Permian got off to a great start of the season with a 35-7 victory in the San Antonio area over McAllen. The Panthers did not play perfect, but still dominated a very talented squad. Coach Bale Feldt discusses the game.
Band of the Week: McCamey vs Reagan County
NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 24th-30th
Midland Trinity Rallies to Beat Loraine in Season Opener
The Ackerly Sands Mustangs put up 52 in their season opener, but in true six-man fashion, that wasn't enough. They gave up 81 to Rotan, and begin 2014, 0-1.
Big Spring Beats Kerrville With Tannehill-Yanez Hail Marry
MOJO Opens Season With Win Over McAllen
The Trinity Chargers are ready to roll in their second year under Antwan Alexander. This is a squad with a bunch of talent, especially Ethan Samuels at quarterback. The Chargers made the playoffs last year and are confident they can make a run this season.
The LongHorns are looking to get back to the playoffs after an extended drought. This is a team that will pound the rock and hope that opens up the rest of the offense. Buena Vista has their hopes high and be live they can reach the postseason.
The sports team discusses some of the standout teams and players from 4A-1A.
Our first Game of the Week will be Balmorhea vs Rankin on Friday. Andrew Keesee preview the two 1A teams who once again will be powers in six man football. Coaches Vance Jones (Balmorhea) and Kevin Ray (Rankin) have a great deal of respect for each other. This is a premiere match up in Week 1.
The Garden City Bearkats are back and per usual look to be one of the better 1A teams in the state. Ismale Ramirez will be counted on in the backfield, but expect a few running backs. There could be multiple players that line up behind center and pass. The Bearkats are built on defense and they will once again rely on D to carry them. Garden City is the favorite in District 5-1A.
The Borden County Coyotes are set up for some serious success in 2014. After a 3-0 record in district and playoff appearance in a season that was considered disappointing, Borden County looks great. They will have fantastic depth and can lean on Corbin Sumners along with Hunter Jones will be a lethal offensive pair. Young players had to step up last season and now have the experience to push Borden County deep into the playoffs.
The sports team previews District 3-6A in a round table discussion
The Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys are coming off an incredible season that ended in a state championship. This year the Cowboys have the tools to get back to the promise land. However, they will be missing three major pieces to the 2013 title and will need other players to step up. Grandfalls-Royalty has a very strong receiving core and expects to pass the ball more. This team's success starts on defense and they plan to continue holding opponents to few scores.
Rankin enters the year with high aspirations and believe they can go farther then the first round of the playoffs. The Red Devils will continue to be a squad based on running the football, but look for a shotgun spread package as well. Rankin is all about speed and will need to outrace opponents on both sides of the ball.
The Wink Wildcats are coming off a very good 2013, but are looking for more. All district wide receiver Eli Augusta will switch over to quarterback and make the offense more versatile. Wink is skilled on both sides of the ball and absolutely has a chance to win a district title and make a deep playoff run. The Wildcats priortize, fitness, hydration, and nutrition, This squad does not have a ton of depth and must stay healthy.
The Midland RockHounds beat Frisco 5-1 on Monday. Midland lost the series, but pulled to within one game of first place Frisco. More importantly, the Hounds victory coupled with a San Antonio Missions loss clinched a playoff spot for Midland.
The Iraan Braves enter 2014 as one of the strongest teams in the Permian Basin. Iraan returns Devin Griffin who is a major weapon. He played QB often in 2013 and will be all over the field for the Braves. Jarrett Doege will be the main man behind center. Iraan will have a strong defense. If they can sure up a young offensive line, the Braves could do something very special.
Gametime Band Of the Week: Week 1
NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 17th-23rd
Hounds Lose Second Straight To Frisco
Gearing Up For Gametime: Forsan Buffalo
Gearing Up For Gametime: McCamey Badgers
Hounds Blow Late Lead; Drop Opener To Riders
Gearing Up For Gametime: Odessa Latter Rain
Gearing Up For Gametime: Westbrook
The Midland Christian Mustangs are three time defending state champions, but have a lot to prove. First of all, the Mustangs have been moved up to the much tougher TAPPS Division 1. Record setting quarterback Mason McClendon has graduated along with Jarrod Koym. The defense will have to continue play great football and the running game must come through. As always, it is state title or bust at Midland Christian.
The Midland RockHounds beat Corpus Christi 10-8 on Friday to secure a series victory. Midland got up 6-0 in a flash. The Hounds score six runs thanks in large part to a Dusty Coleman grand slam, before an out was recorded in the first inning. Midland starts a home series with Frisco on Saturday.
The Odessa Jackalopes opened up training camp on Friday. The Jacks struggled again last season, but did make strides. This year Greg Gatto will be the man in charge from the outset. Odessa has a solid core of returning players.
The Reagan County Owls are coming off a disappointing season where they went 3-7 and 1-4 in district. The Owls have 12 returning starters which should help them in district 4-3A (Division II). Expect Reagan County to run the ball a great deal using the Wing-T. On defense they will go between a 3-4 and 5-2 defense, so linebackers will need to be versatile players.
The RockHounds and Hooks played a double header to make up for a rain out on Wednesday. The Hounds won the first game 4-1 before falling in Game 2. 5-0. Midland won the first game of the series and will go for the series victory Friday at 7:00PM.
Murphy Smith has been in the bullpen with a few spot starts mixed in this season for the Midland RockHounds. Now Smith has been moved to the bullpen for good, or that is the plan at least. We talked to the Hound's pitcher about moving between the bullpen and starting rotation.
Colorado City is coming off a very disappointing season that was due in large part to youth and injuries. Now the Wolves are healthy and have a wealth of experience after last season. Colorado City won;t be afraid to throw the ball and believes they are prepped for a major bounce back season.
The RockHounds had their game against the Hooks rained out on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Hounds held a press conference as the end of the regular season approaches and playoffs are a good bet.
The Kermit Yellow Jackets are looking to make a playoff appearance in 2014. Kermit practices at an Oregon Ducks like speed and plans to use their speed in games. Kermit will spread teams out and try to get opponents tired. Jantzen Michele is likely to take over behind center after back to back all district selections at wide receiver. The Yellow jackets plan to use a 3-3-5 defense in hopes of stopping spread offenses.
The Midland RockHounds opened up their final homestand of the regular season with a bang on Tuesday. The Hounds demolished Corpus Christi 15-2. Shawn Haviland got the start after Drew Granier was moved to the bullpen. Midland and Corpus Christi play again Wednesday at 6:30PM.
The Crane Golden Cranes are coming off a 10 win season and area round appearance. Crane has high expectations again, but will need young players to play a major role. The Golden Cranes will replace their quarterback, running back, and a good amount of the offensive line. On defense, Crane should be strong, but the offense must gel and evolve quickly.
NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 10th-16th
Stanton Hoping For a Big Year in 2014
Coahoma Bulldogs Using Past Seasons As Motivation
The Seminole Indians have not made the playoffs since 2011 and hope to change that under new head coach Kent Jackson. Jackson is a Seminole native and returned to his hometown to bring the Indians back to prominence. Jackson was the head coach at Lubbock Coronado. QB Jarret Johnson must control the offense and look for playmaker Sebraun Adams. In a five team district where four will make the playoffs, Seminole has a great chance of making the postseason.
The RockHounds got a two run homer from Dusty Coleman on the way to a 3-2 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Friday. This was the first game of a three game series between the two team. Game 2 will take place Saturday night.
The Midland High Bulldogs missed the playoffs in 2013 after a 4-4 district record. It was the first time missing the playoff in back to back years under head coach Craig Yenzer. The Dawgs lost some weapons at wide receiver and running back. Ryan Goodrum will have to come up big at QB and lead the offense. Defensively, Midland High must be strong in order to contend. District 3-6A is tough despite being smaller, so it's no easy road for MHS.
The Odessa High Bronchos shocked many by finishing 4-4 in district and getting to the area round of the playoffs. It was a huge bounce back year and now OHS has to try and build on that finish. Gone is star running back C.J. Eddison. Sebastian Galindo is most likely to take the majority of the hand offs. Nick Adams will be the man at QB and must play well for OHS to have success. The defense has eight retuning starters including leader Edgar Contreras. OHS may lean on the D this season.
The Lee Rebels are coming off a 7-1 district record and co-district title. The Rebels will have to reload after being hurt by graduation. Among the departed are record setting QB Caden Coots and wide receiver Alex Bell. The Rebs defensive front seven will be counted on to set the tone. Coach James Morton is confident in the younger players he has stepping in to key roles. Lee has been picked to finish second in the district.
The RockHounds came up just short on Monday, losing to the Tulsa Drillers 2-1 in a series opener. Nate Long pitched well going 6 1/3 with four strikeouts and one earned run. Connor Crumbliss hit a first inning home run. The Hound splay the Drillers again Tuesday at 7:00PM.
The Permian Panthers enter the second year of the Blake Feldt era after barely missing the playoffs last year with a 4-4 record. Permian will lean on Heath Wood at quarterback in a scheme that will see more passing and some read option. Multiple players quit last season and this group has bought into Feldt and the coaching staff so expect better chemistry. The Panthers are an intense group that have high expectations and are determined to make the playoffs.
Big Spring Looking To Build Off Breakout Season
NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 3rd-9th
Hounds Get Worked by Cards in Rubber Match
The Forth Stockton Panthers return 19 starters from last year's playoff team. They're banking on that experience to bring in wins on a brand new football field in 2014.
The Midland Rockhounds put on an offensive clinic Saturday ngiht, beating the Springfield Cardinals, 9-3. The win maintains the Rockhound's one game lead over the Frisco Roughriders in the Texas League South Division standings.
The Lamesa Golden Tornadoes have had a tough few years and in the words of coach David Ritchey "a tough decade." Lamesa is trying to improve on yet another winless season. The Golden Tornadoes will have to replace their entire offensive line, quarterback, and running back. They will remain a speed based team that spreads the field and speeds up the defense. Young players who played well on JV will have to step into important roles and make a difference.
The RockHounds did not start the series with Springfield in good shape. Sean Haviland struggled and the Cardinals had a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half. The RockHounds would come back including two runs in the 9th, but it was not enough. Midland lost 10-6 and will play game 2, Saturday night.
The Pecos Eagles made Bi-District after a 4-1 district record in 2013. The Eagles will have to overcome multiple challenges including hardly any returning starters. Pecos is also a much smaller team, so it;s imperative for them to use speed to their advantage. The Eagles plan to run a spread Wing-T and stunt based 3-4 defense. They will have a tall task in District 2-4A (D2) filled with local rivals like Monahans, Greenwood, and Fort Stockton.
The RockHounds could not get it done against Tulsa on Thursday. Midland got behind early and despite a comeback lost 8-5. The RockHounds dropped the series to the Drillers and will start a three game home series with Springfield on Friday.
The Monahans Loboes have a long tradition of football excellence. After a 4-1 record in district and area round appearance, Monahans plans on being right back in the mix for a district title. Coach Mickey Owens runs the Wing T so expect Jacob Lair to rack up the yards again in the backfield. Depth poses a bit of a concern, but Monahans will surely be playoff bound again and could make a solid run.
The RockHounds bounced back on Wednesday shutting out the Tulsa Drillers behind starter Nate Long. Reigning Texas League Player of the Week, Kent Matthes, hit yet another home run in the winning effort. The RockHounds and Drillers play for the series victory Thursday night.
Oakland Athletics Assistant General Manage, David Forst, is touring the minor league system. He is in Midland taking in a few RockHounds games. We spoke to Forst about everything ranging from the future of Billy Burns and recent good play by the RockHounds to major trades by the A's.
The Andrews Mustangs are coming off two area round appearances and have very high expectations for 2014. Andrews is in the new District 2-4A (Division 1) with Clint, Clint Mountain View, Fabens, and San Elizario. Jase Hammack has taken over at QB the last two years and now starts the year as the man behind center. He has a bevy of offensive weapons. The Mustangs believe an extended playoff run is very possible.
The RockHounds hosted the Tulsa Drillers for a three game series starting on Tuesday. The Hounds got behind 3-0 early. Midland made a comeback scoring two runs in the 9th, but came up short losing 5-4.
The Greenwood Rangers are trying to move past a 2-8 record and 0-5 district mark from last season. There were issues at quarterback with no one every truly taking control of the job. Defense was a major issue as well. Now the Rangers are on a playoff mission in a tough district. Zach Redwine is the favorite to be named QB and will once again play a major role on defense. Tackling as a whole must improve great. Greenwood will be focusing on fundamental defense.
There were plenty of story lines to go around at Texas Tech Media Day. Everything from Davis Webb taking the reigns of the offense to Kenny Williams switching from running back to defense. Of course, former OHS star, Bradley Marquez, will be a key weapon at receiver in the Red Raider offense. With Two-A-Days starting in high school football, Marquez spoke about his time in Odessa.
From the RockHounds Website:RockHounds outfielder Kent Matthes was named Texas League Player of the Week on Monday for his performance from Monday, July 28th through Sunday, August 3rd. Matthes homered four times and drove in 11 runs during the seven game stretch. Matthes homered again in Sunday's series finale against Corpus Christi to help the RockHounds to a 6-3 win. The RockHounds will start a three game series with the Tulsa Drillers on Tuesday night.
The best of the West Texas sports scene for the week of June 27th through August 2nd
Hounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 6-3 Win
The Midland Rockhounds were looking for a third consecutive win over the Corpus Christi Hooks, Saturday. Instead, they give up 3 runs in the 9th inning, and lose, 4-2. With Frisco beating San Antonio on the same night, the Rockhound's lead in for the TL South Division is down to one game.
Kent Matthes has been mashing. Before the game on Friday, Matthes had six home runs in the last six games including a couple of grand slams. The major resurgence comes after struggling for a good part of the season. Matthes started at Triple A and battled injuries before being demoted. Now Matthes is feeling healthy and seeing the ball very well.
The RockHounds started a ten game home stand and four game series with Corpus Christi with a 6-1 win on Thursday. Kent Matthes hit a grand slam which was his sixth homer in the last six games. Starting pitcher Nate Long had 10 strikeouts and allowed one earned run over seven innings. The Hounds and Hooks play again Friday at 7:00PM.
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.