The 2007 Texas Collegiate League Championship series will be an all too familiar match-up. Tris Speaker division champion Coppell Copperheads will face off against the Rogers Hornsby division champion McKinney Marshals beginning on Friday for a three game series in the Highway 121 series for the TCL title.
The classic battle between two of the most prolific teams in TCL history usually takes place during the first round divisional series. From 2004-2006, both teams were in the Tris Speaker division until the league modification with the addition of
In every season leading up to 2007,
Both teams made their fourth straight playoff appearance, but a different opponent was on the other side of the diamond during the first round. Coppell swept a
Coppell enters the championship with several hot bats in the lineup. Current D-Bat Player of the Week Brandon Belt, who went 14-for-24 (.583) with three home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored during the last week of the season, continued his streak with a two-run home run in game two against the Bombers to seal the win. Matt Curry and Jeff Nutt had great games at the plate during the first round as well. In game one, Curry went 2-for-3 with two RBI's and Nutt batted 1-for-4 with a solo-shot in the bottom of the fifth. Both Lucus Engle and Mike Bolsinger had solid starts on the mound and earned wins in game on and two respectively. Engle went seven innings only giving up two hits and striking out eight and Bolsinger lasted 5.2 innings and didn’t give up a run and struck out five.
During the Hornsby series,
The 2007 TCL Championship, also called Highway 121 series, will begin on Friday in Coppell, who has the home field advantage due to superior regular season record.
Below is the schedule for the upcoming Championship Series:
Wednesday August 8th
Off - Scheduled for "if necessary" games for divisional series
Thursday August 9th
Friday August 10th
Championship Game 1
Saturday August 11th
Championship Game 2
Sunday August 12th
Championship Game 3 (if necessary)
Note: The Texas Collegiate League will announce the 2007 D-Bat Player, Pitcher, Freshman and Coach of the Year as well as the All-League Team on Friday August 10th. Last season Denton’s Aljay Davis was the Player of the Year, Coppell’s Randy Boone was the Pitcher of the Year, LoneStars’ Aaron Luna was Freshman of the Year and Denton’s Derek Matlock won his second straight Coach of the Year.
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