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Marshals drop close game to Copperheads

August 2, 2010 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - Texas Marshals News Release

McKinney, TX - The North Texas Copperheads broke through a winless drought that lasted a full three weeks. Since defeating the McKinney Marshals on July 11, the Copperheads lost 11 of their next 12 games. They collected a tie in a game against Brazos Valley due to time constraints. Sunday night, the defending champions finally got back into the win column.

The Marshals struck first, thanks to a lead off home run from Bryson Myles (Stephen F. Austin), his league-leading fifth of the season.

North Texas starter Tyler Carter (Navarro) allowed the first inning run, but would keep the Marshals off the board long enough for his teammates to put the Copperheads in the lead.

Garrett Autrey (Navarro) picked up an RBI single in the fifth inning, scoring Brett Wilburn (Richland) from second to tie the game. The lead would grow in the next frame, thanks to a three-run home run from Andy Pratt (Arkansas). After a pair of errors gave the Copperheads two base runners, Pratt sent a full count pitch from McKinney starter Drew Krittenbrink (Oklahoma) over the left field fence for the 4-1 lead.

McKinney used a couple of runs in the following frame to cut the lead to a single run. The Copperheads displayed a timely patience in the seventh to gain the runs back on a pair of bases loaded walks.

With a 6-3 lead, North Texas gave the ball over to Michael Apple (Texas A&M) to help end their losing streak.

Apple allowed two more runs due to defensive errors, but held on to pick up his first save of the season, and improve the Copperheads to 11-26 on the year.

The loss moved McKinney to 17-24, and hurt their chances to make the playoffs next week.

Tyler Carter (2-2) got the win, while Krittenbrink (1-2) shouldered the loss.

Myles finished the game with four hits in five at bats, including a pair of runs and the solo home run. Autrey led the Copperheads with three hits, and two of North Texas' five stolen bases. McKinney's Zach Ragsdale (UALR) collected three hits and stole three bases in the loss.

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