The Amarillo Sod Squad had the biggest inning and the biggest hits of the night to beat the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio 9-6 on Tuesday in Amarillo in the Texas Collegiate League opener for both teams.
The Chanclas got strong offensive output from the top of the order. The first four batters – Jordan Thompson, Porter Brown, Kyte McDonald and Lee Thomas – combined for six hits, four runs, five RBIs and two walks.
The Sod Squad had eight hits including two triples and a two-run homer. They scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning and led the rest of the way.
There was also some visible rustiness, which wasn’t a surprise since most of the players hadn’t been in a game in months. The teams combined for eight errors and 16 walks.
AROUND THE TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
The Victoria Generals won their opener on the road, beating the Acadiana Cane Cutters 2-1. Acadiana comes to Wolff Stadium to play the Flying Chanclas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Flying Chanclas go down in order in the top of the 9th.
Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 9, game over.
Last call for the Flying Chanclas. They need a big 9th inning and need the bottom of the batting order to get it started.
Flying Chanclas pitcher Johnny Panatex from St. Mary’s retires the Sod Squad in order in the bottom of the 8th. Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 9, end of 8th.
Flying Chanclas reliever Johnny Panatex in for the bottom of the 8th inning. Fifth Chanclas pitcher of the game.
Flying Chanclas come up empty in top of 8th when strikeout ends the threat. Running out of outs.
Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 9, middle 8th.
Flying Chanclas are down 3 runs in the 8th inning. They have a runner caught stealing, then the next batter walks. Two men on 2 outs.
Flying Chanclas have runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out in top of 8th. Sod Squad make a pitching change.
Flying Chanclas’ Porter Brown from Reagan HS and TCU singles to lead off the 8th, his second hit of the day.
Sod Squad have done the job with their bats – 8 hits so far including two triples and a home run.
Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 9, end of 7th.
Sod Squad’s Lyle Miller Green goes deep for a 2-run homer with no outs in 7th, boosts Amarillo’s lead to 3 runs.
Flying Chanclas reliever Jaime Ramirez in for the bottom of the 7th.
Flying Chanclas’ 8-9-1 batters go down in order in top of 7th.
Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 7, middle of 7th.
Flying Chanclas reliever Arturo Guajardo entered the game with 2 outs in the 5th. He stays in for the 6th, walks the 1st batter, then retires the next 3 in order.
Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 7, end of 6th.
Porter Brown scores with 2 outs. Flying Chanclas add two runs in top of the 6th to close to within a run.
Chanclas 6, Sod Squad 7, middle of 6th.
Flying Chanclas’ Kyte McDonald, from Antonian, has 3 hits, 2 RBIs and a run scored so far in the first 6 innings of the season.
Flying Chanclas’ Kyte McDonald comes through with an RBI single. Two runners on, no outs in top of 6th.
Flying Chanclas have runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the top of the 6th and the heart of the order coming up.
Sod Squad score twice with 2 outs in bottom of fifth.
Flying Chanclas 4, Sod Squad 7, end of 5th.
Flying Chanclas reliever Derek Klosowski retired 8 of first 10 batters he faced. Then things went bad with 2 outs in 5th. RBI single, wild pitch, RBI single.
Sod Squad’s David Marcano, who tripled in the 2nd, has an RBI single in the 5th to extend Amarillo’s lead to 6-4.
Flying Chanclas retired in order in top of 5th. They will have the top of their batting order coming up in the 6th.
Chanclas 4, Sod Squad 5, middle of 5th.
Flying Chanclas stranded 6 runners in the first 3 innings before their 4-run 4th inning. Getting those clutch hits in the 4th had to give their mojo a boost.
Flying Chanclas reliever Derek Klosowski has faced 7 batters and recorded 6 outs in two innings. Sod Squad goes down in order in bottom of 4th.
Chanclas 4, Sod Squad 5, end of 4th.
Flying Chanclas put up 4 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and 2 Amarillo errors.
Chanclas 4, Sod Squad 5, middle of 4th.
Tyler Larue walks to put Flying Chanclas runners on first and second with 2 outs and 4 runners in. Sod Squad make a pitching change in top of 4th.
Flying Chanclas stringing together big at-bats. Lee Thomas singles to drive in Jordan Thompson and Kyte McDonald. Chanclas scored 4 runs so far in the 4th are close the game to one run.
Kyte McDonald’s RBI single scores Leyton Barry in top of 4th. Flying Chanclas cut the lead to 5-2.
Grant Smith scores the first Flying Chanclas run of the season in the top of the 4th. Porter Brown records San Antonio’s first RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Flying Chanclas get first two batters on in top of 4th. Load the bases with 1 out. A hit would go a long way right here.
No damage by the Sod Squad batters in the bottom of the 3rd. Flying Chanclas needed that kind of a quiet defensive half of an inning.
Chanclas 0, Sod Squad 5, end of 3rd.
Flying Chanclas pitcher Riggs Threadgill lasted 2 innings, gave up four hits including 2 triples. All 5 runs are unearned. Derek Klosowski in for the Chanclas in bottom of 3rd.
Flying Chanclas get a runner on third with 1 out in top of 3rd, but come up empty.
Chanclas 0, Sod Squad 5, middle of 3rd.
It’s early enough in the game that the Flying Chanclas are staying aggressive on the bases even though they could use a big inning. Kytle McDonald leads off 3rd with a single, then steals second and third.
Chanclas have a rough bottom of 2nd. Sod Squad score 5 runs on 2 triples and 3 Chanclas errors.
Chanclas 0, Sod Squad 5, end of 2nd.
Sod Squad’s David Marcano triples with 2 outs to score 2 more runs. Flying Chanclas have paid the price for their three errors.
The bottom of the 2nd turning ugly for Flying Chanclas. Three errors with two outs result in three runs for Sod Squad – so far.
Sod Squad use a one-out triple, two Flying Chanclas two-out errors and score twice in bottom 2nd.
Flying Chanclas loaded the bases with no outs top of 2nd, had top of the order up with 1 out, couldn’t score a run. Missed opportunity.
Chanclas 0, Sod Squad 0, middle of 2nd
Flying Chanclas load the bases in top 2nd. Leyton Barry has a 7-pitch at-bat and goes to first on a two-strike wild pitch.
Sod Squad have one hit and no runs in the bottom of the first.
Chanclas 0, Sod Squad 0, end of 1st.
Flying Chanclas starting pitcher Riggs Threadgill from Fredericksburg and McLennan CC on the mound in the bottom of the first inning.
Flying Chanclas get a walk from Jordan Thompson, single from Porter Brown in top of 1st. Leave 2 runners on. No scoring.
Chanclas 0, Sod Squad 0, middle of first.