Sports - Hooks Sports - Hooks en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:11:27 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 2015 Field Set For Kleberg Bank College Classic Sports - Hooks Wed, 12 Nov 2014 8:36:10 PM 2015 Field Set For Kleberg Bank College Classic

CORPUS CHRISTI - In 98 days, Coastal Bend baseball fans get a long-awaited fix in the form of one of the nation's top college baseball tournaments.

The 2015 Kleberg Bank College Classic, featuring host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Missouri and Purdue, runs from February 19-22 at Whataburger Field. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30, at or by calling 361-561-HOOK (4665).

An expanded schedule highlights the 10th College Classic, as each team plays four games over a four-day span. Tournament package pricing remains unchanged at $24 for adults and $12 for youth ages 4-12. Daily ticket pricing holds at $10 and $5. Children 3-and-under are free.

"We're delighted to join the Islanders in hosting another installment of the Kleberg Bank College Classic," Corpus Christi Hooks president Ken Schrom said. "Sam Houston State has become a perennial NCAA tournament team, with six appearances in the last eight years. And, of course it's fantastic to have representation from the SEC and Big Ten."

"Our players and coaching staff are excited about showcasing the 2015 Islanders at the College Classic," Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Scott Malone said. "It's a little unusual to play a conference rival in an early-season tournament, but with Southland Conference membership changes over the past few years and the resulting schedule adjustments, we haven't played Sam Houston in Corpus Christi since 2010.

"SEC and Big Ten teams have historically enjoyed great success at the tournament; Missouri and Purdue will provide stiff competition."

Malone enters his eighth season with six everyday players and 25 returning lettermen from a 31-27 club that finished third in the Southland at 19-12. His pitching rotation of Matt Danton, Trevor Belicek and Daniel Skapura returns intact. Closer Jacob Dorris is also back.

For more information on each team, click here.

The 2015 Kleberg Bank College Classic schedule:

Thursday, February 19
Missouri vs. Islanders, 6 p.m.

Friday, February 20
Sam Houston State vs. Missouri, 3 p.m.
Purdue vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 21
Sam Houston State vs. Purdue, 11 a.m.
Purdue vs. Sam Houston State, 3 p.m.
Missouri vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 22
Missouri vs. Purdue, 11 a.m.
Sam Houston State vs. Islanders, 3 p.m.




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Kemp Earns Rawlings Gold Glove Sports - Hooks Mon, 29 Sep 2014 4:00:54 PM Kemp Earns Rawlings Gold Glove

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Astros second baseman Tony Kemp, who spent the second half of 2014 with the Hooks, earned a Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award, MiLB and Rawlings announced Monday. In 120 games between Advanced-A Lancaster and Corpus Christi, he committed seven errors in 524 total chances at second base for a .987 fielding percentage.

The award is granted to nine minor leaguers, one at each position, who demonstrated defensive excellence at their respective positions. The gloves are modeled after the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards that are given to Major League Baseball's top defenders each season.

To be eligible for a Gold Glove Award, a player must have participated in one of the 10 domestic-based, full-season minor leagues.

The Astros promoted Kemp from Lancaster to Corpus Christi June 25 after he made the California League Mid-Season All-Star squad with a .336 batting average, four home runs, 37 RBIs and 28 steals. Upon his promotion to the Texas League, the Vanderbilt-product led circuit second sackers with a .996 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 56 games. Kemp played three error-free games in left field.

He also led all minor leaguers in runs scored (121) and posted 167 hits, tied for fifth in MiLB.

Another Astros' farmhand, catcher Roberto Pena, earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award as well, after he played in 93 games for Lancaster.

"Congratulations to the nine outstanding Minor League Baseball players who deservedly won the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award," said Mike Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of baseball for St. Louis-based Rawlings. "Minor League Baseball is and will always continue to be a great partner of Rawlings, and we knew the Rawlings Gold Glove Award would be a popular goal for many young players when we decided to rekindle this award platform in 2011."


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Keith Bodie Out as Hooks Manager Sports - Hooks Sat, 6 Sep 2014 4:36:07 PM Drew Collins - Keith Bodie Out as Hooks Manager

CORPUS CHRISTI - Hooks manager Keith Bodie will not return to Corpus Christi next season, after the Astros relieved him of his duties.

Bodie just finished his 16th season in the Astros organization, and his third year as the Hooks manager. Corpus Christi finished with a 67-73 record in 2014, the worst in the Texas League south division.

In his three years with the Hooks, Bodie led the team to a 231-189 record including first and second-half titles in 2013. Corpus Christi won a franchise record 83 games in 2013, and Bodie was named Texas League manager of the year in 2012.

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Hooks Cap 2014 by Beating Missions Sports - Hooks Mon, 1 Sep 2014 8:54:21 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Cap 2014 by Beating Missions

CORPUS CHRISTI - Brandon Meredith's seventh-inning grand slam was the difference in Corpus Christi's season-ending 8-4 victory over San Antonio Monday before 5,859 at Whataburger Field.

Meredith's eighth home run occurred in the wake of consecutive walks to Jonathan Meyer, Telvin Nash, Tyler Heineman and Teoscar Hernandez by reliever Adys Portillo (1-4) after the right-hander secured the first two outs. Enter former Hook Michael Dimock, who served up the game-winner on a 1-1 offering.

San Antonio made a stir in the first, but Jordan Jankowski escaped unscathed. Casey McElroy stroked an opening single to right and pilfered second; Hunter Refroe drew a walk and swiped the keystone as well. They were stranded at third and second, respectively, when Jankowski whiffed Robert Kral.

The Hooks posted a singleton their first time up, Delino DeShields, Jr., drawing a lead-off walk, stealing second and progressing home on Colin Moran's liner up the middle.
Singles from Hernandez and Carlos Perdomo (RBI) sandwiched M.P. Cokinos' double to left as the Hooks increased their lead to 2-0 against Bryce Morrow.

Renfroe's lead-off 427-foot home run to left-center on a 90-mph fastball trimmed the Corpus Christi lead to 2-1 during the fourth. Jankowski finished with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts over four complete.

The Missions drew even an inning later off Matt Heidenreich, Lee Orr (lead-off single/stolen base) scoring when McElroy bounced into a double play.

The deadlock was short-lived. Nash's two-out screamer to center plated DeShields, who topped the Hooks fifth with a single and stolen base, his Texas League-leading 54th.

Jake Lemmerman took Juan Minaya deep for a two-run bomb in the Missions seventh as San Antonio pulled ahead 4-3.

Morrow booked eight hits, two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Mitchell Lambson's 1 1/3-inning stint put him in the winner's circle at 3-1.

Moran completes the season with a 12-game hitting streak.
The Hooks finished 40-30 at Whataburger Field, 33-37 in the second half and 67-73 overall. San Antonio finished 32-38 and 68-72.


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Hooks Walkoff for 5th Straight Win Sports - Hooks Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:09:21 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Walkoff for 5th Straight Win

CORPUS CHRISTI - A game-winning home run Sunday at Whataburger Field would have kept the night's theme intact.

Instead, it was the longest possible single by designated hitter Telvin Nash that made the difference in Corpus Christi's 5-4 triumph in over Arkansas in 10 innings.

Nash took a 3-1 Jairo Diaz pitch deep to right-center field off the wall's yellow line, scoring Tony Kemp from third and giving the Hooks their fifth straight victory. It was Corpus Christi's Texas League-best 10th win in 14 extra-inning affairs this season.

Before Nash crushed Diaz's 98-mph offering, Kemp began the home 10th by doubling down the left-field line. Delino DeShields' bunt then went for a base hit, advancing Kemp to third. Diaz collected himself, whiffing Teoscar Hernandez and opting for an intentional pass of Colin Moran to load the bases.

Diaz, the third Arkansas pitcher of the evening, dropped to 2-1. Tyson Perez, who bailed Corpus Christi out of a 10th-inning dilemma - one out with a runner in scoring position - improved to 4-0.
Conrad Gregor's 397-foot home run into the Hooks bullpen on an Orangel Arenas 92-mph fastball staked Kyle Smith and Corpus Christi to a 2-0 second-inning advantage. Gregor's initial 2014 HR followed a one-out double by Leo Heras.

Arkansas immediately halved the lead, Alex Yarbrough's ground out plating Andrew Heid (lead-off single). Eric Stamets chipped in with a double inside the third-base bag.

A wind-aided bomb to left from Hernandez re-established Corpus Christi's two-run cushion, but Stamets' homer the same way in the fifth pulled the Travelers to within a score at 3-2.

Smith was efficient during his five-inning, 68-pitch, 51-strike start. The former Royals farmhand yielded four hits and struck out five.

His relief, Travis Ballew, gave up a game-tying yard shot to Brian Hernandez with one away in the sixth.

Arenas, who lasted six complete, retired nine of 10 before turning the game over to Daniel Reynolds. Arenas allowed four hits and two walks while fanning three.

The Travelers pulled ahead 4-3 against Mike Hauschild in the eighth, Yarbrough's RBI double scoring Maikol Gonzalez from first base. DeShields answered, drilling a 3-1 95-mph Reynolds fastball over the yellow line just above the 400-foot marker in dead center.

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Astros Trade Three Former Hooks Players to Marlins Sports - Hooks Thu, 31 Jul 2014 4:43:34 PM Associated Press Astros Trade Three Former Hooks Players to Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins were shoppers instead of sellers for a change at the trade deadline, and they added a starting pitcher to help make a playoff push.

Miami acquired right-hander Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros in a six-player deal Thursday. The Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kiki Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.

The Marlins, often out of the race before August, were in the market to upgrade their young, thin rotation after a recent six-game winning streak put them back in the playoff picture.

The 24-year-old Cosart is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this year but has struggled lately, allowing 21 runs in 21 1-3 innings over four starts in July.

The Astros made the deal Thursday while 22 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.

Hernandez batted .284 in 24 games for Houston this year and hit .337 in 67 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wates, a third-round draft pick in 2010, batted .299 in 74 games for Oklahoma City.

Cosart and Hernandez will join the Marlins on Friday. Wates will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Moran was the sixth overall pick in last year's draft after playing at the University of North Carolina. He batted .294 with five home runs in 89 games this year at Single-A Jupiter.

Marisnick batted .277 with 10 homers in 89 games this year for Triple-A New Orleans. He has a career average of .178 in 58 major-league games.

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Appel to Start for Hooks Wednesday Sports - Hooks Sun, 27 Jul 2014 7:36:33 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Appel to Start for Hooks Wednesday

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Astros announced Sunday that 2013 No. 1 overall pick RHP Mark Appel will join the Hooks from Houston's Advanced-A affiliate, Lancaster, in the California League. The Stanford product is Corpus Christi's probable starter Wednesday against San Antonio.

RHP Chris Devenski is slated to follow Appel in a tandem start.

Appel, rated the 13th best prospect in all of baseball by, went 2-5 with a 9.74 ERA in 12 starts for the JetHawks. His last start for Lancaster came Thursday, when he worked six innings against the Stockton Ports, Oakland's High-A affiliate. Appel picked up his second victory after he allowed two earned runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Following an off-season appendectomy that sidelined him for much of Spring Training, he broke camp with the JetHawks, but returned the Astros' training facility in Kissimmee, Fla. for just over a month after an April 23 start. Appel made his return to Lancaster May 31 and later strung together three straight starts in which he worked five innings and allowed three earned runs June 22-July 4, going 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

Owner of the Houston minor league system's best slider entering the 2014 season according to Baseball America, Appel was a two-time Louisville Slugger First Team All-American at Stanford and left Palo Alto as the program's all-time strikeout leader. During his 2013 senior season, he went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and four complete games en route to first team All-Pac 12 conference honors.

Appel was drafted three times: in the 15th round out of Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif. by Detroit in 2009, eighth overall by Pittsburgh in 2012 and first overall by Houston last year. He became one of just 17 players in history to be selected in the first round of two different June drafts.


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Hooks Salvage Split with Rockhounds Sports - Hooks Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:22:33 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Salvage Split with Rockhounds

CORPUS CHRISTI - Telvin Nash cracked his sixth home run in the last nine games and Kyle Smith allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings as Corpus Christi defeated Midland 5-2 Wednesday at Whataburger Field before 4,676.

Corpus Christi improved to 14-12 in the Texas League second-half while salvaging a split of the four-game series. Midland, which dropped just its second contest in the last 13, tops the South Division at 16-9.

The Hooks scored four-two out runs during the first. Jonathan Meyer dropped a single into shallow right-center for the night's initial tally. Tony Kemp drew a lead-off walk from Nate Long (8-5) and moved into scoring position on Ruben Sosa's sacrifice bunt.

Meyer and Andrew Aplin (single) scored ahead of Nash when the big first baseman belted a curve ball over the left-field wall, his 14th home run of 2014.

Midland finally broke through against Smith (4-2) in the fifth, Kent Matthes collecting the first RockHounds hit and crossing on Dusty Coleman's double to the right-center field gap. Coleman was erased attempting to stretch his drive into a triple, right fielder Aplin to second baseman Kemp to Meyer.

Smith exited a two-on, two-out fix the next inning, Jordan Jankowski defusing the threat by getting Max Muncy on a fly to right. Smith, who retired 13 of 14 at the outset, walked two and struck out five. Houston's No. 13 prospect has yielded one earned run or less in nine of his last 11 outings.

Jankowski struck out the side in the seventh en route to a three-inning save, Jefry Marte's ninth-inning double and Jeremy Barfield's RBI single the only blemishes.
Long lasted six frames and struck out nine to go with eight hits and two walks. His relief, Deryk Hooker, issued a one-out walk to Kemp, who stole second and trotted to third via a wild pitch. Sosa's looper to left over a drawn-in infield provided Corpus Christi with an insurance run.

Aplin has a seven-game hitting streak.
The Hooks play four in Frisco Thursday through Sunday before traveling to San Antonio for three. Corpus Christi returns home for seven games on July 24.


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Hooks Hammer Hounds for 8th-Straight Home Victory Sports - Hooks Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:21:18 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Hammer Hounds for 8th-Straight Home Victory

CORPUS CHRISTI - Ruben Sosa, Telvin Nash and Tony Kemp homered in Corpus Christi's seven-run third as the Hooks blitzed Midland 14-1 Sunday evening at Whataburger Field before 4,877.

The rout snapped Midland's nine-game winning streak, the RockHounds falling to 14-8 in Texas League second-half play. The Hooks are 13-10, 1½ games off the South Division lead, and have won eight straight at home and nine of 11 overall.

Chris Devenski worked five scoreless frames while improving to 2-0 in his initial Double-A start. He walked one and struck out four.

Midland let Billy Burns' lead-off walk and league-leading 44th stolen base go by the boards in the first. Devenski retired the next three RockHounds.

The visitors threatened again during the second. Jeremy Barfield and Dusty Coleman struck one-out singles before Delino DeShields, Jr., robbed Hiro Nakajima of a three-run homer. On the run, DeShields timed his leap to bring the ball back from Corpus Christi's bullpen, the fence folding his upper torso at the waist.

Devenski caught Beau Taylor looking to avert any damage.
The Hooks tagged Shawn Haviland (5-6) for two in a second-inning, four-hit uprising. Rene Garcia's soft liner sat down in shallow center, scoring Andrew Aplin. Nash, who reached with a single of his own after Aplin's opening safety, ultimately scored on a wild pitch.

Then came the third, and the fifth Nash Mash in six games - a three-run blast over the left-field berm - was the biggest blow as Corpus Christi sent 10 to bat. Sosa's lead-off jack was the first volley and Kemp completed the trifecta with a two-out, two-run shot off Blake Hassebrock. Jonathan Meyer had an RBI single.

Haviland, who faced five men without recording an out, was gone after Nash's Mash, victimized for seven runs and hits to go with three walks.

Hassebrock was done after striking Kemp with a bases-loaded pitch in the dirt as Corpus tallied its 10th run in the fifth. Sosa's sacrifice fly greeted Frank Gailey. The Hooks added three unearned runs in the eighth off Ryan Doolittle and second baseman Conner Crumbliss, pressed into emergency duty on the mound.


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Kemp Named TL Player of the Week Sports - Hooks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 4:58:23 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Kemp Named TL Player of the Week

CORPUS CHRISTI - Second baseman Tony Kemp earned Texas League Player of the Week honors for June 30-July 6, league president Tom Kayser announced Monday. The Vanderbilt product hit .500 (11-for-22) with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs.

Kemp capped the week in style Sunday against Tulsa, when he registered Corpus Christi's fifth four-hit game of the season.

A native of Franklin, Tenn., Kemp joined the team June 25 at Springfield and has since started every game at second base. Overall he is hitting .400 with eight runs scored, six runs batted in and a .472 on-base percentage.

Named a Mid-Season California League All-Star with Lancaster, Kemp hit .336 with four home runs, 37 RBIs, 28 stolen bases and a .433 OBP in 72 games for the Jet Hawks. He earned CL Player of the Week recognition for May 5-12 after he hit .548 in 31 at-bats.

Selected by Houston in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, Kemp was named SEC Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American after a senior year for the Commodores in which he batted .391 with 33 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.

Upon being drafted Kemp split the rest of 2013 between Tri-City and Quad-Cities, hitting a combined .273 in 75 games. He is the Astros' first 2013 selection to reach Double-A.

Kemp is the first Hook to win league player of the week honors. Mike Hauschild and Tommy Shirley have each been named Texas League Pitcher of the Week.


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Hooks Still Perfect in July, Win 5th Straight Sports - Hooks Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:12:49 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Still Perfect in July, Win 5th Straight

CORPUS CHRISTI - Telvin Nash belted a two-run homer and Ruben Sosa and Tony Kemp combined for seven hits, three RBI's and three steals as Corpus Christi drilled Tulsa 7-2 Sunday at Whataburger Field before 4,759.

The Hooks, winners of five straight, improved to 9-8 in the Texas League second-half race, 43-44 overall. Tulsa fell to 7-10 and 45-41.

Brady Rodgers (4-9) won his third straight decision. The Richmond native twirled five shutout innings, scattering just two hits.

Despite a rocky sixth, Luis Cruz earned a four-inning save. He retired the last nine Drillers.

The Hooks attacked first with three unearned runs off Tyler Anderson (3-4). Carlos Perdomo reached on an error by third baseman Joey Wong and scored from first on Rene Garcia's double, plus an error charged to catcher Ryan Casteel. Casteel, upon contact with a sliding Perdomo, failed to maintain control of shortstop Trevor Story's relay. Consecutive triples by Sosa (deep center) and Kemp (right-field corner) gave the Hooks a 3-0 second-inning lead.

Sosa and Kemp teamed to make it 4-0 Hooks in the fourth. Sosa sparked a two-out uprising by singling to left and swiping second. Kemp followed with a single up the middle.
Anderson was finished after four frames, seven hits, a walk and strikeout.

Three straight one-out hits off Cruz pushed two Drillers home during the sixth. Taylor Featherston struck the payoff, a two-run double to deep center field.

Corpus Christi answered Tulsa and reliever RJ Siedel with zeal, Nash's 11th home run and his third in two games clanking off the cotton press just left of the scoreboard. The 437-foot blast came in the wake of Garcia's lead-off single. Sosa's second triple of the evening fronted a Delino DeShields sacrifice fly.

Hooks third baseman Jonathan Meyer saw his hitting streak end at nine games.

Ruben Alaniz (0-0) pitches for Corpus Christi Monday at 7:10 in the series and homestand finale vs. Richard Castillo (2-8). All fans enjoy $1 Hot Dogs and Soda, compliments of Mrs Baird's.


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Hooks Drop Cardinals Again Sports - Hooks Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:17:05 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Drop Cardinals Again

CORPUS CHRISTI - Jonathan Meyer drove in two runs and Jordan Jankowski won for the first time since June 6 as Corpus Christi dropped Springfield 4-2 Thursday at Whataburger Field before 6,735.

The Hooks look to sweep the three-game series on Independence Day in Springfield's final Sparkling City appearance of 2014. Corpus Christi is 6-8 in Texas League second-half action, 40-44 overall. The Cardinals are 5-9 and 39-45.

Travis Ballew worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Michael Hauschild authored a three-inning scoreless hold, despite three seventh-inning walks.

Starlin Rodriguez dumped a lead-off hustling double inside the right-field line to start the Springfield third. He stalled at third, however, as Jankowski (2-3) retired the next three men.

Cardinals starter Jonathan Cornelius (7-6) set down nine of the first 10 Hooks before running into fourth-inning difficulty. Cornelius plunked Delino DeShields, Jr., who scored from second on Meyer's one-out single through the right side.

Rodriguez's first Texas League home run - a towering shot into the Goodwill Zone - provided the Cards with a 2-1 fifth-inning advantage. He left the yard following Matt Williams' lead-off walk.

Corpus Christi immediately answered, sending eight to the plate while retaking the lead at 4-2. Jio Mier set the tone with an opening double and Telvin Nash picked up the Hooks' shortstop by singling to left. Andrew Aplin produced a run-scoring single and Meyer's bounce out tallied Nash. Cornelius, who finished the fifth before exiting, permitted four hits, three walks and fanned three. Only 48 of his 84 pitches found the strike zone and he struck two batters.

Jankowski left in line for the win after five innings, four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches (53).

Meyer has hit safely in seven straight.

July 4 brings a special 6:30 Friday start time; Whataburger Field gates open at 5 o'clock. Bud Light Friday Fireworks and the city's fireworks display off the USS Lexington entertain fans.

Kyle Smith (2-2) draws the pitching assignment for Corpus Christi. Springfield counters with Kurt Heyer (3-5).


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Drillers Beat Hooks 4-3 in 13 Innings Sports - Hooks Sun, 29 Jun 2014 9:08:36 PM Drillers Beat Hooks 4-3 in 13 Innings

Tulsa and Corpus Christi played a back-and-forth game Sunday afternoon at ONEOK Field, but the Drillers eventually delivered the final blow. In the bottom of the 13th inning, Brian Humphries drove home Tyler Massey with a base hit to centerfield and to give Tulsa a 4-3 walk-off win over the Hooks.

It was the third extra-innings game in the past five days for the Drillers, and it was only one inning short of their 1-0 victory in 14 innings over San Antonio Friday night. The game tied for the fourth longest in ONEOK Field history.

The game-ending rally began when Massey grounded a one-out single into right field. Harold Riggins then drew a walk from Hooks' reliever Travis Ballew to put runners at first and second. Humphries hit Ballew's first pitch into centerfield sending Massey home and the Drillers into a celebration.

Humphries game-winning hit ended a contest in which both teams led at various points.

The Drillers opened the game's scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Casteel led off with a double that extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Andrew Alpin robbed Massey of an extra-base hit when he made a leaping catch before slamming into the padded wall in the right field corner, but one batter later, Jared Simon was able to bring Casteel home with a lined single to centerfield.

Tulsa starter Jon Gray worked three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Delino DeShields led off with a single, and Jonathan Meyer drew a one-out walk. After a double steal, Leo Heras tied the game with a bloop-single that perfectly countered the Drillers' shifted defense and fell into shallow right field between Simon and Taylor Featherston. An infield ground out by Carlos Perdomo plated Meyer to give the Hooks a 2-1 lead.

Riggins evened the score in the sixth inning. The first baseman belted his first home run since June 3 and his seventh of the season to tie the game at 2-2.

The Drillers went back in front with another run in the seventh. David Bergin led off with a single, his first hit at the Double-A level. With Joey Wong pinch-running, a wild pitch moved him into scoring position. After David Kandilas struck out, Featherston rolled a grounder just out of the reach of shortstop Jiovanni Mier that brought Wong home with the go-ahead run. Featherston, running hard out of the batter's box, slid safely into second with a double.

The Hooks tied it up again in the eighth. Kraig Sitton walked DeShields to open the inning, and with one out, he hit Meyer with a pitch. The Drillers nearly escaped the trouble when Heras hit a bouncer to the left of Featherston at second. Meyer was forced at second, but shortstop Trevor Story's throw to first pulled Riggins off the bag to keep the inning alive. Perdomo followed with a soft liner off the bat handle that dropped safely and rolled just past first base. DeShields jogged home on the hit to again tie the game.

With a pitching staff that has been taxed with extra innings, Sitton and Nate Striz provided big innings for pitching coach Darryl Scott. Sitton allowed only one hit in three shutout innings, while Striz surrendered two hits in three scoreless frames. Striz picked up the win to improve his record to 2-0.

Gray pitched well but was victimized by the two runs in the fourth. The Chandler, Oklahoma native went five innings, allowing the two runs on four hits. He walked two and picked up five strikeouts.

The Drillers will close out their homestand Monday night. The game will feature the annual Independence Holiday Fireworks Spectacular at ONEOK Field with the largest display of the season. Tyler Anderson (3-3, 2.74 ERA) is the slated starting pitcher for Tulsa, while Brady Rodgers (3-9, 4.56 ERA) will pitch for the Hooks. Starting time is scheduled for 7:05PM.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.



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Hooks' Homers Lead to Series Finale Win vs Frisco Sports - Hooks Sun, 22 Jun 2014 9:06:12 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks' Homers Lead to Series Finale Win vs Frisco

CORPUS CHRISTI - Luis Cruz pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Jio Mier, Telvin Nash and Leo Heras homered as Corpus Christi beat Frisco 4-1 Sunday at Whataburger Field before 5,067.

Cruz (5-5) spread four hits, walked one and struck out four. The left-hander from San Juan, PR, threw 84 pitches (54 strikes). Cruz retired 14 of his last 17, facing two over the minimum after the third.

Jordan Jankowski earned his second save by going the rest of the way.

Corpus Christi (2-4 Texas League second half) split the four-game series with the RoughRiders. Frisco is 2-3.
Cruz found himself in early trouble after giving up a lead-off single to Guilder Rodriguez. Though the veteran shortstop pilfered two bases, he was left at third when pro baseball home run leader Joey Gallo let a curve go by for strike three.

Odubel Herrera's opening double in the third went for naught as well.

Edwar Cabrera cruised through the Hooks' first two turns, but eight- and nine-hole hitters Mier and Nash homered consecutively for a 2-0 Corpus Christi lead. Mier's yard shot into the left-field bullpen was his first since April 8; Nash's eighth round-tripper deflected off the glove of left fielder Ryan Rua.

Teodoro Martinez's two-out no-doubter to left during the fifth cut the Hooks' advantage in half.

Cabrera (3-5) booked six innings, five hits and three strikeouts. Fifty-five of his 71 pitches were strikes. Reliever Jerad Eickhoff was victimized by Heras' home run into the right-field swimming pool.

M.P. Cokinos' RBI single in the eighth plated Delino DeShields (lead-off walk) and chased Will Lamb, who recorded just one out as the third of four Frisco hurlers. Cokinos finished with a game-high three hits.

The Hooks take Monday and Tuesday off for the Texas League All-Star Break, resuming play at Springfield Wednesday.


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Hooks Snap Losing Skid with 4-1 Win over Frisco Sports - Hooks Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:25:29 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Snap Losing Skid with 4-1 Win over Frisco

CORPUS CHRISTI - Brady Rodgers snapped a six-game personal losing streak and Jonathan Meyer had three hits as Corpus Christi defeated Frisco 4-1 Friday at Whataburger Field before 5,980.
Rodgers (2-9), the Astros' third-round pick out of Arizona State two years ago, allowed four hits and a walk. He fanned four and forty-six of his 70 pitches were strikes.

David Rollins earned a four-inning save. The former Toronto prospect, who played collegiately at Houston's San Jacinto College, struck out six.

Corpus Christi (1-3 Texas League second half) made noise in the first but couldn't score. Ruben Sosa drew a one-out walk and swiped third after Meyer's single pushed him into scoring position. Alex Gonzalez popped M.P. Cokinos up to first and fanned Carlos Perdoma.

Frisco (1-2) drew first blood, professional baseball home run leader Joey Gallo dropping a full-count offering from Rodgers onto the right-field berm for his fifth Double-A bomb and 26th overall.

The Hooks had first and third with one down again during the second and came away empty. Tyler Heineman (lead-off single) was thrown out at third by Gonzalez while attempting to return to the bag on Jordan Scott's bunt. Delino DeShields, Jr., then fanned.

The third proved profitable as Corpus Christi took a 2-1 lead. Sosa and Meyer singled and both ultimately scored, Sosa on Perdoma's infield single, Meyer by eluding the tag of catcher Tomas Telis on the return throw of Jio Mier's shallow sacrifice fly to right.

The Hooks posted another crooked number in the fourth, with two runs on four singles. Sosa and Meyer contributed RBIs; Telvin Nash and DeShields tallied.

Gonzalez (1-2), who worked into the fifth, was tagged for 12 singles. Texas' 2013 first-round selection from Oral Roberts walked two and whiffed a pair.
Odubel Herrera singled twice and doubled for Frisco.

Saturday's pitching matchup features Mike Hauschild (1-2) of the Hooks vs. Alec Asher (6-6). The first 2,500 fans receive a Hooks Hunting Camo Cap from IBC Bank. Game time is 7:10 for Salute to Military Night and Telemundo stars Daniel Sarcos and Azucena Cierco will be on hand to meet their fans.

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Astros to Hold Open Tryout at Whataburger Field Sports - Hooks Mon, 16 Jun 2014 5:10:57 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Astros to Hold Open Tryout at Whataburger Field

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Houston Astros Baseball Club, Major League affiliate of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, is conducting an open tryout at Whataburger Field on Thursday, June 26.


Registration for the tryout, administered by Astros South Texas Area Scout Noel Gonzales-Luna, runs from 8-8:45 a.m. that morning on the ballpark's main concourse at Section 119. Tryouts begin promptly at 9 a.m.


Position players will be tested in running and throwing, and if qualified on those abilities, will be held over to hit on the field. Pitchers will throw from bullpen mounds. After further evaluation, additional hitting and bullpen sessions may be undertaken.


All participants must fill out and sign a waiver provided by the Astros. Athletes under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign as well. There is no age restriction, but age recommendation is 17-23.


Players should dress in baseball pants and bring spikes, gloves and bats. Catchers are responsible for their own gear.


The Astros are not responsible for any violations of a player's amateur status. Any player with remaining eligibility for high school or college baseball should take the necessary steps to protect their amateur status.


There is no fee to participate.


"This will be a good opportunity for some of the area's most talented amateurs to be seen by a pro scout," Hooks GM/VP Michael Wood said. "We've never had an event like this before in the 10 years of Hooks Baseball; it's another example of how the Hooks, Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend benefit from our partnership with the Astros."


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Hooks Open Road Trip with 7-2 Win at San Antonio Sports - Hooks Sun, 15 Jun 2014 6:59:45 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Open Road Trip with 7-2 Win at San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Starting pitcher David Rollins allowed two earned runs in six innings and the Hooks scored four late insurance runs as Corpus Christi stopped San Antonio 7-2 on Father's Day before 3,059 at Wolff Stadium.

Rollins (1-2) allowed two first inning runs to San Antonio, which scored on a Jason Hagerty double and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Austin Hedges. After the Hedges fly-out, Rollins would allowed just one more Mission to reach base.

San Antonio starter Josh Geer (2-7) was almost as good, limiting Corpus Christi to three unearned runs on five hits in seven innings. Nolan Fontana led off the fourth with a base hit, and an error by shortstop Brian Bixler allowed Andrew Aplin to reach and put runners on the corners with no outs.

M.P. Cokinos singled home Fontana and two batters later Delino DeShields, Jr. laid down a safety squeeze that plated Aplin and tied the game at two. Another unearned run came across in the fifth. Telvin Nash ripped a one-out double, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and score on an error committed by second baseman Adam Buschini. San Antonio has committed at least one miscue in 12 of its last 13 games.

The Hooks piled on after Geer exited the game. DeShields delivered a two-out, two-run single to left in the eighth and Telvin Nash demolished a ball into the gusting wind in right-center field for a two-run home run in the ninth to build a five-run cushion.

Tyson Perez followed Rollins on the mound for the Hooks and allowed just one baserunner in the last three innings - a leadoff walk to Buschini in the ninth. The Missions had just two men reach base after the first inning.

The tandem of Luis Cruz (4-5, 3.71) and Mike Hauschild (1-1, 3.48) will take the hill for Corpus Christi in game two of the series Monday at 7:05 PM, while San Antonio counters with Leonel Campos (0-2, 3.72) in the final game of the first half.


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Hooks Win With Wild Pitch Walk-Off Sports - Hooks Sat, 14 Jun 2014 5:47:27 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Win With Wild Pitch Walk-Off

CORPUS CHRISTI - Rene Garcia scored from third base on Francisco Mendoza's wild pitch with two away in the 11th, lifting Corpus Christi past Frisco 4-3 Friday night at Whataburger Field before 5,872.

Garcia hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Leo Heras (walk) at the keystone for the second out. Carlos Perdomo's looper into right field advanced Garcia to third. With right-handed Jio Mier at the plate, Mendoza's 1-1 pitch found dirt deep inside the batter's box and squirted to the backstop.

Dramatic long balls from two distinctly different sources were the story late in regulation. Heras' second yard shot of 2014 took Corpus Christi off life support in the ninth. Down to two outs, Heras, a .206 hitter, took Mendoza (2-1) to the right-center field berm through a 21-mph wind for a 3-3 tie.

In the eighth, Frisco's Joey Gallo reminded everyone at the Ballpark by the Bay just who leads professional baseball in home runs.

Gallo, a .326 hitter, powered Tommy Shirley's first-pitch fastball onto the left-field berm for a three-run bomb and 3-2 lead. Gallo hit 21 home runs at Class A Myrtle Beach and has four as a RoughRider since promotion last Sunday.

Frisco's go-ahead rally materialized with two outs. Jake Smolinski reached on first baseman Telvin Nash's error and Tomas Telis an infield hit.

Shirley and Hooks starter Kyle Smith combined for 14 strikeouts; the Hooks racked up 18 overall. Texas State product Travis Ballew (4-1) faced eight hitters over the final two frames, allowing a hit and a walk.

Corpus Christi's first hit off Jerad Eickhoff led to the night's initial runs. Ruben Sosa legged out an infield roller to open the home fourth and was sacrificed into scoring position by Nolan Fontana. Andrew Aplin then drew a walk and executed a double steal with Sosa. Both scored on Heras' two-out, bad-hop base hit over first baseman Ryan Rua.

Frisco loaded the bases on two singles and a base-on-balls in the fifth, but Trever Adams whiffed for the third time, running Smith's strikeout total to nine.

Smith, who entered Friday's game having allowed one earned run in each of his previous five starts, yielded four hits and walked two in an 80-pitch outing (58 strikes). His nine punch outs matched a team season high (Luis Cruz May 19 vs. Midland).

Eickhoff was pulled for Ryan Bores after six complete, three hits, two walks, five strikeouts and 91 pitches (50).

By virtue of San Antonio's 9-1 home win over Midland earlier Friday, Frisco clinched the Texas League South Division first-half title and a postseason berth.

The series and homestand conclude Saturday at 7:10, when Corpus Christi's Brady Rodgers (1-8) meets Luke Jackson (7-2). The first 1,750 fans take home a Hooks Camo Button-Down Jersey from CITGO. Master Illusionist Michael Grandinetti also performs, courtesy of CPL Retail Energy.


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Five Hooks Named Texas League All Stars Sports - Hooks Mon, 9 Jun 2014 2:50:47 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Five Hooks Named Texas League All Stars

CORPUS CHRISTI - Starting pitcher Tommy Shirley and outfielder Preston Tucker lead a quintet of Hooks named to the Texas League South Division All-Star Team, league president Tom Kayser announced Monday. Second baseman Nolan Fontana and third baseman Matt Duffy were voted in as starters, while relief pitcher Andrew Robinson joins Shirley and Tucker as reserves on the roster, which was selected by league managers, coaches, broadcasters and beat writers.

Shirley, a 25-year-old southpaw, emerged as Corpus Christi's ace through the season's first two months, going 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 13 games (10 starts). The Pennsylvania-native ranks second in the Texas League in earned run average, WHIP (0.88) and opponents' batting average (.189), as well as fourth with 62 strikeouts.

A 2010 draft pick out of Xavier, Shirley allowed more than two earned runs in a start for the first time all season Sunday night against San Antonio. He ranks second among TL starters in walks-per-nine innings (1.84) and fewest baserunners-per-nine innings (8.72).

After hitting .247 in April, Fontana's bat caught fire in May, when he batted .325 with a .505 on-base percentage. Overall, the former second-round pick is owns a .279 batting average with one home run, 23 RBIs, and league bests in walks (53) and OBP (.437). Fontana is tied with North Division All-Star Alex Yarbrough for the TL lead in doubles (19).

The South's starting third baseman, Duffy was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City May 28, after he hit .302 in the first two months with six long balls and 35 runs batted in. The Texas League Player of the Month for May, he hit .365 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 25 games. At the time of his promotion to OKC, Duffy led the circuit in runs driven in, ranked third in total bases (92) and stood fifth in batting average (.302).

Tucker has emerged as Corpus Christi's most reliable run-producer in 2014, leading the Hooks in runs scored (35), home runs (14), RBIs (40) and total bases (125) to go with his .266 batting average. The former Florida Gator has been with Corpus Christi for nearly a year, after his promotion from Advanced-A Lancaster June 26, 2013.

The veteran reliever Robinson has been dominant out of Corpus Christi's bullpen in 2014. He stands 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA and two saves in 19 games. He's walked just 10 and fanned 31 in 31 1/3 innings pitched, while holding the opposition to a .227 batting average. Robinson rattled off a stretch of eight straight scoreless outings from May 8-May 31 and has allowed one run in his last 10 games, spanning 17 2/3 innings.

The Arkansas Travelers will host the 2014 Texas League All-Star Game June 24 at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.


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Missions Hold On in Another Late-Tight Ballgame Sports - Hooks Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:22:55 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Missions Hold On in Another Late-Tight Ballgame

CORPUS CHRISTI - San Antonio struck for three seventh-inning runs to take a 6-5 decision over Corpus Christi Sunday at Whataburger Field before 5,658.

Both clubs stand 31-31 in Texas League first-half play, 5½ games behind South Division leader Frisco with eight remaining.

The decisive surge made a winner of John Hussey (2-3), the second of five Missions hurlers. Corpus Christi held a 5-1 advantage through five, but starter Tommy Shirley and reliever Richard Rodriguez (0-1) faltered.

The Hooks, who left 11, had traffic on the bases early but nothing to show for it vs. Juan Oramas. He pitched around Nolan Fontana's one-out walk and a Jonathan Meyer two-out single during the first and was backed by an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play after Carlos Perdomo's second-inning lead-off safety.

San Antonio capitalized on a two-out opportunity while grabbing a 1-0 lead two frames later. Rymer Liriano reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and crossed when Jason Hagerty singled a 3-2 Shirley fastball into right field. Shirley began the evening by retiring the first 10 Missions.

Oramas flirted with danger again in the fourth, hitting Andrew Aplin on the shoulder and walking Meyer. The left-hander recovered nicely, striking out Preston Tucker, Perdomo and Rene Garcia in order.

Oramas' fortunes changed dramatically as Corpus Christi batted around for five unearned fifth-inning runs. The wheels began to fall off when right fielder Yeison Asencio dropped Jio Mier's sinking liner. Tucker's two-out double to the left-field wall pushed two runs home; Ruben Sosa and Perdomo produced RBI singles, Meyer a sacrifice fly.

Though Oramas' ERA was not adversely affected, he issued two walks and was victimized for three stolen bases, two by Sosa. Oramas, who came within an out of escaping the fifth, allowed five hits, four walks and struck out five.

Shirley failed to provide a shut-down, coughing up two runs as the Missions pulled to within 5-3. Brian Bixler, Adam Buschini and Asencio singled consecutively to load the bases and Shirley plunked Liriano. Buschini scored on a 4-6-3 double-play ball off Hagerty's bat.

Cody Oberbeck's first home run - a lead-off blast into the Hooks bullpen - made it 5-4 Hooks and finished Shirley, who permitted six hits and struck out six over six-plus. Rodriguez got Lee Orr and Bridger Hunt on consecutive ground balls, but back-to-back doubles from Bixler and Buschini tied the contest before Asencio's single put San Antonio ahead to stay.

Corpus Christi threatened again in the seventh, loading the bases with one away. Leonel Campos cleaned up Jeff Ibarra's conundrum, inducing a 6-4-3 twin killing from Garcia.

The same scenario presented itself during the home eighth, Johnny Barbato on the mound. With Mier (double/stolen base) at third, Sosa (single/stolen base) at second and Fontana (walk) at first, Andrew Aplin flew to Liriano in center. His throw to Hagerty at the plate arrived with Mier, who was called out on a close play. Hooks manager Keith Bodie was ejected while arguing the Missions catcher failed to give Mier a path to the plate before receiving the ball.

Barbato picked up his 16th save.

The teams square off again Monday at 7:10, Corpus Christi's Brady Rodgers (1-7) vs. Jesse Hahn (2-1). Mrs Baird's presents $ Hot Dogs & Soda.


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