The only thing hotter than the temperature is the Brazos Valley Bomber baseball team.
The third-year Texas College League squad moved to within a half game of the lead with an 8-2 clubbing of the East Texas Pump Jacks on Thursday night at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark.
The Bombers, who needed an eighth-inning rally to win Wednesday, had a much easier time winning their eighth straight home game, pleasing a festive crowd of 1,107.
The Bombers (10-6) banged out 11 hits, had three pitchers combine on a three-hitter and had another solid defensive effort.
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Brett Parsons extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a pair of hits, but Casey Dykes, Andre Rodriguez and Thomas also each had two hits each.
The Bombers took control with a four-run third. Rodriguez's bases-loaded single cleared the bases when it hopped by left fielder Kevin Hussey. Jesse Payne's popup single over the pitcher's mound scored Rodriguez. Singles by Thomas and Parsons sandwiched around a walk to Luke Anders set the stage for Rodriguez.
Thomas and Rodriguez helped the Bombers score two in the first inning. Thomas tripled and scored on Hale's single. Rodriguez's singled in Hale. Dykes closed out the scoring with a two-run single in the seventh that started with Parsons' double.
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[Also at that link is a photo of MU's Russell LaFleur just missing an infield hit in a bang-bang play
And check out a video of the game, including shots of Rodriguez in action, at KBTX.com (Bats come alive in Victory over Pumpjacks)
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■ BV Bombers beat East Texas again (BrazosSports.com)