Buy Tickets


Franchise Partners

Independence Day Rally Falls Short

The Brazos Valley Bombers game with the Wichita Falls Roughnecks on Wednesday afternoon was a close affair through six innings, with the Roughnecks holding a slim 3-1 lead at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark.

The seventh inning changed everything, when the Roughnecks sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to take a commanding 11-1 lead. The Bombers responded with a rally of their own, scoring four to close the gap to 11-5. Another Brazos Valley run in the ninth inning wasn’t enough and left the Bombers with an 11-6 final score.

The pivotal seventh inning saw began with Bombers starter Will Currier (2-2) still on the mound. After a pair of walks and a sacrifice, Currier was lifted for reliever Evan Cox, who struggled. Cox faced three batter and gave up three hits, then was quickly replace by reliever Brice Ary. Ary fought his way through the remainder of the inning, but three more hits helped the Roughnecks post a total of eight runs in the frame.

In the home half, the Bombers worked to generate a comeback. Keith Stein and Ryan Weber sandwiched a Joseph Towns strikeout to put two runners on. After Kip Masuda flied out, pinch-hitter Blake Walker drove an RBI single through the right side. TJ Mittelstaedt, who had two costly errors in the top of the eighth, walked to load the bases. Daman Aaron then stepped to the plate and was plunked, earning an RBI the hard way. Mark McGonigle followed with a single to plate Mittelstaedt and Walker. A Wichita Falls pitching change proved effective, though, as Robert Young coaxed Will Basom into a lazy flyout.

In the ninth, McGonigle posted a two-out single, followed by an RBI double by Basom.

The Roughnecks scored a run in the first and picked up two more in the second off Currier before he settled down. He retired 11 straight from the end of the second to sixth inning, then ran out of gas in the seventh.

The Bombers picked up a run in the third off the bat of Mittelstaedt, whose first home run of the season landed in the nearby Little League field over the right field fence.

The Brazos Valley offense generated nine hits on the game, led by McGonigle’s 3-for-4 outing. Towns also went 2-for-4, and Mittelstaedt scored a pair of runs.

The Bombers go on the road for the next three games before beginning a four-day layoff for the All-Star break. Six Bombers players will be taking part in the TCL All-Star Game on Monday, July 9 – Whitmer and Towns have been named starters, and Basom is joined by pitcher Tyler Davis, McGonigle at designated hitter, and Stein in the outfield as reserves.

Brazos Valley will return to action for a blockbuster three-game stretch at home, featuring Thirsty Thursday on July 12, Fireworks Friday on July 13, and Bombers T-shirt Giveaway Night on July 14.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
August 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
April 2020
February 2020
November 2019
September 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
November 2018
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
December 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
January 2011
November 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006