Pump Jacks 'steal' 2-1 win over Bombers
July 10, 2012 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - Michael Hager threw one bad pitch on Tuesday. An alert Logan Davis made sure that one bad pitch didn't cost Hager or the East Texas Pump Jacks the game.
Hager struck out 10 in eight strong innings of work on the hill, and Davis' team-leading 14th stolen base of the year was a swipe of home as the Pump Jacks earned a 2-1 Texas Collegiate League win over the Brazos Valley Bombers at Driller Park.
Hallsville's Jason Jester pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save. The game lasted just 1 hour, 54 minutes.
East Texas, opening a three-game homestand, ran its record to 24-7 with the win. The Pump Jacks host Alexandria tonight and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. back at Driller Park. Brazos Valley drops to 19-14 with the loss.
Hager (4-1) outdueled Bombers starter Andrew Godial (3-2) in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel. Hager gave up a long home run to Brazos Valley number nine hitter Jordan Hammerman with one out in the top of the third to tie the game at 1-1, but the Bombers had little luck against the East Texas right-hander after that.
Hager fanned the next two men, struck out two more in the fourth and did not allow a base runner in the next four innings. He struck out five in a row at one point in the seventh and eighth innings before turning things over to Jester in the ninth.
Godial worked five innings, giving up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
East Texas jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when R.J. Santigate singled and later scored on a single by Taylor Murphy. Murphy had two of the Pump Jacks' six hits.
The Bombers tied it on Hammerman's first home run of the season in the top of the third, but East Texas made a winner of Hager with some clutch hitting and heads-up base running in the bottom of the fifth.
Murphy led off the Pump Jack fifth with a single, but was erased when Blair DeBord hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Davis followed with a single, and John Williams walked - both men moving up on a passed ball.
Davis then gave East Texas the lead for good when he broke for home as Brazos Valley catcher Braden Mattson lobbed the ball back to the mound. Davis scored easily for a 2-1 cushion.
Brazos Valley got a man aboard on a single in the top of the ninth, but Jester put out the fire with a groundout, strikeout and liner to center field.
NOTES: The Pump Jacks dropped from No. 7 to No. 11 in this week's rankings by Perfect Game.
The poll considers more than 250 summer collegiate teams from across the United States and Canada.
In the fourth poll of the 2012 season, the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League continue to be ranked No. 1.
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