Dillas escape San Angelo with win, first-half title
SAN ANGELO, Texas - The problems for the San Angelo Colts began in the first inning on Saturday, and they will now have to wait four more days to determine their first-half playoff fate. The Colts knew a win and a sweep over Amarillo would ensure them of one of the two first-half playoff spots in the United League, and a loss would mean they would need help.
At the end of a 5-2 loss, which clinched the first-half title for Amarillo, the Colts got half of what they needed, with Alexandria losing 3-0 to Laredo at Bringhurst Field. San Angelo (26-19) will now have to wait for the Dillas (27-17) to host Alexandria on July 2 to find out if they will finish in second in the first half. If the Aces win, they will get the spot, while if the Dillas win, the Colts will be in.
For the first time in the series, Amarillo scored first, with a two-out solo home run by Gary Schneidmiller off Billy McKinney (0-4). The Dillas doubled their lead with another two-out solo shot, this time in the third, by Jonathan Reynoso.
San Angelo got one back as Jose Torres hit his team-leading ninth homer on the first pitch of the bottom of the third against lefty Micah Posey (7-1). But the Dillas got one more off McKinney in the fourth and two in the fifth of Chris Weast, on another two-out rally. After Reynoso singled, Keith Brachold hit a hard smash that took a funny bounce on the infield and sailed way over first baseman Andres Rodriguez to end up as an RBI double. Schneidmiller followed with an RBI single and the Dillas led 5-1.
The Colts got one back off Posey on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Frichter in the fifth, but wasted a number of good other opportunities. In the fourth, the bases were loaded on walks, but Wyn Diggs grounded out to second on a 3-1 pitch to end the inning. In the seventh, the Colts had their first two on, but Tyrone Pendergrass flied out and John Anderson grounded into an inning-ending double play. Finally, in the ninth, the Colts got their first two on again against reliever David Koons. But pinch-hitter Benny Craig struck out, and Rodriguez and Anderson grounded out to give Koons his second save of the year. The loss ended a 7-game home winning streak for San Angelo, and took away their chance at the first-half title. Instead, the waiting game goes on for the Colts until Wednesday.
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