COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Brazos Valley Bombers mounted a big late comeback and clinched the Texas Collegiate League regular season title with a 12-11 win over the visiting Texarkana Twins Thursday at Travis Field.
The Bombers, who trailed 11-2 after 6 1-2 innings, will be the top seed and play the Acadiana Cane Cutters in the first roiund of the TCL playoffs, beginning today.
The Twins, the third seed in the postseason, host the Victoria Generals today at George Dobson Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and the gates open at 6. Admission is free, on a first-come, first-served basis.
"I would like to see a little more consistency, but the guys came in here and have experienced that this league is tough to play in, with the travel and level of competition," Texarkana head coach Bill Clay said prior to Thurusday's game. "All the teams have had ups and downs. I looked at the schedule and results, and we've played around .500 ball with all the teams this summer. The rollercoaster is going to be a part of summer ball; we're just going to get ready for this weekend and ride this rollercoaster out."
Victoria is 8-4 against the Twins this summer after going 5-1 on a recent road trip, including a two-game sweep of Texarkana. The Generals beat the Cane Cutters, 12-1 Thursday.
"I think the third year was a crucial point of where we were as a program," Twins GM Michelle Citty said. "Our foundation's really growing. I plan to continue growing it and making it a bigger part of our community, now that I have a season behind me. I feel like I have a good grasp on the process and to keep pushing our program and having better years.
"It's been a great year for us; there's been some fantastic games played. These players come from all over the country, and they've played hard for this team."
In the loss to the Bombers, Chase Kemp belted a 2-run home run in the first to stake Brazos Valley to an early lead.
Lee Thomas' RBI double in the third halfed the Twins' deficit. A bases-loaded hit by Shea Gutierrez in the fourth gave Texarkana a 4-2 lead and the local team was up 7-2 before the inning ended.
The Twins went up 11-2 in the top of the seventh, but Logan Sartori smacked a grand-slam homer for the Bombers to make it 11-9. Sartori's double in the eighth gave Brazos Valley the lead.