Forced to play on the road, Twins humbled by Amarillo Sod Squad, 20-2

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Texarkana Twins' Charlie Welch had two doubles Friday against the Amarillo Sod Squad.

 

AMARILLO, Texas – It appears the Texarkana Twins will be playing the rest of their games on the road. City officials shut down Spring Lake Park Thursday, bringing an end to the Twins’ home games at George Dobson Field.

A local spike in the coronavirus in Bowie County and Texarkana is responsible for the Twins having to remain in Amarillo for their three-game series with the Sod Squad. Texarkana was the home team on the scoreboard, but it didn’t help as the Sod Squad scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 20-2 win.

Twins are now road Warriors

Friday’s game was played in the afternoon because the Amarillo Sod Dogs were also scheduled to play Friday night. The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m.

Hooks’ graduate Jared Roberts started on the mound for Texarkana. He allowed 10 runs in 2.2 innings, walking three and striking out three. Roberts is 1-1 this summer.

David Marcano and Lyle Miller-Green accounted for all the runs the Sod Squad needed with home runs. Jose Torres drove in five runs with a triple and double. Terrence Spurlin, a junior at Kansas State, plated two runs with a double and two singles. Max Marusak from Texas Tech, also had three of Amarillo’s 21 hits.

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Welch hammers two doubles for Twins

The Twins (2-8) were once again led by San Jacinto College’s Charlie Welch. He drove in a run with two doubles. Jay French of Central Baptist College, scored both of Texarkana’s runs. He had a double.

Hunter Viets of Auburn at Montgomery was the winning pitcher in relief for the Sod Squad (4-3).

In other TCL play Friday night San Antonio beat Round Rock, 7-2. Victoria defeated Tulsa, 15-3. Frisco outscored the Sod Dogs, 14-11. Brazos Valley beat Arcadiana in the sixth, 5-1.