Marshals Sweep Sunday Doubleheader against Strykers
The Texas Marshals completed a doubleheader sweep of the Woodlands Strykers in Dallas on Sunday night. The Marshals won game one 4-1 behind a dominant pitching performance by Ross Vance. The Marshals offense scored early and often in game two as they took down the Strykers 13-4.
In game one, Ross Vance went the distance to pick up the win as he allowed just one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings. It was Vance's first win of the season as he improved to 1-2 with a 2.97 ERA.
The Marshals grabbed an early 2-0 lead as Carlos Contreras shot a double over the left-fielder's head to score Chase Daughdrill and James Sloan in the bottom of the first inning. Contreras leads the TCL with 13 doubles on the season.
Mason Mantle sent a double to the left-centerfield gap and came into score on a throwing error by the Stryker's third baseman in the fourth inning to make it 3-0.
An RBI single by Lance Miles scored Shane Adams to put the Strykers on the board in the top of the sixth inning.
In a rare moment in TCL history, Kacy Clemons, the son of former MLB great Roger Clemons, faced Mason Mantle, a relative of the great Mickey Mantle, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mantle struck out looking.
Michael Hoard ripped a triple down the right-field line off of Clemons later in the inning. AJ Askew pinch ran for Hoard and came into score on an RBI single by Chase Daughdrill to add an insurance run and put the Marshals ahead 4-1.
Jake Smith got the start for the Marshals in game two of the doubleheader. He allowed three runs on three hits with two talks and three strikeouts.
Mark Whitehead led off the game with a triple to centerfield and came into score on a sacrifice fly by Lance Miles to give the Strykers an early 1-0 lead. The Marshals answered in the bottom of the first as Carson Shaddy hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Chase Daughdrill and tie the game up at 1-1.
The Strykers picked up an unearned run in the top of the second inning on an RBI double by Kacy Clemons to regain the lead at 2-1.
Case Daughdrill crushed a grand slam over the left-centerfield wall in the bottom of the second inning to put the Marshals ahead 5-2. It was Daughdrill's second home run of the season.
Kevin Santana of the Strykers hit a solo home run to left-center for the Strykers in the top of the third inning to cut the Marshals lead to 5-3.
The Marshals then scored eight straight runs to put the game out of reach. Mason Mantle made it 6-3 in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly to right field to score Carson Shaddy.
Jonathan Lycan came on in relief of Smith in the top of the fourth inning and tossed three scoreless innings to pick up the win. He allowed just two hits and one walk and struck out four.
Michael Hoard hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot to right-center, in the fourth inning to put the Marshals up 7-3.
The Marshals tacked on six runs in the sixth inning. Carlos Vargas came into score on a double steal. Daniel Rushing smashed a pinch-hit, two-run double down the left field line to score Oliver Christensen and Mason Mantle. Back-to-back wild pitches with the bases loaded scored Alex Gosser and Daniel Rushing. Adonis Askew added an RBI groundout to score Chase Daughdrill to put the Marshals up 13-3.
Chad Nelson came into pitch the seven inning. He allowed one run on two hits with two walks, but closed the door on the ballgame as the Marshals won 13-4.
With the sweep, the Marshals improve to 15-26 overall and 7-7 in the second-half. The Strykers fall to 14-28 overall and 4-8 in the second-half.
The Marshals will return to action on Wednesday as they host the Brazos Valley Bombers in a doubleheader starting at 5:00pm at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
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