Three Amarillo pitchers scattered four hits and struck out 15 Tuesday night at George Dobson Field. Nearly 400 fans watched the Sod Dogs humble the Texarkana Twins in both teams season opener, 12-2.
“The biggest thing is that we learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” said Texarkana manager Brandon Schmidt. “We were able to get a lot of guys in, and get them a lot of reps. We threw a couple of arms we wanted to get some reps.
“Every series is important. We’ve still got a chance to win two of them. We have to bounce back tomorrow. Need to make a few adjustments at the plate, and change a few mentalities on the mound. We’re going to learn a lot from this game, and a lot from the next two games.”
Twins’ Dixon faces Amarillo Wednesday
The Twins and Sod Dogs play the second game of the three-game series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Texas State University’s Triston Dixon will be on the mound for Texarkana.
Both of Texarkana’s runs scored on throwing errors by Amarillo’s catcher. The Sod Dogs were hot and cold on defense with four errors, but several brilliant plays in the field.
About the only bright spot for the Twins was their baserunning. Jay French of Emerson, Ark., lined a single to center in the first inning. He stole second and third, trotting home when a throw sailed into left field. Texarkana stole seven bases.
Texarkana’s second run scored in the sixth after a leadoff single by Cameron Dollar. Charlie Welch was hit by a pitch, and Dollar stole third to put runners at the corners. Dollar, who plays for Paris Junior College, scored when the throw to third went into left field.
“Some of our guys hadn’t faced live pitching in two months,” said Schmidt. “They’re still getting their swings and timing down. I still believe in the guys, and believe we have a good looking future ahead of us.”
Hunt’s fast start ends in fourth inning
UA-Monticello’s River Hunt started on the mound for the Twins. He struck out the first two batters he faced, holding the Sod Dogs scoreless the first three innings on two hits.
That all changed in the fourth when Amarillo scored five runs on two hits, a walk and two hit batsmen.
Amarillo put the contest out of reach in the seventh with four more runs. Schmidt used five pitchers in the game. They gave up a total of 12 hits, while walking seven and hitting two.
Grambling State’s Gerald Nervis drove in five runs with a triple and two singles. Eduardo Acosta plated two runs with two singles, while Matthew Garcia contributed a double and single.
Jonathan Cowles, a junior at UC-Colorado Springs was the winning pitcher in relief of TCU freshman Nolan Hudi. Terrell Hudson, a University of New Mexico sophomore, pitched two scoreless innings.
In other TCL play Tuesday a crowd of 1,812 saw Tulsa beat Frisco, 3-2. Victoria edged Acadiana, 2-1, and the Brazos Valley Bombers beat San Antonio. No score on that game was available.