Tulsa pitchers struck out 19 for the second time in five games Sunday night at George Dobson Field.
The Drillers struck out 19 Frisco batters last Wednesday in a losing effort. That wasn’t the case Sunday when Tulsa scored six runs in the second inning and cruised to a 9-2 win over the Texarkana Twins.
“Tulsa is obviously a very talented team,” said Texarkana manager Brandon Schmidt. “At the same time that’s what you see when you throw strikes over the plate, and get ahead early. We didn’t do that all week.”
USC pitcher got Twins looking five times
Southern Cal’s John Beller started for the Drillers, retiring all nine batters he faced. He struck out five, all on called third strikes. Another Trojan, Jamal O’Guinn, accounted for the game’s first run with a home run in the second. It was his second homer of the series.
Cade Winquest, who plays for UT-Arlington, went to the mound in the fourth. The Twins’ only two hits came off Winquest. San Jacinto College’s Charlie Welch lined a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left field. It was Texarkana’s first roundtripper in six games this summer.
Zach Slunder added a double to right in the fifth. The Twins left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings. Winquest finished with six strikeouts. He was the winning pitcher since Beller didn’t go the necessary five innings.
OSU’s Osmond struck out six Twins
Six-foot-8 Zach Maxwell, a Georgia Tech pitcher, struck out the only batter he faced in the sixth. Oklahoma State’s Bryce Osmond pitched the final three innings, holding the Twins hitless, while striking out six.
A hard grounder by Seth Hopkins in the fourth was booted for Tulsa’s only error of the game. Five pitches later Welch delivered his bomb to make it 6-2.
Tulsa came right back in the fifth for the game’s final three runs. A Texarkana error, and singles by Max Hewitt and Jaden Brown accounted for the runs.
Dordt College’s Isaac Vanderhart started for the Twins, and suffered the loss. Texas High graduate Colby Adkins threw two scoreless innings at the end.
Twins on the road this week
“We’ve got to come out and do a lot better in Amarillo this next week,” said Schmidt. “I expect to see some guys you haven’t seen yet. We’ll be bringing them into Amarillo this week.
“Maybe we won’t have as much pressure on the road, but some of that is just excuses or laziness. We just need to come out and be ready to go.”
Tulsa is now tied for first place in the Texas Collegiate League with Brazos Valley and the Amarillo Sod Dogs, which beat Round Rock Sunday night, 10-3. Brazos Valley whipped Victoria, 11-4, while San Antonio beat Acadiana, 6-3. Frisco and the Sod Squad were rained out.