Cody Brooks hit two home runs and Trent Evins threw his third complete game in as many starts as the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings routed the McAllen Thunder 24-1 during the first game of a four-team Texas Winter League doubleheader Sunday at Harlingen Field.
The game became so lopsided it was called after five innings.
Evins (3-0) did not allow a hit until Todd Alls doubled to the opposite field with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning for the only run of the game for the Thunder (4-6-1). He finished with five strikeouts and walked one hitter. By that time the score was 22-0, buoyed by a four-hit performance by Brooks.
Brooks, the cleanup hitting catcher for the WhiteWings (6-4-1), hit a line drive two-run home run to left field off left-handed pitcher Leo Madrid (0-1) with a strong wind blowing out to make the score 8-0 in the second.
Brooks hit another two-run shot into the bullpen behind the short left field wall to cap the WhiteWings’ nine-run third inning off Takati Sato that made the score 20-0.
Bishop finished with six runs driven in and four runs scored and now leads the TWL in home runs. The WhiteWings’ Curtis Camilli added three hits, three RBIs and four runs.
The WhiteWings scored at least two runs in every inning. The Thunder’s lone highlight of the game was when Eric Sheridan struck out four batters in the fourth, and after the game he was traded to the WhiteWings for a fellow right-handed pitcher, Brownsville native William Martinez.
During the second game, Selby Brummett struck out 11 batters and threw a complete-game six-hitter as the Edinburg Roadrunners defeated the Brownsville Stars 6-3.
“Does (Brummett) look like a guy who will be pitching professionally this year? The answer is yes,” Roadrunners manager Brooks Carey said.
“I’ve been staying down with my pitches and using both sides of the plate,” said Brummett, a former pitcher at the University of New Mexico who struggled in his Lobos career.
The complete game comes one start after Brummett pitched two innings before having to leave a game Wednesday with arm stiffness.
“I ran a little bit, long tossed. That loosened up my arm,” Brummett said. “It was tough to pitch on three days rest so early.”
“Peak late, not early. That’s what we preach here,” Carey said.
After the Stars (5-5-1) scored an unearned run duringthe first inning, the Roadrunners (6-5) plated three runs in the bottom half on run-scoring hits from Cody Bishop, Doug Freeman and Tyler Hanks.
Hanks, who once pitched in the Washington Nationals organization, was brought into the TWL by Brummett, a friend since preschool and one-time teammate at Spanish Fork High School in Utah.
The Roadrunners added three more runs in the third off starter Anthony Abbato (0-1) on run-scoring singles from Freeman, Ginjiro Fujiwara and Tsuyoshi Takahata.
Freeman and Fujiwara were hitting less than .125 entering the weekend. Fujiwara, the youngest player in the TWL at 18, has nine hits in his last 13 at bats, and Freeman is 5 for 12.
The only earned run Brummett (1-2) allowed came when Austin Fraker doubled in Dave Angle with two outs in the fourth. Austin Newell and Alex Foltz pulled off a double steal of second base and home during the fifth inning to make the score 6-3, but Newell reached on an error in order to reach base and steal home.
The game also was highlighted by the performance of 43-year-old Brownsville chiropractor James Edwards, who served as the Stars’ designated hitter and hit eighth. Edwards fanned three times but fouled off three of Brummett’s deliveries.
The Texas Winter League will resume Tuesday as an extra day of games have been added to the schedule. The Stars and Thunder will meet at 11 a.m., and the Roadrunners and WhiteWings battle for first place at 2 p.m.
Broncs lose to Islanders in series finale
CORPUS CHRISTI – After combining for 19 runs during the first three games of the series, the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders combined for 19 more Sunday as the Broncs lost 12-7 at Chapman Field.
Riley Goulding paced the offense for the Broncs (1-3) by going 3 for 5 with two runs scored. He is 7 for 13 (.538) this season and 13 for 24 (.542) all-time against the Islanders (3-1). Derek Hagy and Will Klausing each drove in two runs, Jacob Huckabay hit his first career home run and PSJA alumnus Jonathan Garza went 1 for- 3 with an RBI and a run scored as the starting DH.
Brad Porras went 3 for 5 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored, but it Eric Weiss’ bases-clearing triple -- part of a two-hit, five-RBI day -- did the most damage for the Islanders.
The Broncs led 4-3 in the fifth. Jordan Lee started the bottom half of the inning by reaching on an error by Hagy in center field. Cody Stephens followed by laying down a bunt, but a fielding error by Dillon Engelhart at third base allowed him to reach base.
Jonathan Gonzales' single scored Lee, and then Broncs starter Matt Daniels (0-1) plunked Porras to load the bases. Weiss followed with a three-run triple to knock out Daniels and give the Islanders the lead for good.
Luis Flores entered from the UTPA bullpen and plunked Dominic Lopez. Brad Lamberti followed by bunting into a fielder’s choice, allowing Weiss to score to cap the five-run inning with the score 8-4 Islanders.
That made a winner of Adam Hoelscher (1-0), who allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out three in five innings.
The Broncs scored twice during the sixth, as Hagy hit a two-run single to score Goulding and Garza with two outs. But the Islanders scored three runs in their half of the inning to push the game out of reach.
Roma alumnus Isaac Martinez made his collegiate debut, pitching a scoreless eighth. La Joya Juarez-Lincoln alumnus Israel Elizondo also made his debut, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in 1 and 2/3 innings.
The Broncs next play at 6:30 p.m. Friday when they open up a three-game series at Northwestern State.
-- UTPA Services