Playoff spots up for grabs in Texas Collegiate League

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It has been a frustrating summer for Texarkana Twins manager Brandon Schmidt. Schmidt's team lost 24 players from his original roster, and the Twins have lost 12 games in a row.

 

Three games remain in the Texas Collegiate League this summer with six teams battling for the four playoff spots.

Frisco (16-10) trails the Amarillo Sod Squad (17-10) by a half game in the North Division. The Amarillo Sod Dogs remain alive at 16-12. Round Rock leads the South Division with a 16-11 record, with San Antonio and Brazos Valley one game back.

The Roughriders extended their winning streak to five games Thursday night, defeating the Texarkana Twins, 16-7. Frisco outhit the Twins at George Dobson Field, 22-12.

It got ugly early with Frisco building a 7-0 lead in the first three innings. The Twins got to Frisco starter Zake Wood for four runs in the bottom of the third. Bret Bowers, Jose Vargas, Austin Colon, Ricardo Leonett and Cade Turnage all had singles in the third.

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Texarkana (4-21) rallied within a run with one run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to make it 8-7. Vargas drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Keegan Sueltz doubled to start Texarkana’s fifth, and Cal Pequeno walked. Sueltz scored on a sacrifice fly by Bowers. Pequeno scored later on Nikaylen Morrison’s single.

Frisco scored in seven of the nine innings to extend the Twins’ losing streak to 12 games.

Isaiah Ortega-Jones, Dominic Tamez and Colby Feris led the winners with four hits each. Ortega-Jones also hit a home run. Rece Staap had three hits for the Roughriders, with Wyatt Staap and Dan Pruitt contributing two hits each. Logan Kohler hit a three-run homer for Frisco.

Turnage led the Twins at the plate with three hits. Vargas and Leonett had two hits each.

In other TCL play Thursday the Sod Dogs beat Tulsa, 2-0. Victoria edged Acadiana, 6-4. The Sod Squad slipped past San Antonio, 4-2, and Round Rock beat Brazos Valley, 3-2.