BRYAN -- The Brazos Valley Bombers’ struggles continued tonight as they were defeated by the McKinney Marshals 13-9 in a game that featured five lead changes, 22 runs, 25 hits and 23 runners left on base. The Bombers will look to even up the series tomorrow in a rematch against the Marshals on Fireworks Friday.
The Marshals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Bombers scored one in the first and four more in the second to take a 5-2 lead. The Bombers seemed to be running away with the game, but McKinney bounced back with four runs of their own in the fourth to reclaim the lead at 6-5.
The Bombers came right back with a run in the bottom half of the fourth to tie it up at six and eventually claimed the lead back 8-7 in the seventh inning as Jesse Payne scored on an error.
McKinney came roaring back to take the lead for good in the eighth, as they scored six runs on Aaron Daab and Joaquin Hinojosa to go up 13-8. The Bombers were able to score one more, but it was not enough as McKinney held on for the 13-9 win.
The Bombers totaled 10 hits in the game, with Clifton Thomas and Cliff Vaughn recording two-hit games each. Brazos Valley will try to put an end to their current skid tomorrow as Travis Smith takes the hill against the Marshals.