Pump Jacks split home twinbill with Alexandria
From Staff Reports
July 12, 2012 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - Ben Frith and Carey Taylor pitched into and out of trouble on several occasions, and the Alexandria Aces took advantage of three East Texas errors to salvage a split of a Texas Collegiate League doubleheader on Thursday at Driller Park.
The Pump Jacks won the opener, 5-2, but dropped a 5-3 decision in the nightcap.
Kash Kalkowski had a big night at the plate in the twinbill, and Hallsville product Jason Jester set a TCL record in the opening game with his 14th save of the season.
The Pump Jacks (25-8) are idle tonight, and then begin a three-game road trip on Saturday with a visit to Victoria. After taking on the Texas Marshals on Sunday and Alexandria on Monday, East Texas returns home Tuesday to host Acadiana.
Alexandria moved to 15-20 with the split.
Alexandria took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Lucas Quary singled and later scored on a double play ball, and the Aces used two walks and two errors to push across a pair of runs in the third for a 3-0 lead.
The Pump Jacks didn't get a hit off Aces starter Frith until Taylor Murphy doubled in the fourth, but he was stranded at third.
Kalkowski, who finished the night 5-for-7 with a pair of RBIs, drove in a run in the fifth and Kevin O'Leary added an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, but the Aces got a two-run single by Zach Rodgers in the sixth to move in front 5-2.
Murphy doubled again in the sixth and scored on a grounder by Logan Davis to make the final 5-3.
Frith earned the win for the Aces, and Jacob Lindgren shouldered the loss for the Pump Jacks.
The Pump Jacks used a walk, an error, two hits and a pair of RBI sacrifices to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
John Williams walked to lead things off for East Texas, and Charlie Wagner reached on an error followed by Kalkowski's first hit of the game to load the bases. Justin Wall's single scored Williams, and Wagner and Kalkowski came home on sacrifice flies by R.J. Santigate and Logan Preston.
Logan Davis singled and scored on a double by Kalkowski to make it 4-0 in the bottom of the second, and after Alexandria scored a couple on a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Michael Ruiz to pull to within 4-2 the Pump Jacks tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth when Kalkowski singled with one out and scored on John Wall's double.
Payton Smith started and worked three scoreless innings. Bryce Lombardi was touched for two runs on four hits in two innings, and Jeff Stovall fanned two in the sixth before turning things over to Jester - who struck out the side to slam the door.