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Pump Jacks walk off with 7-6 win in 15 innings

By Jack Stallard
June 5, 2014 at 1:37 a.m.


KILGORE - The East Texas Pump Jacks struggled to collect hits with men in scoring position on Wednesday.

Until it counted the most.

Danny Bolanos singled over rightfielder Mark Whitehead's head to score Joe Moroney from third, and the Pump Jacks walked off with a 7-6 win over The Woodlands Strykers in a 15-inning marathon at Driller Park.

Bolanos, who had struck out in his two previous trips to the plate, ripped a Cullen Cosco fastball to right to bring a happy ending to an otherwise frustrating offensive night that saw the Pump Jacks strand 23 runners - 15 in scoring position.

The Pump Jacks moved to 3-2 with the win, while the Strykers dropped to 0-5.

Moroney, who had four hits on the night, walked to lead off the bottom of the 15th. Matthew Dickey, who had two hits, scored three times and swiped five bases from the leadoff spot, walked. Both men moved into scoring position, and after back-to-back strikeouts Bolanos came through with the big hit.

The Pump Jacks manufactured runs early without the benefit of hits, thanks in part to a generous Strykers' pitching staff that issued 12 walks, hit two batters and unleashed 10 wild pitches.

Bobby Webb had three hits for the Pump Jacks. Sean Coleman drove in three runs, and Whitehead went 5-for-7 from the leadoff spot in the loss for the Strykers.

The Woodlands opened the scoring in the top of the first when Whitehead singled and came around to score on an RBI single by Greg Belton.

East Texas answered with an eventful, two-run frame in the bottom of the first, using three walks, two hit batsmen, two stolen bases and three wild pitches to regain the lead. Dickey and Chris Osborne led off the frame with back-to-back walks, both swiping bases and eventually coming around to score on wild tosses from Strykers' starter Hayden Barrett.

It was more of the same in the bottom of the second for the Pump Jacks, with Dickey drawing a one-out walk, stealing second and scoring on a wild pitch for a 3-1 East Texas lead.

After the Strykers pushed a run across in the top of the third on an RBI single by Kevin Santana, the Pump Jacks used some two-out magic to tack on two more runs for a 5-3 cushion. Moroney singled for the team's first hit, moving up on a wild pitch. Dickey followed with a single. Moroney scored on a wild pitch, and Dickey hustled home on an RBI single by Osborne.

The Strykers scored once in the top of the fourth on Coleman's sacrifice fly, but the Pump Jacks avoided further damage when Anthony Gonsolin gunned down Whitehead at third to end the inning.

Coleman came through with the big hit for the Strykers in the top of the fifth, ripping a bases-loaded triple past a diving Dickey in centerfield to give the visitors a brief 6-5 lead, but the Pump Jacks tied things at 6-6 in the sixth when Andrew Grifol walked and later scored when Connor Hornsby grounded into a double play.

The Pump Jacks visit Acadiana tonight for a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.

<em>(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/lnjsports" target="_blank">@lnjsports</a>).</em>

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