SEVENTH HEAVEN: Seven run fourth inning propels Blue Sox to 12-6 season finale victory over LoneStars

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SEVENTH HEAVEN: Seven run fourth inning propels Blue Sox to 12-6 season finale victory over LoneStars

By DENTON RAMSEY / Staff Writer


The Plano Blue Sox ended the 2006 TCL season in style on Sunday evening, plating a season-high 12 runs in a six run victory over the Euless LoneStars.

Behind an offensive outpouring that has been lacking lately, the Blue Sox used seven runs in the fourth inning to help propel the team to their 19th win of the year to conclude the season.

After falling behind 2-0 after Euless scored in the first inning, the Blue Sox cut into that lead by plating a run in the third inning.

Skyler Stromsmoes solo shot to left field in the third pushed Plano one run closer to make the score 2-1.

But the top of the fourth is where the Blue Sox would truly make the LoneStars blue.

Euless opted for a pitching change to being the fourth frame, calling on reliever Kyle Forest to replace starter Johnny Noland.

Mitchell Putman began the Forest fourth with a single to right field, swiping second and third base as the LoneStars pitcher had a hard time finding the strike zone, throwing two consecutive wild pitches with Jeff Boes at the plate.

A third straight wild pitch plated Putman to deadlock the game at 2-2 before Boes was awarded first on a base on balls with Trey Presswood at the plate for Plano.

After Putman successfully took second base on another Forest wild pitch, Presswood took a walk with Drew Bias strolling to the plate for the Blue Sox.

But the wild pitch Forest show didnt end there, as two more wild pitches plated Boes and put Presswood on third base to give Plano a 3-2 lead.

Bias walked on a wild pitch which plated Presswood for a 4-2 lead, followed by another walk and a hit batter (Stromsmoe) to load the bases with Blue Sox.

Ben Maitland followed with an RBI base on balls, taking first base on a 3-1 count to push the Blue Sox lead to 5-2.

Stromsmoe then crossed home plate on yet another wild pitch as Cole and Maitland both moved up 90 feet, pushing the Plano lead to 6-2.

After Putman walked on four straight balls, the bases were once again juiced with Plano players as Boes strolled to the plate.

Cole crossed home on a wild pitch to Boes, giving the Blue Sox a 7-2 lead with runners on second and third.

And when Boes finally got a pitch in the strike zone, he came through in the clutch, smoking an RBI single to left field to plate Maitland and give the Blue Sox an 8-2 lead through 3.5 innings of work.

Plano still held onto their six-run, 8-2 lead through four innings, but they padded their lead in the fifth, plating another four runs to take a commanding 12-2 lead.

Bias scored on a wild pitch to Stromsmoe with the bases loaded to make the score 9-2.

Stromsmoe then belted an RBI double to right center, pushing the Plano lead to 10-2.

Poor pitch command contributed to the Blue Sox final two runs, as both Austin Reilly and Stromsmoe crossed home on wild pitches to bring the score to 12-2 before Euless opted to pull Forest for reliever James Gilbert.

And Gilbert got the job done for the LoneStars, escaping the remainder of the inning unscathed as the Blue Sox held onto a comfortable ten run lead to begin the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Blue Sox made a few defensive substitutions to begin the bottom of the fifth inning, moving Manning to first base, putting Jake Wortham in right field and opting for pitcher Max Hutson to replace starter Paul Schneider.

And although Euless plated two more runs in the fifth, followed by two more in the sixth, Plano had all the run support they needed.

The Blue Sox used five pitchers over the final five innings, giving everyone a chance to play in the season finale as Plano picked up an impressive 12-6 victory.

Schneider, who started the game for the Blue Sox, pitched four innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out two.

Hutson, who picked up the win to end the season with a 2-3 record, pitched one inning, surrendering two earned runs on two hits while walking three and striking out two.

Brady Glos pitched the sixth inning for Plano, allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits while walking two and striking out two.

Eric Evans pitched the Blue Sox seventh, allowing no runs on one hit while walking one.

Maitland was on the mound in the eighth for Plano, tossing one scoreless inning while striking out two.

Brett Manning took the ninth inning for the Blue Sox, tossing one scoreless inning while walking one.

Sunday night was a hit parade for the Blue Sox offense, with four batters getting two hits for Plano.

Stromsmoe went 2-for-5 on the night with a run scored, two runs batted in and a homerun.

Putman also went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Boes was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

Wortham went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Maitland went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Bias went 1-for-3 with a run scored and Manning went 1-for-3 as well.

The Blue Sox had 11 hits on the night, compared to 10 for the LoneStars, and stranded 11 runners on base compared to 13 for Euless.

Plano also completed their season finale without an error, compared to the four errors for Euless.

With the win, the Blue Sox conclude the 2006 TCL season with a record of 19-29.

The 2006 TCL regular season is over, and with that the Blue Sox season has come to a close.

And although their record might not show it, these guys came out to play every night, every game giving 110 percent effort to make themselves better ballplayers.

The Blue Sox have what it takes to win.

They have a team full of talented young college kids that only want to get better.

They have a team coached by amazing young men with a love and passion for the game.

They have a team under the leadership of great management.

And they have a team in a great city with great fans.

I love the game of baseball, and so does everyone involved in the Blue Sox organization.

Its been a great season, a great ride, and I cant wait until TCL next year.