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Marshals Rally Late to Top Bombers 8-7

July 5, 2014 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - Texas Marshals News Release

The Texas Marshals put together their largest comeback of the season on Saturday night as they defeated the Brazos Valley Bombers by a final of 8-7 in Dallas. The Marshals trailed 6-0 in the ballgame, but mounted a furious rally and held on late to earn their second victory of the second-half of the TCL season over the first-place Bombers.

Austin Brooks took the mound for the Marshals and was roughed up early on. The Bombers scored two in the first on an error and a sacrifice fly. An RBI double by Grady Caldwell made it 3-0 in the third. Tucker Pennell hit a solo home run in the fourth to give the Bombers a 4-0 advantage. An RBI double by Blake Kopetsky and an RBI single by Pennell made it 6-0 in the fifth.

The Marshals responded in a big way in the bottom of the fifth inning. Daniel Rushing scored on a sacrifice bunt by Adonis Askew. Alex Gosser came around on an RBI groundout by Carson Shaddy. And Carlos Contreras delivered a two-run double to the wall in left-field to plate Chase Daughdrill and Oliver Christensen to make it a 6-4 ballgame. It was Contreras's 11th double of the season, which leads the league.

Momentum stayed with the Marshals in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Daughdrill grounded out to score Rushing. Christensen grounded out to score Jeff Harvill who had pinch ran for Gosser. And Carson Shaddy put the Generals on top 7-6 with an RBI single to right-field to score Askew.

The Bombers threatened in the top of the seventh inning, but the Marshals kept the Bombers off the scoreboard as Dillon Coates threw out Hunter Hagler at the plate to end the inning as he tried to score on a fly out to right-field.

The Marshals added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as Mason Mantle came into score on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Askew. Askew grounded into what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but beat the relay throw to first base.

The insurance run proved to be important as the Bombers scored in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch to cut the Marshals lead to 8-7.

Nick Palacios earned the win in relief as he tossed 2.1 innings and allowed just one run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts. Collin Sherrod picked up the save tossing 1.2 innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out two as he closed the door in the ninth for the Marshals.

With the win, the Marshals improve to 10-20 on the season and 2-1 in the second-half. The Bombers fall to 23-8 overall and 1-2 in the second-half. The two teams will meet for game two of the series on Sunday night at 7:05pm at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

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