Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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BRENHAM- Blinn's run is done at the Region XIV baseball tournament.

The Buccaneers dropped an elimination game to Texarkana, 13-5, Tuesday afternoon at Leroy Dreyer Field.

Bulldog head coach Will Bolt, a former Texas A&M assistant, got a two-run homer from Joaquin Hinojosa in the top of the third inning.

The Dogs put up six runs in the fifth, three of those coming home on a
Jordy Snikeris dinger.

The Bucs struggled defensively in the seven-inning game, six of Texarkana's runs were unearned.

Blinn ends its year at 42-&-16.

San Jacinto pounded Texarkana, 15-3, in the second game of the day to claim the regional title.

Buccaneers’ run comes to a close -- San Jacinto beats Texarkana for tournament title

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Sophomore shortstop Jonathan Ogden fields a ground ball during Blinn’s 13-5 loss to Texarkana Tuesday afternoon in the Region 14 Tournament semifinals. Ogden is going to Mississippi State University in the fall. Richard Bray/Reprints at
By RICHARD BRAY/Sports Editor
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 1:26 PM CDT
The Blinn Buccaneer baseball team won three consecutive elimination games to reach the semifinals of the Region 14 Tournament, but on Tuesday the club’s Junior College World Series dreams came to a close with a 13-5 loss to Texarkana.

Blinn, the second seed out of the South Zone, dropped its tournament opener to Navarro 11-3, but bounced back on Sunday and Monday with three consecutive victories, including a 6-4 victory over Navarro Monday night to advance into the semifinals.

But in Tuesday’s contest the Buccaneers were unable to get any traction as Texarkana pounced on every Blinn miscue on the afternoon.

Sophomore left-hander Zach Hardoin (10-2), who went undefeated during the regular season, suffered his second loss of the tournament on two days’ rest. After Blinn’s victory over Navarro on Monday night, Hardoin sought out Blinn (42-17) coach Harvey McIntyre for the opportunity to pitch against Texarkana, but the University of Missouri signee allowed six runs - three earned - in 4 1/3 innings.

Even though Texarkana managed just two hits against Hardoin, the southpaw walked five batters, and Texarkana’s first hit of the day was a two-run home run by Joaquin Hinojosa that gave Texarkana a 4-1 lead.

“When I got him off the mound I told him I appreciate his effort and his will to take the baseball for us,” McIntyre said. “He gave us a great effort.”

Jonathan Delgado entered the game with one out and two on in the fifth after Hardoin walked two batters and immediately ran into trouble as Thomas Watson hit an RBI single and Jordy Snikeras launched a three-run home run that gave Texarkana a 10-2 lead.

Blinn committed just one error in the game, but was plagued with fielding miscues throughout the day. A passed ball on a third strike in the third inning allowed a runner to reach base prior to Hinojosa’s home run, and on two other occasions Blinn outfielders allowed fly balls to fall in front of them after initially running toward the wall. In all, six of Texarkana’s 13 runs were unearned.

Center fielder Trey Johnson was a lone bright spot for the Buccaneers. Johnson hit an RBI single in the first inning to tie the score, then hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning. He had all four of Blinn’s RBIs in the game.

“I think it’s fitting that in Trey Johnson’s last at-bat for us he hit a three-run home run for us,” McIntyre said. “How else would you write that script? When we need a big knock he always seems to produce for us and he did it again today.”

John Stilson earned the win for Texarkana, throwing 5 2/3 innings. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out six. After Ty Moore got the final out of the sixth inning, Colton Reavis threw a perfect seventh inning to end the game - and Blinn’s season - via mercy rule.

San Jacinto, which won all four of its tournament games, defeated Texarkana 8-5 Tuesday night to win the tournament championship and advance to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Blinn’s roster included 15 sophomores this season, including Jonathan Ogden, Zak Leonhardt, Trenton Irwin, Brian Smith, Brandon Finken, Johnson, Cameron Goff, Broc Haymon, Kendall Korbal, Hardoin, Michael Dixon, Phillip Butler, Eric Staha, Cody Morrison and Mario Eramo.

“This group accomplished so much,” McIntyre said. “Winning 42 baseball games is extremely impressive. Not just what they did from a statistical standpoint, they played hard and with energy. They were a lot of fun to be around, to coach and to watch.”

Blinn will be sending plenty of athletes on to four-year schools next season, including Eramo at Penn State, Hardoin at Missouri, Johnson and Ogden at Mississippi State, Korbal at Texas Christian University, Smith at Sam Houston State, Leonhardt at San Angelo State, Irwin at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Morrison at Texas A&M. McIntyre said he also expects Dixon to sign with a four-year program after the Bucs’ right-hander generated plenty of interest with his performance at the conference tournament.

“They have done the right thing from day one,” McIntyre said. “They’re a very unselfish, very committed group. They’re great players, but at the same time they’re just an outstanding group of young men.

“It’s a big group of kids we brought in and it’s a big group of kids we’re losing. They brought more sophomore leadership than any other group we’ve had. Hopefully our young kids can learn just by watching those guys, and they should because it’s a great group to follow up.”

Both Morrison and Johnson were named to the all-Region 14 team.

The Buccaneers will have to replace their starting first baseman, shortstop and outfielders, as well as the bulk of their starting pitchers next season.

“To me it’s trying to replace Trey Johnson, Cody Morrison, Mario Eramo and Zak Leonhardt in the lineup, and Ogden’s presence in the infield, but at the same time we’ve got a great group of freshmen who will step right in and do a great job for us next year as sophomores.”

Bulldogs finish second...

Bulldogs finish second

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BRENHAM, Texas—It would seem difficult to take something positive from a 15-3 loss, but Texarkana College coach Will Bolt did just that after his team was eliminated by seventh-ranked San Jacinto College Tuesday in the Region XIV baseball finals at Blinn College’s Leroy Dryer Field.

“The way I see it, we had two bad innings against San Jac in both games we played them,” Bolt said. “In the first game we had a chance to put them on the ropes early, and we let them take the momentum away from us. The same thing happened today. If we had managed to stay in the winner’s bracket, things might have been different.”

The Bulldogs, who run-ruled host Blinn College, 13-5, earlier in the day to earn a second shot at San Jacinto, finished the season at 40-15. The Gators take a 43-9 record to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., in two weeks.

San Jacinto raked six Texarkana pitchers for 19 hits in the game.

“We just totally ran out of gas in the second game,” Bolt said. “When you run tired arms out there against a team like San Jac, they’ll make you pay.”

The Bulldogs lost shortstop Trey Buck to a possible fractured wrist when he collided with the Gators first baseman after bunting. Buck played a key role in the win over Blinn.

The Bulldogs managed nine hits, including a double and single by John Stilson, who replaced Buck at shortstop. Jake Rogers had a pair of singles and drove in a run.

“We had a good season, winning the conference championship,” Bolt said. “We talked all year about going to Grand Junction, and we fell just one game short. We’ve got 14 freshmen coming back, and hopefully the experience they got here will help us get back.”

San Jacinto 227 200 201 — 15 19 1

Texarkana 100 000 110 — 3 9 0

Sean Nolin, Dylan Adamek (8) and Gregg Alazar. Justin Fowler, Justin Fielden (3), Zach Fowler (3), Brittan Diamon (3), Ty Moore (5), Joaquin Hinojosa (7) and Lance Marvel, Michael Long (8). WP-Nolin. LP-J. Fowler. HR-Danny Hernandez, 4th, none on.

Texarkana 13, Blinn 5

Texarkana’s 10-hit attack in the early game included home runs by Joaquin Hinojosa and Jordy Snikeris.

Pitching on two days rest, John Stilson improved to 12-1 on the season, pitching 5 2/3 innings and throwing 103 pitches. He walked four and struck out six, while yielding four earned runs. Ty Moore allowed a run before retiring the last batter in the sixth, and Colton Reavis came on to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh.

Leadoff batter Trey Buck was a thorn in the Buccaneers’ sides, drawing three walks, stealing three bases and scoring three runs.
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The Bulldogs broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the third inning and never trailed after that. Buck drew a 1-out walk, stole second, and one out later Brian Ellis reached on a third-strike wild pitch. Buck eventually scored on a balk by losing pitcher Zach Hardoin (10-2), and Ellis rode home on Hinojosa’s team-leading 11th home run over the center field wall.

After Blinn pulled within 4-2 with a run in the fourth inning, the Bulldogs put it out of reach in the fifth. Buck and Ellis drew walks and pulled off a double steal after Hardoin was replaced by Jonathan Delgado.

Buck scored as Hinojosa grounded out to shortstop, and after David Allday was hit by a pitch, Thomas Watson singled, driving in Ellis. Hot-hitting Lance Marvel, who was 3 for 4 with two runs batted in, then drove in Allday with a single. Snikeris’ 2-run homer capped the 5-run inning.

Marvel, Buck and Austin Atwell had RBI singles in the seventh as the Bulldogs ended the game on the run-rule.

Watson’s double and two singles led TC at the plate. Watson had a double and single for the Bulldogs (40-14).

Texarkana 103 050 3 — 12 10 0

Blinn 100 103 0 — 5 8 1

John Stilson, Ty Moore (6), Colton Reavis (7) and Jody Snikeris. Zach Hardoin, Jonathon Delgado (5) and P. D. McIntyre. WP-Stilson (12-1). LP-Hardoin (10-2). HR: TC-Joaquin Hinojosa, 3rd, 1 on; Snikeris, 5th, 1 on.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bulldogs suffer 8-5 setback against San Jacinto College...

Bulldogs suffer 8-5 setback against San Jacinto College

BRENHAM, Texas—The long ball has put Texarkana College behind the 8-ball.

Pre-tournament favorite San Jacinto College cracked five home runs en route to an 8-5 victory over the Bulldogs Monday in a battle of unbeatens in the Region XIV baseball tournament at Blinn College.

The loss leaves TC in the position of having to win three straight games, including two today, to win the regional title and JUCO World Series berth. The Bulldogs face the winner of Monday’s late game between Navarro and Blinn at 1 p.m. today. If they survive that contest, they will get San Jacinto at 5 and will have to beat the Gators to force a final game at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Texarkana (39-14) managed just one run after loading the bases with one out in the top of the first inning, and the Gators started their home run barrage in the bottom of the frame with back-to-back-to-back shots off the bats of Steven Vidaurri, Devin Shines and Ryan Burnaman. A double and stolen base by Zachary Benson and an RBI single by Danny Hernandez made it 5-1 and finished starter Zach Fowler after one inning and 46 pitches.

“The first five innings of the game were very intense,” said TC coach Will Bolt. “I thought we were extremely ready to go, and we got a run in that first inning, but should have probably put up a crooked number there. Then they answered back in the bottom of the inning.”

Left-handed starter David Rollins, who opposed Liberty-Eylau’s Fowler in the 2006 prep playoffs while pitching for Carthage, managed to survive a 3-run Bulldog second inning, pitching through the seventh to earn the win. He threw 130 pitches before leaving after walking the leadoff batter in the eighth.

“It’s hard to play from behind, and our guys battled back to make a game of it,” said Bolt. “We had some baserunners on, but every time he (Rollins) got out of jam he got a little more confidence. He made some adjustments, and so did we. We just missed out on some opportunities late in the game.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the eighth against relievers Jeff Abt and Tommy Collier, but got only one run on Austin Atwell’s infield hit. But the runner coming from second was caught rounding third and tagged in a rundown to end the threat.

Brian Ellis led off the ninth with an infield single, but was picked off first base by the catcher. Collier, who reportedly threw 130 pitches in a Saturday night start, then retired the next two batters to end the game.

Rollins, who wild-pitched a run home in the first before striking out the last two batters, ran into a jam in the second when the bottom of the TC batting order started a 3-run rally. Jordy Snikeris singled, Lance Marvel doubled over the third-base bag, and Jake Rogers spanked an RBI single to right.

Trey Buck’s double to left-center plated Marvel, and Rogers scored the third run when Atwell sent the center fielder to the fence to snag his sacrifice fly. But Rollins again got the next two batters to limit the damage.

If there was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, it was the work of the bullpen. Shane Cole retired the first eight batters he faced before Deric Hawkins smacked a home run to right-center. A walk and

Gregg Alcazar’s 2-run homer to center with two outs in the fifth made it 8-4.

Brittan Diamond pitched 1 2/3 innings and Colton Reavis 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

“After the first five innings of the game I thought we pitched pretty good,” Bolt said. “Shane had his moments when he was good, but the two-run homer was big. But Diamond and Reavis came in and did a good job. They gave us a chance to come back in the game, and I sure felt to the very end that we were going to come back and win.”

The Bulldogs outhit the Gators 10-8, but the only extra-base hits were the doubles by Marvel and Buck. Snikeris and Marvel were the only TC players with two hits.

Bolt said first-game starter John Stilson, who threw six innings and 61 pitches Saturday, would start today’s 1 p.m. game.

Texarkana College 130 000 010 — 5 10 0

San Jacinto College 500 120 00x — 8 8 0

Zach Fowler, Shane Cole (2), Brittan Diamond (6), Colton Reavis (7) and Jordy Snikeris. David Rollins, Jeff Abt (8), Tommy Collier (8) and Gregg Alkazar. WP-Rollins (8-3). LP-Fowler (6-5). HR: SJC-Steven Vidaurri, 1st, 1 on; Devin Shines, 1st, none on; Ryan Burnaman, 1st, none on; Deric Hawkins, 4th, none on; Alcazar, 5th, 1 on.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Regionals Update...

Game 4 for Texarkana
Texarkana (Away)vs. Blinn (Home)
Tuesday, May 12th @ 1:00 PM

The team will be staying at Holiday Inn Express in Brenham off of 290 W.

Here is the bracket (click on bracket) for the tournament.

Here is the website specifically made for the regional:

Bulldogs knock off Navarro at regional tournament...

Bulldogs knock off Navarro at regional tournament

By Johnny Green

Sports Director

BRENHAM, Texas—Eleven runs, 16 hits, five home runs—and Justin Fowler had no hand in any of them.

Yet Fowler was perhaps the key figure in Texarana College’s 11-6 victory over Navarro Sunday in the second round of the Region XIV baseball tournament at Blinn College.

Fowler, last year’s Bulldog ace but a nearly-forgotten man this season, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Tanner Bailey, allowing TC to take control of the game against Navarro, which had beaten the Bulldogs three times in the conference round-robin schedule.

“Justin’s year has been up and down, not the type of year he wanted,” said TC coach Will Bolt. “But not one time has he wavered from the team, and he’s never felt sorry for himself. I think he’s the story of the day, coming in and getting some stops when we needed it. He pitched his tail off today.”

Fowler did weaken in the eighth, walking the first two batters he faced, but closer Joaquin Hinojosa did his job, coming on to strike out five of the six batters he faced.

“I felt good today. I got ahead early, and it works a lot better when you throw strike one,” said Fowler, a sophomore from Diana, Texas. “I got a little tired in my last inning, and my arm started dragging a little bit. I started leaving everything up.”

There were plenty of other heroes on the day for the Bulldogs, who play the winner of the late game between Panola College and San Jacinto North into today’s 5 p.m. semifinals.

David Allday, the East Division’s Player of the Year and an all-region selection, was 4 for 4 with a double and his 10th home run, a prodigious blast to dead center, and scored four runs.. The former Texas High standout is 6 for 7 in two tournament games.

Thomas Watson slugged his seventh and eighth home runs, driving in five runs. He also doubled.

Brian Ellis also had three hits, and it was his 2-run shot to right that finished Navarro starter Logan Chitwood in a 5-run fifth. Watson’s second homer of the game, a 3-run shot to left, came off reliever Austin Pruitt to cap the big inning.

“I’ve never seen anything like the way our hitters squared the ball up in those couple of innings,” Bolt said. “We knew what we were looking for, and when got it we didn’t miss it.”

Lance Marvel’s seventh homer of the season, almost a replica of Allday’s, was the only solo round-tripper for TC. It came in the fourth inning and tied the game after Jordy Snikeris’ 2-run single had pulled the Bulldogs within one earlier in the frame.

Bailey struggled early on, giving up a 2-run homer to Bobby Buckner, son of former major leaguer Bill Buckner, that momentarily put Navarro up 5-2. He was pulled in the fifth after yielding a solo home run to Joey Fuda and a single.

The first batter Fowler faced reached on an error, but he settled in to retire nine batters in a row before the two walks in the eighth. Hinojosa then did his thing.

“He plays right field, hits in the four hole, then comes in and throws two scoreless innings,” Bolt said. “He did a good job, and we’re going to need him the rest of the tournament.”

Allday is confident the Bulldogs will punch the school’s third ticket to the JUCO World Series.

“We definitely have a chance to win it,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of pitching left, all the hitters are coming around, everybody’s seeing the ball real well and we’re putting up a lot of runs. We’re going to win it.”

Zach Fowler is scheduled to take the mound for the Bulldogs today.

Galveston and Angelina were the first teams eliminated on Sunday. Host Blinn downed Galveston, 14-6, and Alvin College knocked off Angelina, 7-2. Angelina dropped a 6-2 decision to San Jacinto North in Saturday’s late game.

Alvin and Navarro play the first elimination game today at 10 a.m. with Blinn taking on the Panola-San Jacinto loser at 1. The winners of those two games will play again at 8 p.m.

Texarkana College 020 350 100 — 11 16 3

Navarro College 113 010 000 — 6 8 0

Tanner Bailey, Justin Fowler (5), Joaquin Hinojosa (8) and Jordy Snikeris. Logan Chitwood, Austin Pruitt (5), Jason Drymalia (9) and Mark Mayfield, Justin Snider (9). WP-Fowler (5-3). LP-Chitwood. HR: TC-David Allday, 2nd, 1 on; Thomas Watson, 4th, 1 on; Lance Marvel, 4th, none on; Brian Ellis, 5th, 1 on; Watson, 5th, 2 on; NC-Bobby Buckner, 3rd, 1 on; Joey Fuda, 5th, none on.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bulldogs rout Galveston College at regional tournament, 11-3...

Bulldogs rout Galveston College at regional tournament, 11-3

BRENHAM, Texas—On a day dominated by the East Division, Texarkana College may have been the most dominant of all in Saturday’s opening round of the 2009 Region XIV baseball tournament at Blinn College.

Ironically, the Bulldogs, Navarro College and Panola College all won by the 8-run rule that goes into effect in the seventh inning. Even more ironic were the identical final scores, 11-3, Navarro beating host Blinn in seven innings and Panola downing defending champion Alvin College in eight.

As for Texarkana College, the win became official when David Allday’s opposite-field double to left sent Joaquin Hinojosa scurrying home from first with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. The same combination almost ended the game on the 10-run rule with one out in the bottom of the fifth when Allday singled Hinojosa to third, but was nailed at second base on the cutoff throw from the shortstop. The next batter, Thomas Watson, hit a high fly ball to right, which would have been plenty deep enough to plate the deciding run.

While it had no bearing on the eventual outcome, the play did have some significance. TC starter John Stilson (11-1) had thrown only 37 pitches through five innings, but needed 24 to get through the sixth when Galveston scored its second run and left two men on base.

“John still only threw about 60 pitches, and he was just pitching to contact today,” said TC coach Will Bolt. “He wasn’t necessarily trying to strike everybody out. He was just attacking the zone and trying to make them make contact early in the count. He was able to do that the first five innings even though they hit some balls hard.”

Stilson, who struck out three and walked two, retired seven batters with a first pitch. Shane Cole pitched the seventh, allowing a home run to Scott Paskat, the first batter he faced, before retiring the next three, one by strikeout.

“We had a chance to end it in the fifth when John’s pitch count was down, and didn’t get it done, then he labored a little bit in the sixth,” Bolt said.. “But the sixth inning was going to be his last regardless of what happened.”

The Bulldogs (38-13) never trailed after leadoff batter Trey Buck belted a home run to left in the bottom of the first inning. It was the first of three long balls by TC, the others coming in an 8-run second after an error opened the floodgates.

Buck reached on the error with one out, and Austin Atwell followed with a double to right, putting runners at second and third. Galveston starter Dan Lazarou almost escaped without scoring damage, forcing a pop fly to the shortstop for the second out, but Hinojosa, who was 3 for 3 with four runs batted in, blasted his team-leading 10th home run near the 355-mark in left-center to make it 4-1.

Jordy Snikeris’ single between a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases, and Lance Marvel dumped a single to right, driving in two runs. Jake Rogers capped the rally when he lined the first pitch over the fence in left for a 2-run homer.

“They booted the ball, and we took advantage of it,” Bolt said. “I thought we swung the bats well.”

Ryan Sampere came on in the fourth inning to quiet the Bulldogs bats, although he yielded an unearned run when Atwell bunted for a hit and went all the way to third base when the ball was thrown away. He scored on Hinojosa’s hit up the middle.

Atwell and Allday, each with a double and single, joined Hinojosa with multiple hits in the game.

Bolt wasn’t surprised with the East Division’s early success in the tournament.

“We knew the East was strong this year, and the top three teams showed it today,” he said. “And I think (4th seed) Angelina is capable of making some noise, too.”

Angelina played the South Zone’s top seed, San Jacinto North, in Saturday’s late game.

Texarkana plays Navarro at 5 p.m today in the winner’s bracket. Navarro was the only team holding an edge over the Bulldogs in round-robin conference play.

“We won the last one, and we think we outplayed them in three out of the four games in conference,” Bolt said. “Actually, we beat them in a tournament down here, and I think we’ve played well enough to win every one of those games except one. If we keep swinging the bats like we are, I like our chances.”

Elmination games will be played at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today with Blinn and Galveston meeting in the first and Alvin and the loser of Saturday’s late game the other. The winner of the late game will play Panola at 8 p.m.

Galveston College 010 001 1 — 3 4 2

Texarkana College 108 100 1 — 11 11 0

No outs when game ended on 8-run rule.

Dan Lazarou, Ryan Sampere (4) and Scott Paskat. John Stilson, Shane Cole (7) and Jordy Snikeris. WP-Stilson (11-1). LP-Lazarou. HR: TC-Trey Buck, 1st, none on; Joaquin Hinojosa, 2nd, 2 on; Jake Rogers, 2nd, 1 on. GC-Pasket, 7th, none on.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Allday named Player of Year in East Zone...

Allday named Player of Year in East Zone

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Texarkana College first baseman David Allday has been named Player of the Year in the East Zone of Region XIV baseball.

Allday, a sophomore from Texas High, was one of eight Bulldogs named to the all-conference team, including another ex-Texas High standout, John Stilson, at pitcher.

Second baseman Trey Buck and Thomas Watson, selected at designated hitter, made the elite squad for the second straight year. They are joined by sophomore transfer Joaquin Hinojosa and freshman Brian Ellis in the outfield, freshman catcher Jordy Snikeris and freshman pitcher Tanner Bailey.

Allday, who has signed with Kansas State University, batted .435 in confeence play with six home runs, five doubles and two triples. He drove in 35 runs, and was one of the top defensive first basemen in the league.

Stilson, who pitched under the watchful eyes of numerous major league scouts during the latter part of the season, struck out 50, walked eight and surrendered 43 hits in 43 2/3 innings. He finished conference play with a 2.47 earned run average and a 6-1 record.

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Watson, injured in the early part of the season, batted .375 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and drove in 15 runs in conference play. He plays third base for the Bulldogs.
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Hinojosa, headed for Texas A&M, had a team-high 36 hits in 89 at-bats, including six doubles, two triples and seven home runs. He batted .404 and tied Allday for the team RBI lead with 35.

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Buck was chosen at second base, although he also saw action at shortstop. He hit .309 with eight doubles, a triple, a home run and 17 runs batted in. He also drew 22 walks from the leadoff position.
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Ellis collected 33 hits in 97 at bats, including eight doubles, three driples and two home runs. He batted .340 and drove in 24 runs.
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Snikeras had eight doubles and two homers among his 31 hits. He drove n 18 runs and batted .425.
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Bailey pitched 39 2/3 innings, allowing 41 hits, 11 walks while striking out 36. He had a 4-1 record and a 4.31 ERA.

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The Bulldogs won their last seven games, sharing the East Zone title with Panola College, but TC will be the zone’s No. 1 seed in the Region XIV tournament starting Saturday at Blinn College in Brenham. Their first game will be 5 p.m. against Galveston College.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Texarkana College routs Arkansas Baptist, 24-2...

Texarkana College routs Arkansas Baptist, 24-2

Arkansas Baptist College provided a little batting practice for Texarkana College as the Bulldogs pounded out 20 hits in a 24-2 victory Saturday at George Dobson Field.

Included in the 20 hits were two home runs by Austin Atwell in his first two at-bats, and another by Thomas Watson.

Zach Fowler was the Bulldogs’ starting pitcher, throwing two innings. Seven pitchers followed Fowler to the mound, throwing one inning each.

This was a warmup game before the state playoffs later this week for the Bulldogs.

“We did get some benefit from this game,” said TC head coach Will Bolt. “We were able to see different players get some action, and get some work for our pitchers.”

Texarkana had a pair of six-run innings and scored in all but one frame in the nine-inning contest.

A 22-minute rain delay interrupted play in the fourth inning with the Bulldogs on top, 11-2, at the time.

During the rain delay, it was decided to play just one nine-inning game instead of the originally scheduled two seven-inning contests.

Atwell’s home run in the first inning put the Bulldogs on top 1-0, but Arkansas Baptist answered on three straight hits in the second inning. A diving catch by Devin Day down the right-field foul line saved two more runs.

The Bulldogs then exploded for six runs on five hits in the bottom of the second inning.

In the rain-delayed fourth inning, the Bulldogs scored five times for a 14-2 lead.

A two-run homer by Watson highlighted a six-run fifth inning.

After Fowler’s two-inning stint on the mound, Brittan Diamond, Ty Moore, Justin Fielden, Shane Cole, Justin Fowler, Joaquin Hinojosa, and John Stilson pitched an inning apiece.

Lance Marvel and Stilson paced the Bulldogs’ 20-hit attack with three hits each. David Allday, Jordy Snikeris, David Allday, Atwell, and Day had two hits each.

Dan Short and Garry Thomas had two hits each for Arkansas Baptist, a first-year baseball program.

Arkansas Baptist 010 100 000 — 2 8 2

Texarkana College 162 561 30x — 24 20 2

Clayton Fenton, Andrew Acklin (4), Mike Brown (5), Cody Hill (7) and Jake House, Mike Brown (7). Zach Fowler, Brittan Diamond (3), Ty Moore (4), Justin Fielden (5), Shane Cole (6), Justin Fowler (7), Joaquin Hinojosa (8), John Stilson (9) and Jordy Snikeris. WP-Diamond. LP-Fenton. HR: Texarkana, Austin Atwell, 1st, none on; Atwell 2nd, one on; Thomas Watson, 5th, one on.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Arkansas Baptist Game Saturday, May 2nd @ noon...

Arkansas Baptist Game Saturday, May 2nd @ noon in Texarkana.

Two 7 inning games.

TC Bulldogs’ season held together by Bolt...

TC Bulldogs’ season held together by Bolt

Will Bolt was not exactly the popular choice when former Texarkana College president Frank Coleman named him head coach of the Bulldogs baseball program in the spring of 2007.

The selection took a lot of folks by surprise, primarily because they felt Chad Massengale had earned the position by coaching the Bulldogs to the Region XIV tournament finals on an interim basis. It was Massengale and volunteer assistant Jake Beasley who saved the team from a possible internal implosion after head coach James Mansinger resigned under fire.

That they weren’t rewarded for their work was cause for resentment toward Coleman directly, and Bolt indirectly, although the latter came highly recommended by three former Bulldog coaches, all of whom he had worked for and learned from at either Nebraska or Texas A&M.

Two years later the Bolt hiring is a good example that the best decisions are made from the head, not the heart. And while we may never know how the Massengale/Beasley combination would have fared at TC, there is little question Coleman’s choice was a good one.

It was feared Bolt’s hiring would result in the exodus of several players loyal to Massengale and with remaining eligibility. That did happen in a few cases, but Bolt did manage to convince local recruits David Allday, Lance Marvel and Zach Fowler to keep their TC commitments.

Bolt’s first team, a mixture of players recruited by Bolt and Mansinger the year before, made the Region XIV tournament as the third seed. The Bulldogs lost two straight games in the double-elimination event, finishing 33-23 overall.

Of the current Bulldogs, only third-year sophomore Thomas Watson, Marvel, Zach Fowler and Justin Fowler weren’t signed by Bolt. Allday officially came on board after Bolt was hired.

Those four, along with returnees Trey Buck and Gip Hendrix, and sophomore transfer Joaquin Hinojosa, played integral roles in the Bulldogs’ march to the No. 1 seed in the East Zone this spring as did a strong freshman class headed by surprising mound ace John Stilson from Texas High.

It turned out to be just the right mixture for an East Zone championship, but the most intriguing part of the story was the route the Bulldogs took to the title.

Because of an unusually wet spring and the drainage problems at George Dobson Field, Bolt was forced to take his team on the road for the first six conference doubleheaders.

Counting a loss to Paris Junior College in a rain-suspended twin bill, the Bulldogs welcomed last-place Lon Morris to Dobson Field on April 1 for their first home series with a 6-5 record. It marked the first home appearance for TC since the final of a four-game series with Coffeyville, Kan., Junior College on Feb. 22.

A sweep of Lon Morris and completion of the suspended game-win over Paris made the eventual road record 9-5, but the home-field advantage in the second half of the season didn’t quite work out the way Bolt had hoped.

A sweep of Panola College, which gave TC a 3-1 edge over the team it eventually tied for the title, was followed by three straight splits, leaving the Bulldogs close but still behind both Panola and Navarro College, the only team with a 3-1 advantage over Texarkana.

But the Bulldogs won their last seven games, and final-day splits by Navarro and Panola pushed TC ahead of the former in the standings and gave it the tie-breaker over the latter.

“The way we won it speaks of the resiliency of this group of kids,” Bolt said. “We didn’t make excuses; we said we had to take care of business, got hot down the stretch, and that’s the way it played out. We won at the right time of the year.”

TC’s assent to the conference throneroom in just his second season at the school was no surprise to Bolt, who bears an incredible on-field resemblance to current Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, the man generally given credit for resurrecting the Bulldog program a couple of decades ago.

“We talked to the kids when we recruited them and when they first set foot on campus about our three goals,” Bolt said. “We want to first win the conference championship, then the regional title, then the national championship. When you talk about it enough to make it important, then you can do it.”

Evidently the Bulldogs are taking Bolt at his word, and while much tougher roads lie ahead, it’s clear the choice Coleman made two years ago was a wise one.