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Pump Jacks Comeback Not Enough

June 22, 2014 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - East Texas PumpJacks News Release

The East Texas Pump Jacks spotted the visiting Woodlands Strykers an early lead, then authored what was nearly a storybook comeback before falling by a score of 8-6.

Spurred by the biggest home crowd of the season on Aflac Night, the Jacks scored five runs in the eighth inning to close to within 8-6, and they put the tying run on base in the ninth but couldn't muster one more big hit.

Facing an 8-1 deficit in the home half of the eighth inning, Raymond Pedrina led off with a single. Pedrina stole second and Connor Huesers singled. A Drew McLaughlin base hit scored Pedrina and put runners at first and second for Nick Rabat. Rabat grounded to shortstop Lance Myles, who was unable to field the ball cleanly, leaving the bases loaded and no outs.

Joe Moroney welcomed reliever Nolan Holland with a single to score Huesers and leave the bases loaded. Dustin Williams delivered a two-run single to cut the margin to 8-4. The Strykers went to the bullpen for all-star reliever Gandy Stubblefield, who promptly uncorked a wild pitch that advanced Moroney to third and Williams to second.

Connor Hornsby's RBI single plated Moroney, but set off a pair of rundowns that resulted in Williams being chased down for the first out of the inning. A double play ended the rally, but the Jacks had put five runs on the board to make it an 8-6 game.

In the ninth, Andrew Grifol walked and Huesers singled to put the tying run on base, but the Pump Jacks ran out of hits in their comeback fuel tank.

The Strykers got on the board first with a three-run third and added another tally in the sixth.

The Jacks checked in with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Bobby Webb. Grifol reached on an error to lead off the inning, and he moved up a station on Pedrina's base hit. One out later, McLaughlin walked to load the bases, bringing Webb to the plate. His fly to center brought home Grifol to make the score 4-1.

The Woodlands added put three insurance runs up in the seventh and another in the eighth inning, a policy that paid off when the Pump Jacks rallied.

The Pump Jacks' ten-hit attack was led by Pedrina, Huesers, and Moroney, who had two hits apiece. Six different Jacks scored, and Williams had two RBI.

The Pump Jacks close out their homestand Sunday with Family Night presented by the Longview News-Journal. Fans can pick up four Grandstand tickets for just $10, or add four meals for only $15 more.

East Texas will enjoy a rare two-day vacation before resuming play Wednesday with a doubleheader in Dallas against the Texas Marshals. Fans can take in all the action on Pump Jacks TV.

The Pump Jacks return to Historic Driller Park for a two-game series against the Brazos Valley Bombers on Thursday and Friday. The festivities kick off with Thirsty Thursday, when fans can enjoy one dollar draft beers and 50-cent soft drinks. It's a great opportunity kick back and keep cool during the summer!

Friday marks the second Fireworks Friday of the season, presented by Swepco and CBS 19. The Pump Jacks will light up the night sky with a postgame fireworks spectacular, set to a new soundtrack that will pay homage to a pair of legendary films. This is a show you don't want to miss!

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