Plano wins two out of three to halt losing streak
Plano wins two out of three to halt losing streak
The Plano Blue Sox picked up a wild one-run, late-inning rally victory over the Denton Outlaws on Friday night at Graham Field, plating two runs in their final two innings to take home a 4-3 win.
Denton took an early lead, 1-0, in the top of the third inning on an RBI by Outlaw second baseman Aljay Davis.
However, Plano answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth frame as Blue Sox’ shortstop Matt Hicks belted a solo homerun to deadlock the game at 1-1.
The Outlaws regained their lead at 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, but the lead was short-lived as the Blue Sox plated a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 2-2, as Trey Presswood picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Denton scored again to begin the seventh inning, this time holding onto their one-run lead, 3-2, until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Blue Sox rally would begin.
Drew Bias started off the bottom of the eighth inning by safely reaching first base after being hit by the pitch to bring Brett Manning to the plate.
Manning was able to reach second base due to an Outlaws’ throwing error as Bias scampered to third with Plano threatening to score with no one out.
Hicks then came to the plate and picked up an RBI, successfully plating Bias on a ground-out to the shortstop to tie the game at 3-3.
The final two Blue Sox batters of the eighth inning followed Hicks with a ground-out and fly-out to end the inning.
After Blue Sox starting pitcher Bill Purdy had tossed eight solid innings of work, surrendering three runs on nine hits while striking out two, managers opted for relief pitcher Jake Wortham to take the mound in the ninth.
And Wortham made sure the Blue Sox decision was a good one, setting down the side in order on two ground balls and a strikeout with Plano’s powerful part of the lineup due up in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Maurice Cole began the bottom of the ninth inning with a single before teammate Skyler Stromsmoe followed in suit with a single of his own to put runners on first and second with Ben Maitland coming to the plate.
Maitland sent a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, successfully moving Cole and Stromsmoe 90 feet closer to home as Mitchell Putman strolled to the plate.
But Putman would not even have to swing the wood, as the umpires called a balk on Outlaws’ relief pitcher Juston Street to plate Cole for the winning run.
With the one-out balk call, the Blue Sox picked up a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Denton Outlaws on Friday night at Graham Field.
The Blue Sox followed Friday night’s wild victory with a second consecutive win, this one coming against the Mineral Wells Steam on the road on Saturday night.
Plano took a 10-3 victory on Saturday in Mineral Wells, with Blue Sox’ ace Mark Doll taking home the win to move to 4-2 on the season.
Mineral Wells took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning before Plano tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning on a solo homerun by Mitchell Putman.
Blue Sox starter Doll sat down after five innings of work as Plano opted for relief pitcher Brady Glos to pitch the sixth n eighth innings.
Doll allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts in his five innings of work.
Plano tacked on another run in the top of the sixth inning, this coming on a solo homerun by Maurice Cole to give the Blue Sox a 2-1 lead.
But the eighth inning was where the Blue Sox finally decided to unleash their offense, plating eight runs in the top of the frame to take a commanding 10-1 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
Solid hitting, along with timely walks and a couple of errors, lead to Plano scoring eight runs in the frame on six singles.
Mineral Wells answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but that wasn’t enough against the Blue Sox’ pitching staff as Plano brought Trey Sperring to the mound for the ninth inning.
And Sperring pitched a perfect ninth, getting the Steam to line-out, ground-out and fly-out to end the game.
The Blue Sox’ 10-3 victory pushed their win-streak to two games as they prepared for battle against first-place Coppell on Sunday night.
Plano’s win-streak came to a halt on Sunday evening in Coppell as the Copperheads showed why they are in first-place as the Blue Sox dropped a 3-1 decision to move to 14-24 on the season.
Plano took an early lead, 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Ben Maitland smoked an RBI double to plate Trey Presswood for a 1-0 Blue Sox lead.
That lead remained the same until the bottom of the eighth when Plano starter Paul Schneider’s control got shaky.
After two leadoff singles began the inning, Coppell’s Jeff Nutt doubled to right center to plate two runs and give the Copperheads a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Sox then opted for relief pitcher Jake Wortham as Schneider was lifted after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out five.
Wortham pitched the remained of the eighth inning, allowing one earned run on three hits as the Copperheads took a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning.
But the Blue Sox were unable to pull off another late-inning rally as the Plano batters went down in order in a 3-1 loss against Coppell.
The Blue Sox returned to the diamond last night at home against McKinney and they hit the road for a mini two-game road trip beginning tonight.
Plano battles the Duncanville Deputies tonight at 7:05 p.m. before heading to Euless tomorrow night for a match-up with the LoneStars beginning at 7:35 p.m.