and box scores and stats can be found on the official TCL website at http://www.texascollegiateleague.com.

With the season right around its midway point, there’s still plenty of time for the Blue Sox to climb back into the fight for the finish.

Come support your Plano Blue Sox as they return home on Saturday for a double-header against Euless with high hopes of making the second-half of the season a successful one.

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