The Jacks bounce back from two straight losses with convincing win over the Brazos Valley Bombers to move to 33-14 on the season, breaking the franchise record for wins in a season
The 2011 East Texas Pump Jacks added another line to their list of accomplishments this season Thursday night.
With a 7-3 win over the Brazos Valley Bombers, the Jacks broke the franchise record for wins in a season with 33. The win also tied the Texas Collegiate League record for wins in a season.
The Jacks record-breaking night came in a total team effort, bouncing back from two straight losses including a shutout from the Bombers on Wednesday night.
A day after being named the #8 team in the nation in summer collegiate baseball by Perfect Game, the Jacks returned to their winning ways with dominant pitching and explosive bats.
Ty Marlow went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Jacks offensive attack. Tyler Girouard extended his hit streak to 17 games in his first at bat in the top of the fifth. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette freshman improved his batting average to .296 going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jake Pinchback also posted a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
Making his first start as a Pump Jack, Longview native Ryan Small picked up his first RBI going 2-for-3 at the plate and scoring a run as well. Hunter Dozier knocked in one and scored two while Seth Granger scored a run and singled to round out the Jacks scoring attack.
Jaden Dillon picked up his seventh win in his last seven starts. The McNeese State hurler tossed six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits. He tied his season best with seven strikeouts in his eighth start of the season.
The Pump Jacks bullpen answered the call again to close out the game. Brett Higginbotham came on in the seventh inning and allowed a leadoff walk but sat the next three down in order, striking out one.
Besides a Bomber reaching on a tough-luck error from Dozier, Jason Jester was a one-man show in the eighth inning. The Hallsville native made a nice snag on a comebacker up the middle and struck out the final two batters he saw. He sat down the Bombers in order in the ninth to close out the contest, picking up two more strikeouts.
Following only their second shutout of the season on Wednesday, the Pump Jacks wasted no time putting runs on the board Thursday. Jace Statum reached on leadoff walk and stole second. He scored on a single from Dozier. Girouard then singled to put runners at first and second. Marlow singled to left field, scoring Dozier easily. The Texas A&M freshman’s aggressive base running started a crazy rundown that resulted in him safe on first with a face full of dirt and Girouard scoring to give the Jacks the early 3-0 lead.
Small led off the second with a walk and scored when Pellant was caught in a rundown and reached safely on an error from the Bomber’s second baseman, extending the Jacks lead to 4-0.
Marlow singled with two outs in the third, followed by a walk from Pinchback with both advancing 90-feet on a wild pitch. Small then picked up his first RBI as a Pump Jack, scoring Marlow on single down the left field line, pushing the Jacks lead to 5-0.
Dillon carried a no-hit bid until the fifth inning before giving up a double to Bomber third baseman Adam Smith with two outs. Cameron Sherrer then singled to score Smith easily from second. Herbert Romero picked up an RBI single and the Bombers scored their third run on error from Pinchback trying to snag a ball on the right field line, cutting the Jacks lead to 5-3. Dillon recovered quickly, striking out Trey Porras to end the inning. He struck out two more in the sixth in his final inning on the mound.
Granger singled and Dozier walked to lead off the seventh. Both scored on a Marlow double to give the Jacks a 7-3 lead that they would carry throughout the rest of the contest.
The Jacks welcome the Coppell Copperheads to historic Driller Park for a two-game set this weekend to round out their four game homestand.
Friday is the final Fireworks Friday of the season, presented by KLTV News. This will be the last chance to see the Jacks light up the East Texas sky with the season’s biggest and best fireworks show, set to a brand-new soundtrack. This is final show of the summer, so make sure to be a part of it!
On Saturday, the Jacks celebrate the return of the NFL with “Football Is Back” Night, presented by Kilgore Ford and Priority Energy Services. Fans have a chance to win tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game – that’s right, the Jacks are giving away Cowboys tickets! Fans can also receive one of 200 Pump Jacks mini footballs, which will be given away at the front gate.
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