Dou­ble play de­rails Round Rock rally at Colorado Springs

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS EXTRA - Staff and wire re­ports

Freddy Per­alta got Car­los Garay to hit into a dou­ble play in the fourth in­ning, lead­ing the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 7-4 win over the vis­it­ing Round Rock Ex­press in the first game of a dou­ble­header on Sun­day. The se­cond game of Sun­day’s dou­ble­header was not com­pleted in time for this edi­tion.

The dou­ble play came with the bases loaded and ended a one-run in­ning for the Ex­press.

Colorado Springs started the scor­ing in the first in­ning when Brett Phillips hit an RBI sin­gle and then scored on a dou­ble by Ji-Man Choi.

Af­ter the teams traded runs, the Ex­press cut into the deficit in the sixth in­ning when Tommy Joseph hit an RBI dou­ble, driv­ing in Wil­lie Cal­houn.

The Sky Sox later tacked on four runs in the sixth, in­clud­ing a solo home run by Ja­cob Not­ting­ham.

Colorado Springs righthander Per­alta (3-0) picked up a qual­ity start and the win af­ter al­low­ing two runs on seven hits over six in­nings. Op­pos­ing starter David Hurl­but (0-1) took the loss in the Pa­cific Coast League game af­ter giv­ing up three runs and four hits over three in­nings

Ex­press 8, Sky Sox 6, late Satur­day: The Ex­press scored four runs over the fi­nal three in­nings to beat Colorado Springs for their se­cond win of the sea­son.

Destin Hood hit two home runs as he went 2-for-5 from the plate. Tommy Joseph also hit a homer as he drove in two runs on the night.

Cal­houn went 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBIs.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx had a rough start for Round Rock, al­low­ing six runs on eight hits in five in­nings. The ef­fort out of the bullpen from Tayler Scott and Jose Le­clerc helped the Ex­press seal the win.

Scott picked up his first win af­ter al­low­ing no runs on no hits in two in­nings. Le­clerc struck Chris­tian Bethancourt out with a run­ner on first to end the game for his first save of the sea­son.

Trail­ing by two runs en­ter­ing the sev­enth, the Ex­press tied the game on Joseph’s two-run homer.

Cal­houn’s RBI sin­gle gave the Ex­press the lead in the top of the eighth be­fore Hood hit a solo shot in the ninth. Hood hit his first home run in the top of the se­cond to tie the game.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY HENRY HUEY

Kait­lyn Schultze and Lib­erty Hill play in the girls Class 4A semi­fi­nals Wed­nes­day against Mid­loth­ian Her­itage.

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