Billy Burns was the first RockHounds to be called up directly to the MLB since association with the Athletics started. Burns started a game and got in two others. Thursday afternoon he was optioned to Triple A, but still could easily be recalled. We talked to Burns about his time in the majors.
Barry Russell has been named the Division 2 Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Russell helped lead the Bulldogs to a district title and regional semifinal appearance. He has been at the helm of the MHS baseball team for 18 years and has 614 career wins overall
Odessa High football player Dayton Dennard has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Dennard will not play football and stop attending OHS while undergoing eight months of chemotherapy. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at NewsWest9 are with Dayton and his family. We will keep the community updated if a donation fund is set up or any kind of event is held for Dayton.
Bastos BJJ in Midland is teaching locals about the MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The sport goes far beyond a simple fight. Fighters need to not only have great ability and conditioning, but also must work hard on the mental aspect. Many students find varied purposes to take up the sport.
The Midland Mid City Intermediate Little League All Star team is in the World Series. After winning the southwest tournament in Grand Junction, CO, Mid City will have a chance for a championship in Livermore, CA. Mid City received a bye on Tuesday and will play their first game on Wednesday.
RockHounds' outfielder Billy Burns was promoted to the Athletics on Monday. Burns replaced injured outfielder Craig Gentry. Burns has a .333 on base percentage and has 51 steals in 56 attempts. We spoke to Burns recently about the possibility of being promoted to the majors.
Andrew Keesee brings you the story of RockHound outfielder Jeremy Barfield. Barfield was a major outfield prospect before the Athletics organization tried to turn him into a pitcher. Barfield never felt comfortable pitching and is now back in Midland as the right fielder.
NewsWest 9 Top Plays: July 20th-26th
Rockhounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 11-3 Win
Rockhounds Beat Hooks, 10-4
The RockHounds were the first on the board against the Hooks on Friday, but could not hold the lead. Sean Murphy gave up five earned runs as Midland lost in Corpus Christi 6-3. Both teams now have one win in the four game series. Game 3 will take place at 7:10PM on Saturday.
The Odessa Jackalopes have released their training camp roster for 2014. 31 names are on the list, 6 of whom are NCAA Division I commits.
The RockHounds got over losing a series to Frisco quickly. Midland dominated the Hooks 7-3, taking the opener of a four game series in Corpus Christi. The series continues on Friday at 7:10PM.
The RockHounds entered the 9th inning tied with Frisco on Wednesday, but gave up two runs and lost 5-2. The Hounds lost three of four against the RoughRiders. Midland starts a series in Corpus Christi on Thursday.
Sean Haviland was the starting pitcher in the series finale against Frisco on Wednesday. We talked to Haviland about his approach facing Frisco and the competition that exists within the RockHounds starting rotation.
The RockHounds and Frisco RoughRiders split a double header on Tuesday. Both games were 7 innings. The Hounds got a late Dusty Coleman home run to help beat Frisco 7-6. The RoughRiders came back in Game 2 and beat Midland 8-3. They finish the four game series Wednesday night.
Max Muncy is the player of the week in the Texas League. He discusses his hot hitting and amazing feat of hitting grand slams in back to back games.
The RockHounds could not keep up their hot streak on Monday, falling to Frisco 6-1. Jeremy Barfield was used as a pitcher late in the game. Frisco and Midland will play a double header on Tuesday.
Max Muncy was named the Texas League Player of the Week after hitting two grand slams and getting on base at an astounding rate. He had 16 RBIs. The Hounds are 14-4 in the month of July, but are keeping perspective.
NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 13th-19th
Rockhounds Players And Coaches Recall On Field Incident in Corpus
Rockhounds Lose To Missions, Still Win Series
Rockhounds Beat Missions, Secure Series Win
The Midland Rockhounds entered Saturday's game against San Antonio, riding a ton of momentum. Friday night saw the Hound's 4th walk off win over the Missions in 2 weeks, the most recent being Friday night's 9th inning grand slam, courtesy of Kent Matthes. That gave the Hounds a 5-3.
Marte Killing it For Rockhounds
The baseball gods seem to love the Midland Rockhounds. Friday night, the Hounds trailed San Antonio, 3-0 in the bottom of the 9th. Then the Hound's bats came alive, scoring 5 runs, including a walk-off grand slam by Kent Matthes. Hounds win, 5-3.
Interview with the Big Spring football team for Under West Texas Skies
The RockHounds beat the Mission 6-5 on Thursday after yet another walk off from Jefrey Marte. Marte has a walk off homer and single in the last week and a half. This time Marte was lucky. A Mission player dropped a fly ball leading to the tying and winning runs, but it is still another walk off for Magic Marte.
Interview with Andrews football team for Under West Texas Skies
Two local Little League teams are attempting to make their dreams come true and win a championship. They have made it far already and hope for more. Andrew Keesee has the story.
Jackalopes Open Camp In Michigan
The red hot Midland Rockhounds were cooled off Wednesday night in Corpus Christi. The Hounds suffered just their third loss in the month of June, and saw their 2-game winning streak snapped by the Hooks. With the loss, the Rockhounds split the 4 game set with Corpus.
The Under West Texas Skies interview with the Balmorhea Bears.
The RockHoudns won a second straight game in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, beating the Hooks 6-3. Midland got a grand slam from Max Muncy for the second consecutive game. The Hounds go for the series victory Wednesday night.
Sockers FC will have to wait until Saturday to see if they make the playoffs. They need the Laredo heat to lose or tie against the Houston Dutch Lions. We talked to Sockers and RockHounds assistant GM Jeff Von Holle about playing the playoff waiting game.
The RockHounds felt sweet redemption on Monday night. One day after the Corpus Christi Hooks stopped the RockHounds nine game winning streak with a 14-1 win. Midland came back with a 14-2 victory. Jefry Marte stayed hot with a homer and Max Muncy hit a grand slam.
Midland RockHounds third basemen Jefry Marte won the Texas League Player of the Week. He had two walk off hits, including a walk off home run. He also had a game where he went 5/5 and hit .520 over six games.Also, the other night in Corpus Christi a drunken fan ran on to the field threatening the RockHounds pitcher. Dusty Coleman ran from shortstop and pushed the fan down as the RockHounds gathered to defend themselves.
The best of west Texas sports from the week of July 6th-12th.
Rockhound's Streak Ends In Blowout to Hooks
The Midland Rockhounds won their 9th consecutive win Saturday night, as they swept the San Antonio Missions. The Rockhounds are now two and a half games ahead of the Corpus Christi Hooks for the Texas League South Division lead.
The Midland RockHounds beat the San Antonio Missions 3-2, winning the four game series and lengthening their lead over 2nd place San Antonio. The game went into extra innings after both teams scored in the 9th making the game 2-2. Jefry Marte hit a walk off single in the bottom of the tenth one day after hitting a walk off home run. The RockHounds go for the four game sweep Saturday night.
The Sockers started Friday with two games remaining and a two point lead on Laredo for the last playoff spot. They were looking good on the road against first place Austin, leading 2-0 as stoppage time began. However, the Aztex were able to score two goals and the game finished in a tie. The Sockers regular season concludes on Sunday.
The RockHounds kept winning by beating the San Antonio Mission Thursday night. The game was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th when the hot hitting Jefry Marte hit a walk off solo home run to win the game. The Hounds have beat the Missions two straight and look for the series victory Friday night.
The Midland RockHounds are once again battling for a Texas League South title. They will have to do after roster turnover due to an Athletics trade that sent top prospect Addison Russell to the Cubs. We spoke with the team about playing while knowing their career paths could abruptly change at any moment.
The RockHounds took the first game of a four game set with the Missions 10-6. Midland jumped San Antonio and took first place in the Texas League South with the win. The two teams meet again Thursday at 7:00 PM.
The UTPB football program is closer to becoming a reality after the Odessa City Council approved an allocation of 200,000 dollars per year over a five year period to help build the program. UTPB must raise 9.5 million dollars in private funds. The goal is to have the program up and running by the Fall of 2016. We talked to UTPB Athletic Director Steve Aicinena about the developing football program.
Grant Little, a three sport star at Midland Christian, verbally committed to join the Texas Tech baseball team. Little is only a junior, so the commitment is not binding. Little is a stand out football, basketball, and baseball player for the Mustangs. He will head to Tech as a pitcher and shortstop. Little continues the line of Midland Christian baseball players to become Red Raiders. Past players include Chris Withrow and Hunter Redman.
The RockHounds finished an excellent road trip to Arkansas with a victory over the Travelers, 6-3, securing a sweep. Despite major turnover in the last week, Midland continues playing well. They return for a home stand on Wednesday.
All the top plays from our area from Sunday, June 30th to Saturday, July 5th.
The ripple effect from the MLB trade involving the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's continued Sunday as the Midland Rockhounds said good bye to another member of their clubhouse. Starting pitcher Drew Granier was scheduled to start against the Arkansas Travelers, but with the Athletic's AAA affiliate Sacramento's Dan Straily being shipped to Chicago in the trade, Granier's services were needed out west. In 2014 with Midland, Granier was 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 53 strikeouts.
The Sockers FC carried a 6-game unbeaten streak into their regular season home finale against the Austin Aztex. The top two teams in the PDL mid South division remained scoreless in the first, but combined for 3 goals in the second half. Austin holds on for the 2-1 win over the Sockers. These two are back at it in Austin on July 11th.
Friday night's big MLB trade affected the Midland Rockhounds. Shortstop Addison Russell, who had recently returned from injury, was shipped to the Chicago Cubs organization in a deal that sentJason Hammel and Jeff Semardzija to Oakland. The A's organization acquired several other players in the deal. the A's also sent Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later to Chicago in the deal.Russell was hitting .333, with 1 home run and 8 rbis with the Rockhounds this season.
Rockhounds first baseman Miles Head has been dealing with nagging injuries all season. So the organization designated him for a rehab assignment with the Oakland A's affiliate in Arizona.
Despite the long road trip, and the fatigue that comes along with it, the Sockers FC came out the other side of last weekend's road trip, undefeated. The trip saw the Sockers beat Mississippi for a third time this year, a very difficult feat; and shut out Houston. The Sockers now control their own playoff destiny with three games remaining.
Sockers FC Coming Together At Right Time
The Midland Rockhounds are looking to shake a recent post All-Star funk. That begins with a road trip through the state of Arkansas.
The Midland Rockhound's struggles against Arkansas opponents continued Monday night. The Hounds would lose the rubber match to the Arkansas Travelers, 4-3. The loss completes the sweep of the Rockhounds by Arkansas. This comes after Midland dropped 2 of 3 to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Here's a look at the top plays from June 22nd through the 28th.
Rockhounds Lose Second Straight to Travelers
Sockers Preparing for Home Stretch
West Texas is football country, and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant loves football, so it makes sense why he was in Odessa Saturday night. The Wildcatters didn't disappoint either. They snapped a 7-game losing streak by beating the Amarillo Venom, 52-51.
The RockHounds could not get it done on Friday night. Midland fell behind the Naturals and were never able to catch up, losing 8-2. The Hounds dropped the three game series against NW Arkansas.
Sockers FC took their show on the road to the South. The Sockers continued their great recent play and came away with a 2-1 win over Mississippi Brilla FC.
The RockHounds were trying to win the series again the NW Arkansas Naturals on Thursday. Midland got down 6-0 at one point. They were able to make a late comeback, but still ended up losing 6-4. The two teams play the rubber game Friday night.
A day after the Texas League All Star Game, the RockHounds showed no signs of slowing down. Drew Granier pitched six shutout inning and Midland scored seven runs in the 8th inning beating NW Arkansas 8-0.
Hunter Redman learned a great deal during his time at Midland Christian and Texas Tech. Now the catcher will become a professional, signing a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being drafted in the eight round. Redman discusses what he learned as a Mustang, the tough decision to leave Texas Tech, and his excitement in joining the Dodgers.
The South fell to the North in the Texas League All Star Game on Tuesday. Josh Whitaker had an RBI single while Dusty Coleman and Max Muncy went hitless. Nate Long and Seth Frankoff threw scoreless innings. Also, Max Muncy finished second in the Home Run Derby which took place before the game.
Kayla Beattie made history on Tuesday by becoming the first girl's basketball player from Midland Classical to sign with a college. After leading Classical to the TAPPS 3A State Championship game, Beattie signed with the Texas Women's University basketball team.
Sockers FC is on a role and of course all the players and coaches are paying attention to the World Cup. With the Group Stage almost complete, we asked the Sockers their opinions and observations from the tournament that's captivating the world.
The RockHounds will be represented by six players Tuesday night in the Texas League All Star Game. Also, Max Muncy will participate in the Home Run Derby. Muncy only has three home runs, but some of that is due to the tough homer conditions in Midland. Muncy can mash and talked about how he deals with the conditions that are not conducive to power hitters at Security Bank Ballpark.
Here's a look at the top plays from June 16th through the 21st.
The Midland-Odessa Sockers proved they were a different team a month ago when they lost to Laredo, 2-0. Saturday, the Sockers jumped on the Heat early, and held on for the 1-1 draw. The tie keeps the Sockers 2 points ahead of Laredo in the PDL Mid West Standings.
Nate Long started for the RockHounds and had a solid start, but it was not enough. Midland lost to the Missions in a close game 3-2. The Hounds and Missions have now split the first two games of a four game series.
RockHounds first baseman Anthony Alliotihas been promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. He has hit .277 with an .840PS, seven home runs, and 27RBIs in 48 games this season.
Soon to be Hall of Famer Greg Maddux sat down with Lucas Mayer for an exclusive interview.
The RockHounds came up just a few games short of the first half Texas League South title. However, Midland is playing good baseball and is getting healthy. The team believes they can make a second half run.
The Midland RockHounds got the second half of the season started in good fashion beating Frisco 5-2. It was the third straight win over Frisco clinching the series an opening up the opportunity for a four game sweep on Wednesday. A's top prospect Addison Russell returned after missing most of the season with a torn hamstring and went 1-4 with an RBI.
The Midland RockHounds beat Frisco for the second straight day on Monday. Chris Jensen started what turned out to be a shutout for the RockHounds. Midland will go for the series victory on Tuesday.
All the top plays from June 8th-14th.
The Midland Rockhounds Opened a 4-game home stand with the Frisco RoughRiders Sunday. Midland ends a 2-game skid, beating Frisco, 8-3.
The West Texas Sockers stayed hot Saturday night, winning 3-2 over Mississippi. The Sockers have now won 3 straight.
Sockers FC got back on the Grande Communications pitch on Thursday and dominated Mississippi Brilla FC. The Sockers owned possession, but it took a while to breakthrough. The goals eventually came and the Sockers moved to 3-1-1 in their last five games.
Permian defensive coordinator David Hall has left the team for a coaching job with Dallas Highland Park. Permian has hired Chris Hall from Lewisville High to be a co-defensive coordinator with Vance Washington.Odessa High boy's soccer coach Noe Cerezo has resigned and will be the boy's soccer coach at Manvel High School. Cerezo coached for 13 season at OHS and has coached the boys and girls teams.
After starting the season 0-2, Sockers FC have gone 2-1-1 in their last four games. They are in fourth place, but only one point behind Laredo and Mississippi for 2nd/3rd. The Sockers have taken some time to gel, but are not getting comfortable with each other.
Six RockHounds were selected to the Texas League All Star Game: Max Muncy (1B), Dusty Coleman (SS), Josh Whitaker (OF) , Anthony Allioti (IF) Seth Frankoff (P), Nate Long (P).
A look at the top plays from June 1st through the 7th.
Before the 2014 MLB Draft concluded Saturday, there were two more local JUCO players taken. Cleveland took Odessa College's Juan Gomes in the 37th round. In the 40th round, the Chicago Cubs selected Howard College's Julian Service.
The West Texas Wildcatter's inaugural season has been anything but a good one. Saturday on the road, the Wildcatters lost their 6th straight game to the Amarillo Venom, 46-42.
The West Texas Sockers welcomed the Houston Dutch Lions FC to Grande Communications Station, Saturday night. The Sockers put on an offensive clinic, winning, 4-2.
Saturday was a big one for a couple of members of the Midland College baseball team. In round 14, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Chaps catcher Chris Shaw. Then two rounds later, the LA Angels selected Chaps 2nd basemen, Blaine Prescott.
The RockHounds hoped to get a four game sweep of Corpus Christi on Friday, but came up a little bit short. With the wind blowing hard, Midland was unable to score and lost 2-0. The RockHounds now embark on an eight game road trip.
The RockHounds have played some good baseball in the first half of the season despite injuries taking away multiple key players. The Hounds all have a singular mindset that has helped them persevere.
The Midland RockHounds were able to get ahead of Corpus Christi and sustain a late Hooks rally to win 3-2 on Thursday. That gave the Hounds three straight wins over the Hooks and a series victory. Midland goes for the sweep Friday night.
Players participating in the ASCO Football Classic are in Lubbock getting ready for the game. Multiple local players are participating in the game including DeAndre Goodley (MHS) and Michael Whitfield (Permian).
Max Muncy has been one of the better hitters in the Texas league this year. Despite a finger injury, Muncy is batting near .300 and has an OBP over .400. He has been a stable force in the RockHounds lineup and discussed the season so far.
The RockHounds' Shawn Haviland pitcher a gem on Wednesday leading the RockHounds to a 2-0 win. Haviland went seven innings without allowing a run. The Hounds scored two runs in the fourth which was enough for the victory.
Shawn Haviland has been one of the better pitchers this year for the Midland RockHounds. He is coming off of Tommy John surgery, but is feeling good and pitching well.
After beating Miami in the regional, Texas Tech will host the Super Regional this weekend. It will be the first ever Super Regional for Texas Tech baseball. Fans were out in full support and the games sold out in less than an hour.
The Midland RockHounds started off their series vs Corpus Christi in style. The majority of the game was a pitcher duel, but Midland scored a couple in the 8th to tie the game 3-3. Then Blake Forsythe hit a walk off single in the 9th to give the Hounds a 4-3 lead.
Beginning Tuesday, the RockHounds had 14 games to make up their 4.5 game deficit to Frisco in the Texas League South before the first half winner was declared. The Hounds have been hot and cold while overcoming many injuries. We spoke to the team about the stretch run.
The Jackalopes got their chance to turn the franchise at the NAHL Draft after making three major trades in the previous week. Here are the first four picks made by the Jacks: 1st round, 4th/ 5th overall: (F) Kenny Hausinger (Skipjacks 18U) (D) Christian Hausinger (Skipjacks 18U). 25th - (F) Nicholas Carbone (Chicago Young Americans 18U) 26th - (D) Jake Hamilton (Chicago Fury 18U)
Jose Martinez signed with Tabor. Ryan Morton is headed to UT Dallas. Katie Watts will attend Shreiner.
The Odessa Jackalopes continued their slew of trades in advance of the NAHL Draft on Tuesday. Odessa traded the #1 overall pick to Janesville for defenseman Jesse Junttila, the #5 overall pick, and a third round pick.