Marshals and Bombers Split Wednesday Doubleheader
The Texas Marshals and Brazos Valley Bombers split a doubleheader in Dallas on Wednesday night. The Bombers came out on top 3-2 in game one and the Marshals held on late in game two for a 8-6 victory.
The Marshals sent Austin Hilton to the mound in game one. He allowed a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dane Steinhagen in the top of the second inning which gave the Bombers a 1-0 lead. Hunter Hagler then hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Hilton tossed five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Marshals battled back to tie the game up at 2-2. An RBI single to right field by Oliver Christensen in the bottom of the fourth scored Carlos Contreras. Then Chase Daughdrill launched a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth to tie things up. It was Daughdrill's third home run of the season.
Ryan Hill came on in relief of Hilton to pitch the top of the sixth inning. He surrendered a run as Steinhagen picked up his second RBI of the game on a single to score Hagler, giving the Bombers a 3-2 lead.
The Marshals threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning as Bombers closer Cannon Chadwick allowed runners to reach first and second with one out. But Chadwick got Daughdrill to ground into a game-ending double play to pick up the save and secure the 3-2 game-one win for the Bombers.
Heston VanFleet earned the win as he allowed just two runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Holden Novak got the start in game two for the Marshals, but only pitched one inning as he left the game with an elbow injury. Novak allowed a solo home run to G.R. Hinsley in the top of the first that put the Bombers up 1-0.
The Marshals answered in the bottom frame as Carlos Contreras hit an RBI single up the middle to score Chase Daughdrill and make it 1-1. It was Contreras's league-leading 29th RBI of the season.
Joseph Herbert came on to pitch in the top of the second inning. He allowed two runs on RBI doubles by Dane Steinhagen and Matt Hilston.
However the Marshals would respond again in the bottom-half of the inning. Mason Mantle scored on an RBI groundout by Adonis Askew and Alex Gosser scored on an error by the Bomber's catcher, tying the game up at 3-3.
The Marshals piled on four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 7-3 lead. Michael Hoard hit a sacrifice fly to score Contreras. An RBI single by Mantle scored Carson Shaddy. A squeeze bunt by Alex Gosser brought home Carlos Vargas. And an RBI double by Askew plated Mantle.
The Marshals made it 8-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning as Hoard scored on an RBI groundout by Gosser.
The Bombers chipped away at the Marshals lead in the top of the sixth inning by scoring two runs to make it 8-5. The Bombers loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning and scored a run to make it 8-6. Jeff Harvill then came on in relief with one out and got back-to-back strikeouts to end the ballgame. It was Harvill's second save of the season for the Marshals.
Herbert picked up the win as he tossed four innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with one walk. Jonathan Lycan tossed 1.1 innings in relief of Herbert. He allowed one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
With the split, the Marshals are now 16-27 overall and 8-8 in the second-half. The Bombers are 31-11 and 9-5 in the second-half.
The Marshals will travel to Kilgore on Thursday and Friday to take on the East Texas Pump Jacks in a two-game series at Driller Park. Both games will start at 7:05pm.
The Marshals return home for a two-game series with the Bombers on Saturday and Sunday at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas at 7:05pm.
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