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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:30 pm

SAN ANGELO - The San Angelo Colts scored on a passed ball to slip past the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 5-4 on Wednesday night at Foster Field.

The Colts (31-32) scored two runs to open the game, as Jon Dziomba came across on a wild pitch and Joseph Hicks scored on a single by Braden Embry after getting on base with a single.

Rio Grande Valley (32-33) answered in the fifth as Albert Carpen brought in Michael Garcia and Roberto Ramirez with a double, but Steve Rinaudo blasted a solo home run over the left field wall giving the Colts a 3-2 lead.

The WhiteWings took the lead in the eighth inning as Thomas Shull reached first base on a fielders choice then stole second. Shull scored on double by Paul Montalbano, tying the game at 3. Montalbano gave the 'Wings a 4-3 lead after an error by Jordan Marks, but Rinaudo led off with an inside-the-park home run, tying the game at 4.

With two outs in the ninth, Cody Hudson reached first base on a WhiteWings error at first and moved to third on an error by Ramirez. The passed ball scored Hudson.

A double header is set to begin at 6:05 p.m. Thursday.

-- WhiteWings Services


Four former Broncs players win title with Roswell

ROSWELL, N.M. – Four former University of Texas-Pan American baseball student-athletes, Roger Bernal, Mike McCarthy, Vinnie Mejia and Jonathan Sa led the Roswell Invaders to the Pecos League Championship on Monday to cap all-star rookie seasons.

Additionally, McCarthy earned postseason MVP honors, and Mejia was the regular season MVP. The Invaders went 50-17 during the regular season, finishing eight games ahead of the closest team, before going 4-0 during the postseason to sweep both rounds.

During the two-game sweep of Las Vegas for the championship, McCarthy, a catcher, hit .600 (6 for 10) with four home runs, one double, seven RBIs and four runs scored.

The Invaders trailed 6-4 with two outs in the eighth Sunday, Mejia drove in Bernal with a single and McCarthy hit a two-run home run to complete the comeback and make a winner of Sa, who pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two.

McCarthy and Mejia combined to drive in six runs during Monday’s clincher, the difference in a 12-6 victory.

Mejia, a third baseman, finished the regular season with a .396 average (108 for 269), the fourth highest mark in the league, 19 home runs, the second highest mark in the league, 88 RBIs, the second highest mark in the league, 17 doubles, tied for the 11th highest mark in the league, and 74 runs scored, the second highest mark in the league.

He also had more walks (a league-leading 62) than strikeouts (51), posting a league-best .514 on-base percentage and a .709 slugging percentage, the second highest mark in the league, giving him a league-leading OPS of 1.208. During the postseason, Mejia hit .500 (7 for 14) with four home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored. He walked five times while striking out once. Overall, in 69 games, Mejia hit .401 with 23 home runs, 93 RBIs and 81 runs scored.

McCarthy hit .328 (62-for-189) with five home runs, 13 doubles, 34 RBIs and 43 runs scored in 52 games during the regular season. He had as many walks as strikeouts with 33 of each. Overall, in 56 games, McCarthy hit .330 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 41 RBIs and 47 runs scored.

In 70 total games, Bernal, a shortstop, hit .304 (95 for 313) with nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 50 RBIs and 68 runs scored. He also stole 16 bases.

In 14 total games (12 starts), Sa, a right-handed pitcher, went 9-1 with a 4.24 ERA. He pitched 74 1/3 innings, striking out 56, and allowed 78 hits and 33 walks. Opponents hit .272 against him.

Four other Broncs are playing in the minor leagues.

Right-handed pitcher Dusten Knight, drafted in the 28th round of this year’s MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants, is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA for the Arizona League Giants (Class R). In nine relief appearances, Knight has pitched 17 1/3 innings, striking out 19 while walking five and scattering 15 hits. Opponents are batting .238 against Knight.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Zouzalik, signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texas Rangers last summer after completing his eligibility with the Broncs, is 2-0 with four saves and a 1.53 ERA for the Spokane Indians (Class A, Northwest League). In 12 relief appearances, Zouzalik has pitched 17 2/3 innings, striking out 11 while allowing 12 hits and six walks. Opponents are batting .194 against Zouzalik, who hasn’t allowed more than one hit in an appearance since June 25, a span of eight games.

Third baseman and Sharyland alumnus Angel Ibanez, selected in the 28th round of last year’s MLB draft by the Houston Astros, is batting .214 (12 for 56) with one double, six RBIs and five runs scored in 16 games for the Greeneville Astros (Class R, Appalachian League).

Frank James Jr., a left-handed pitcher who played for the Broncs from 2001-02, is 0-1 with a 4.72 ERA for the San Angelo Colts (Independent, United League Baseball). In five games (two starts), James has pitched 13 1/3 innings, striking out six.

-- UTPA Services

Two former Broncs players go pro

EDINBURG – Former University of Texas-Pan American men’s basketball student-athletes Brandon Provost and Jesus Delgado have signed professional contracts with BG Leitershofen/Bergen in Germany and Soles de Mexicali in Mexico, respectively, for the 2013-14 season.

BG Leitershofen/Bergen (Topstar Kangaroos) is part of the German Pro B League, which begins in early October. The team plays in Augsburg, Germany, with training facilities in Bergen and Leitershofen.

Los Soles de Mexicali (Mexicali Suns) are part of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, which starts at the end of September. Mexicali is the capital of the northern Mexico state of Baja California Norte.

After transferring from Air Force, Provost played three seasons for the Broncs, averaging 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting .442 from the field, .452 from behind the arc and .802 from the foul line.

This past season, Provost averaged a career-high 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while earning all-Great West Conference first-team honors. He finished his career 12th in program history in scoring (1,252 points), second in three-point shooting (.452), third in 3-pointers made (233), fourth in 3-pointers attempted (516) and sixth in minutes played (2,994).

Delgado played two seasons for the Broncs after starting his career at Cochise Community College, averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. This past season, Delgado started all 32 games and averaged a career-high 9.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists while earning all-Great West Conference second-team honors.

Provost and Delgado will become the 23rd and 24th Broncs to play professionally since 2000.

-- UTPA Services

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