Bryan-College Station, TX (August 9, 2014) – For the second time in as many years, the Brazos Valley Bombers will play for the Texas Collegiate League Championship after defeating the East Texas PumpJacks in the first round elimination game Saturday.
“That was a playoff atmosphere, that was a playoff game,” said head coach Curt Dixon. “0-0 there through five, a lot of situations teams could have capitalized [on,] but our guys were resilient.”
The contest went scoreless through the first four-and-a-half innings of play, as neither team was able to push a run across despite opportunities by both teams to score. However, the Bombers would break the stalemate in the bottom of the fifth as shortstop Horacio Correa III scored on a triple from right fielder Blake Kopetsky. Kopetsky would then score on a sacrifice fly from first baseman G.R. Hinsley that would result in a play at the plate.
The Bombers followed up with two more runs the next inning, with left fielder Ford Moore scoring on a single by Hinsley and Kopetsky coming home on yet another single, this time from designated hitter Grady Caldwell.
Starting pitcher Cody Brannon would give the quality start the Bombers needed, going 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts while surrendering just one run and earning his seventh win of the season.
“I felt good, felt strong,” Brannon said. “[I] just tried to work on getting ahead of hitters and staying ahead, and tonight it worked out pretty good. Playing here at Cellucor Field, it’s pretty much always packed so I’m used to it. [The] playoff atmosphere—it was good, but I just focus on me and the catcher.”
The Bombers bullpen was able to silence any further attempts by the PumpJacks to muster a comeback. Texas A&M product AJ Minter went two scoreless innings and struck out the side in the top of the ninth to send the Bombers on to the championship series
The Bombers will travel to Riverside Stadium in Victoria, Texas Sunday to play the first game in a best-of-three against the Victoria Generals. Sunday’s game will begin at 7:35 p.m.
“This time a year anyone you face is going to be quality, but I’ll take our chances with our guys anywhere we’ve got to go,” Dixon said.
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