Welch smashes third homer, but Twins fall in Amarillo

Texas State University's Tristan Dixon pitched brilliantly for the Texarkana Twins Wednesday in Amarillo before tiring in the fifth inning.


AMARILLO, Texas – Florida native Charlie Welch smashed his third home run in four games for the Texarkana, but the Twins lost for the fifth time to the Amarillo Sod Dogs, 7-3.

Texarkana (1-7) played one of its best games of the season. The Twins led early 1-0, but the Sod Dogs (6-2) took command with four runs on four hits in the fifth inning. Welch’s roundtripper made it 6-3 in the seventh inning.

Welch sparks Twins’ 13-hit attack

The Twins’ bats continue to get better as they outhit Amarillo, 13-10. Catcher Ricardo Leonett, a junior at Western Kentucky, had three hits and raised his batting average to .533. Cisco College’s Reed Spenrath had a double and two singles for Texarkana. Welch had a single to go with his home run.

Three Texarkana pitchers combined for three walks and 13 strikeouts. It was just a matter of the Sod Dogs’ hits being more timely. Texas State’s Tristan Dixon started and suffered the loss. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six, but tired in the fifth inning.

K.C. Byrne had a home run, triple and single for the winners. He scored twice and drive in three runs.


Sod Dogs alone in first place

Creede Jeffers was the second of six Amarillo pitchers, and got the win. Mathew Orozco started on the mound for the Sod Dogs, who are now all alone in first place in the North Division of the Texas Collegiate League.

In other action Wednesday in the TCL, Tulsa beat the Amarillo Sod Squad, 4-3; Arcadiana blanked San Antonio, 5-0; and Round Rock edged Victoria, 7-2.

The Sod Dogs will be out two sweep their season series with Texarkana Thursday night.