Monday, June 25, 2007

Houston to Host the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials

From USA Boxing Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 25, 2007) The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing will travel south for the 2008 edition as Houston, Texas and the George R. Brown Convention Center will play host to the event. Eighty-eight of the nation’s top amateur boxers will vie for 11 coveted Olympic berths at the Olympic Trials, August 20-26, 2007.

Eight boxers will compete in each of the 11 weight divisions at the double elimination tournament, which will determine the U.S. Olympic Team for Boxing. The 88 U.S. Olympic Team Trials competitors earned berths in the event by advancing to quarterfinal action at the 2007 U.S. Championships.

"We are thrilled to be hosting this very prestigious event in Houston, and know that the USA Boxing’s athletes will find our city to be very exciting. Houston is definitely a sports city. We offer state-of-the-art facilities, great accommodations, and our sports fans are amongst the best in the country. This should be a wonderful experience for spectators and athletes alike," stated Janis Schmees, Executive Director of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority.

Houston boasts outstanding experience in putting on major Olympic-style boxing events having hosted the AIBA Senior World Championships in 1999.

"We are delighted that this year's Olympic Trials will take place in Houston,” said USA Boxing Chief Executive Officer Jim Millman. “One of our current objectives at USA Boxing is to increase exposure of the sport to fans in more major markets nationwide, and Houston certainly meets that goal."

“The USOC is committed to working in partnership with USA Boxing and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority to provide a world-class Olympic Trials event that will be the first step towards our common goal of competitive excellence in Beijing," said Steve Roush, the USOC's Chief of Sport Performance.

2008 Olympic Team Trials action will kick off with first round action on August 20, and conclude with final round competition on August 25 and a second day of final round action, if necessary, on August 26. The victors of the winners’ bracket and the challengers’ bracket will meet in the final two days of action. The winners’ bracket victors will need to win one of the final round bouts to earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

El Reto Final Ends in 1-1 Tie

By Robert H. Kelly

HOUSTON, TX (June 23, 2007) Is was a rivalry that began in 1993, when the national soccer teams of Mexico and Argentina faced off twice in Copa America, including a final that saw the Argentines crown themselves champions of South America.

Nearly 14 years later, many of the players of that final, which Mexico lost 2-1, met in a legends match the University of Houston’s at Robertson Stadium.The friendly match, which is the finale of El Reto Final, which is a sports reality show on
Fox Sports en Español.

The show, in which the host was given a list of players to locate and convince to suit up again for a legends match, was at top rated show for Fox.

Many of these players had not seen action in years, but were eager to give their best.

"You might see us limping a little bit every once in a while, but you'll see that we still have that competitive spirit," said Ricardo Pelaez.

Pelaez, who is one of the many former Mexico internationals who will take part in the match, was also quoted in saying "That and a player's skill are things you never lose."While many stars of the past were unavailable for the match, the rosters of both nations are filled with players who played proudly under the flag of their nation.

The Mexican team starters included Benjamín Galindo, Ramón Ramírez, and Luis Roberto Alves, while Argentina started fan favorites Deigo Latorre, Gustavo Zapata, and goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea.

The first half got off to a slow start as the players ran and passed and ran and passed to their hearts content.

It was evident to this humble writer that they seemed to be enjoying themselves without the added pressure of having to win for their country. After all, this was a friendly match.

This was a match that allowed them to relive past glory. It was also a match that allowed them to do something that was far more important that the outcome of the game. Play again in front of the fans.

In addition, let’s be frank. It was also a chance to make a nice pay check for their efforts.

The game was played with 35 minute halfs.

After regulation play, the score was tied 1-1. Penalty kicks were invoked to determine the winner.

As a result of each team scoring 4 penalty kicks, the score was still tied. Both teams went to sudden death penalty kicks and after four tries each, the score was still tied.

It was them determined to allow each goalkeepers one penalty kick each. Each was successful and the game was finally declared a tie.

Game officials stated that a rematch was possible in the future. But as most reality shows go, there is always next season.

And for these starts of the past, perhaps another chance to shine once again.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Houston Signs Three Swimmers to National Letters of Intent

HOUSTON, TX (June 20, 2007) ­ University of Houston swimming head coach Mark Taylor announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.

Andrea Kells, Brittany Copeland and Paige Bissett will join the Cougar program as freshmen for the 2007-08 season.

With the swimming signings, the Cougar team will add five new student-athletes to the roster. The swimming group joins freshmen divers Courtney Forcucci (Fort Mill, S.C.-Fort Mill High) and Lacey Truelove (London, Ontario, Canada-HB Beal High).

Bissett joins the Cougar program after an award-winning career at Rumson Fair-Haven High in Rumson, N.J. She was a four-time All-Shore First-Team honoree and finished her career as the Monmouth County and Shore Conference record holder and champion in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.

She also earned All-America honors in both the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay and was named team captain for two seasons. A versatile student-athlete, Bissett also was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs tennis team.

Copeland will compete in the freestyle and backstroke events for the Cougars during her first collegiate season. As a swimmer at Wakefield High for head coach Kathy Jobe, Copeland was an All-Conference performer and captured the conference championship in the 50-yard freestyle.

Besides being named a team captain, Copeland also was a member of the National Honor Society and National Achievers Society.

Kells is expected to be a contributor in the butterfly events in 2007-08. As a member of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club for head coach Sam Montgomery, she was a Provincial Senior Championship medalist in 2006-07 and qualified for the finals at the Western Canadian Championship during each of the last two seasons.

She also was a four-year member of the Honor Roll and competed for the volleyball and basketball teams at Hunting Hills High.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Toros Split Games with Lizards

By Robert H. Kelly

LEWISVILLE, TX (June 18, 2007) The Bay Area Toros went 1-1 in their first two games against the Lewisville Lizards this past weekend .In addition, were leading 5-0 in the third game of their five game series with the Lewisville Lizards when the game was called due to rain.

Playing their first road trip in franchise history Friday night, The Toros dropped the first game of the series 7-1 to the Lizards.

Leading 3-1 as they headed into the 8th inning, starting pitcher Brandon Sisk gave up six unearned runs to give the Lizards the 7-3 victory.

There were some bright spots in the Toros play.

Catcher Michael Colvin went 2-for-3, with two singles and reached base on a strikeout/wild pitch. Third baseman Daniel Cox extended his hitting streak to seven games, tying the longest streak of the season for the Toros.

In the second game of the series, the Toros downed the Lizards 6-1 on the strong pitching of Will Smeltzer.

Smeltzer went the distance, holding the Lizards to two hits, giving him the win and raising his record to 2-0.

In the third game of the series on Saturday night, the Toros came out stroke and took a 5-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning before the game was suspended due to rain.

The final two games of the series were also postponed due to weather and will be rescheduled at a later date.

They Toros return home for practice on. The two teams began play in game three of the series on Saturday night and again the Toros came out strong, taking a 5-0 lead into the top of the fifth when the rains came to Lewisville, suspending the game until a later date.

The heavy rain in the north Texas area caused the final portion of the third game, and the last two games of the series to be postponed until a later date.

The Toros return home until they again take to the road for a five game series at Tarrant County beginning on June 21st.

The Toros will practice at Clear Creek High School’s Wildcat Field at 10am on June 19-20 (Tuesday and Wednesday). The public is welcome to come out and watch practice.

Gold Cup 2007 and Guadeloupe: A Case in Equality?

By Robert H. Kelly

HOUSTON, TX (June 18, 2007) Guadeloupe has had a remarkable run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup of 2007.

The “team without a county” has made it to the semifinals to be played in Chicago on June 21.

Guadeloupe beat Canada 2-1, tied Haiti 1-1, and lost to Costa Rica 1-0 to finish in third place in Group A. Then they beat Honduras 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

According to the current FIFA world rankings, Honduras is ranked 55th in the world, followed by Canada in 56th and Haiti in 95th.

When they face Mexico in the semifinals, they will be taking to the field with the 26th ranked team in the world. Should they beat Mexico, they would face either Canada again or the United States, which it ranked number 16.

The interesting thing is that if they indeed win the Gold Cup, they will probably not be allowed to play in the Confederations Cup.

Why, you ask? The reason is FIFA doesn’t recognize Guadeloupe as a country.

The winner of the Gold Cup receives an automatic berth in the Confederations Cup.

If Guadeloupe wins the Gold Cup, they should be allowed to play in the Confederations Cup.

They should be allowed to play just like any other “country.”

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Guadeloupe Stuns Honduras 2-1 In Gold Cup Play

By Robert H. Kelly

HOUSTON, TX (June 17, 2007) In what could be considered as a battle between David and Goliath, the tiny archipelago of Guadeloupe faced off against Honduras the second game of quarterfinal action of Gold Cup 2007 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Absolutely stunning Honduras and everyone in the stands, Guadeloupe sent the Hondurans home with a 2-1 thumping.

Guadeloupe is an overseas department of France and as a result is a member of the European Union. However, it is allowed to compete as an independent entity in international sports competition.

What makes the Guadeloupe victory so amazing is the fact that they are not even ranked on the current CONCACAF or World Cup rankings.

Guadeloupe struck first in the 17th minute when Jocelyn Angkoma (Etoile de Morne-a-l’Eau) found the goal to take the score to 1-0.

Five minutes later, teammate Richard Edward Socrier (Brest-France) raised the score to 2-0 with an assist from Loic Loval (FC Utrecht-Netherlands). After a mere four minutes of play after the second goal, Loval was issued a yellow card.

After trading possessions numerous times in the first half, Guadeloupe took a 2-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The second half saw Honduras take offensive control of the game with Carlos Pavon (Real CD-Spain) picking up where he left off on Wednesday evening, scoring his team’s only goal of the match in the 70th minute.

Guadeloupe will now face Mexico in the second game of the semifinal double header on June 21 in Chicago.

Mexico Bests Costa Rica 1-0 in Gold Cup Quarterfinal Play

By Robert H. Kelly

HOUSTON, TX. (June 17, 2007) Playing before a sell out crowd in Reliant Stadium, Mexico defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in overtime in the first game of a doubleheader that would determine one of the two additional semifinalists of the Gold Cup 2007.

USA and Canada had already qualified to meet in the first semifinals at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 21. Mexico will now face the winner of the Honduras-Guadeloupe matchup in the second game of the semifinals double header.

The first half saw spirited play, with neither team able to find the goal. Superior goalkeeping by Costa Rica’s Jose Francisco Porras (Deportivo Saprissa) kept Mexico at bay well into the second half.

With the score tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation play, both squads went to a thirty minute overtime with each focused finding the goal and advancing to the semifinal round.

Play remained steady until the 67th minute when attacker Jared Borgetti (CD SC Cruz Azul) headed a pass from Adolfo Bautista past Porras to take the score to 1-0.

Seven yellow cards were issued in the game, including two to Costa Rica’s Allan Aleman, who was ejected from the game.

A red card was also issued to Costa Rica’s Mario Camacho in the 120th minute.

The game saw spirited play, with each team attempted on numerous occasions to find the goal.

In a match that could be described as a defensive battle, as neither team could find the offense needed to take the lead in regulation.

Costa Rica, which was forced to play a man down after the red card ejection of Aleman, never could seem to find the offensive punch that was needed to get past Mexico.

Mexico on the other hand, was also unable to get their offense moving, despite playing a man up since the 44th minute.

Houston Diving Announces Pair of Signees

HOUSTON, TX (June 17, 2007) ­ University of Houston diving head coach Jane Figueiredo announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.

Lacey Truelove and Courtney Forcucci join a talented diving corps for the 2007-08 season and will be eligible to compete as freshmen.

Truelove joins the UH program after competing at HB Beal in London, Ontario during her prep career. She won the gold medal at the 2005 Camp International Meet and earned the bronze medal at the 2005 Canada Summer

A talented student-athlete, Truelove also received the Vivian Sturdee Art Award in 2005 and 2006 and was a regular member of the Honor Roll.

Forcucci enters the Cougar program after an award-winning career as a member of the South Carolina Divers club team. During her tenure with that squad, she was a four-time National qualifier and three-time National finalist.

Forcucci was a six-time East National qualifier and three-time qualifier for the Canada-US Challenge. The Fort Mill, S.C., native won the 3-meter springboard championship during the 2002 Canada-US Challenge and was a Junior Worlds Trial Qualifier in 2003.

Both divers join a program featuring some of the nation¹s best collegiate divers. Anastasia Pozdniakova and Ginni van Katwijk both qualified for and earned All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Championships with Pozdniakova finishing as the national runner-up on the 3-meter springboard.

All four divers will work under the tutelage of Figueiredo, who enters her 18th season as the diving head coach in 2007-08. One of the nation¹s most respected diving coaches, she has led 23 divers to the NCAA Championships with 10 earning a combined 35 All-America accolades.

Toros Add Four Players, Release Two

LEAGUE CITY, TX, (June 17, 2007)-The Toros announced the signing of four new players to their roster with the addition of two hurlers, an infielder and an outfielder.

Hunter Lehrman, RHP, from Pearland and Brian Fulcher, RHP, from Wilmington, Delaware, were added to the Toros pitching staff to help shore up the starting and relief staffs. "We are very excited about Hunter and Brian joining our club," said General Manager Mike Pede. "Hunter gives us a great armed starter and Brian has great stuff and will really help our pen. "

The Toros also added Brett Crossland from the College of the Southwest and Hobbs, New Mexico to play first base and outfielder Drew Caraway from Angelo State. "Drew has great speed and a prescence on the field and Brett can flat out hit the ball and we are looking forward to both guys helping our club get things started and put some pressure on our opponents pitching," Pede says. "We really feel like we have made some great strides in getting this club going in the right direction. "

In keeping with Continental Baseball League rules on player roster size, the Toros released catcher Wayne Stuart and pitcher Jeremiah Gowey to make room for the new signees. " I need to say that Wayne is an outstanding young man and player and we really liked his ability and work ethic and really hated to move him, but there were things we had to do and he was a casualty of the numbers game of minor league baseball," Pede added. "Anyone looking for a quality catcher and a righthander with good upside should give these guys a shot and we will try to help them get with another club if we can."

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Gold Cup Quarterfinal Matches Set For Houston

By Robert H. Kelly

(Houston, Texas, June 14, 2007) The two quarterfinal matches of Gold Cup 2007 have been set for Houston Reliant Stadium.

In the first match of a double header on June 17 (Sunday), Mexico will face Costa Rica while Honduras will square of against Guadeloupe.

Costa Rica (1-1-1) finished in second place in Group A losing to Canada in their first game and tying Haiti 1-1. Their only win came against Guadeloupe 1-0.

Mexico finished Group C play in second place with a 2-1 record. They defeated Cuba 2-1 and Panama 1-0, losing only to Honduras 2-1.

They will face each other in the 2:00pm match of the doubleheader.

Honduras won Group C with a 2-1 record, beating Mexico 2-1 and Cuba 5-0. Their only loss was to Panama 3-2.

Guadeloupe finished in third place in Group A with one win against Canada by the score of 2-1. They ties Haiti 1-1 and lost to Costa Rica 1-0.

They will face off in the second match of the doubleheader at 5:00pm.

UPDATE: Cuban Defections During Gold Cup 2007

By Robert H. Kelly

(Houston, Texas, June 13, 2007) It has now come to light that two Cuban soccer players participating in the Gold Cup 2007 are missing and presumed to have defected.

Before last night’s match against Honduras, Cuban forward Lester More and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso were not in attendance at Houston’s Reliant Stadium and there whereabouts are unknown.

It was previous reported that only Alonso had defected, but updated information added More to the list.

There has been no official word from the Cuban camp. However Cuban coach Raul Gonzalez was quoted saying “It’s morally wrong to elave your country.”

These two players join Alberto Delgado and Ret Angel Martinez who defected at the 2002 and forward Maykel Galindo who followed suit in 2005.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mexico Outlasts Panama 1-0

By Robert H. Kelly

(Houston, Texas, June 13, 2007) In the second game of the Gold Cup 2007 doubleheader at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, Mexico (1-1-0) faced off against Panama (1-0-1).

With Cuba’s exit in their 5-0 loss to Honduras, both teams were assured of advancing to the quarterfinal round. The only question is who would place 2nd in the group and who they would face in the next round.

In a first half that saw very little offense, Mexico and Panama battled to a scoreless tie. The half saw five yellow cards issued in what can be described as much enthusiasm with very little outcome.

The largely Mexican crowd finally saw a result to all their cheering when Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven- Netherlands) connected with the goal to allow Mexico to go up 1-0.

Two more yellow cards were issued in the 79th minute. Panama’s Jamie Penedo (CA Osaduna-Spain) and Mexico’s Nery Castillo (Olimpiakos-Greece) were charged with the infractions.

Panama allowed the nail to be put in their coffin when Rolando Escobar (Tauro FC) was ordered off with a red card in the 85th minute. As a result, Panama was forced to play the last five minutes with a reduced squad.

To add insult to injury, Panama’s Roman Torres (CD La Equidad-Columbia) was also issued a red card in the 88th minute, dropping Panama’s players strength to nine.

In the second half, the officials issued four yellow cards to bring the game total to nine.
The Miller Lite Player of the Match was Carlos Salcido.

Cuban Player Defects During Gold Cup 2007

By Robert H. Kelly

(Houston, Texas, June 13, 2007) In a scene that was reminiscent of the 1960s, a phrase that I last heard uttered by Robin Williams in the movie “Moscow on the Hudson” was spoken at Reliant Stadium prior to this evening’s match between Cuba and Honduras.

Those two words brought back memories of the USSR and USA sports matches of that era, which usually involved as much politics as sports.

The two words that I haven’t heard in a long time: I DEFECT.

Unnamed sources claim that Cuban midfielder Osvaldo Alonoas defected prior to the game. It is unclear whether the defection occurred in Houston or at Cuba’s previous game site in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

As a result, only 17 players suited up for the match against Honduras.

United States law usually protects Cuban nationals who request political asylum while on U.S. soil.

The Cuban delegation has not commended on the reports.

Honduras Destroys Cuba 5-0 in Gold Cup 2007 Action

By Robert H. Kelly

(Houston, Texas, June 13, 2007) In the first game of the final round of Group C in the 2007 Gold Cup, Honduras didn’t take long to take control of the game and basically show Cuba the exit door from the tournament.

Scoring 3 goals in the first half, Honduras defeated Cuba 5-0 in front of a mostly supportive crowd at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Carlos Pavon (Real CD Espana) was virtually a one man show, scoring a hat trip in the 1st half.

Not even three minutes into the game, he took a pass from Carlos Costly (GKS Belchatow-Poland) in the third minute to take the score to 1-0.

The second goal of the game came in the 12th minute, as he scored an unassisted goal from in front of the net. Score: Honduras 2 Cuba 0.

His final goal of the first half came in the 42nd minute, as he took a pass from Julio Leon (Genova-Italy), scoring on a header. Score: Honduras 3 Cuba 0.

Cuba’s total lack of offense and porous defense may have been due to a lack of talent on the pitch.

A rumor began circulating around the press box by half time that four Cuban players had been benched. In addition, the rumor progressed that they were possibly trying to defect.

A statement for CONCACAF Media Officer Steve Torres stated, “This is not a matter that involves CONCACAF, and therefore we have no comment.”

Coming right back in the second half, Pavon wasted no time as he connected in the 53rd minute on another assist from Leon give Honduras an insurmountable lead of 4-0.

Both Cuba and Honduras began substituting shortly after Pavon’s fourth goal. Cuba substituted in an attempt to find anything that resembled an offense. Honduras pulled Pavon in the 62nd minute I order to give him a rest for Sunday’s match and to allow other players to get needed playing time.

The final goal of the game came in the form of a penalty kick by Amado Guevara (Chivas USA).

Honduras will now go on to face the third place team from Group A or C in a quarterfinal match on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Mexico and Panama Win Opening Games of 2007 Gold Cup

By Robert H. Kelly

(Each Rutherford, NJ, May 8, 2007) Jared Borgetti and Nery Castillo scored and Mexico survived an early scare from Cuba in a 2-1 victory Friday night in the opening Gold Cup2007 match for both sides.

Playing before a largely partisan Mexican crowd of 20,230 at Giants Stadium, Mexico was in control from the opening touch.

But on Cuba's first offensive threat in the 22nd minute, they scored to take the game to 1-0.

Mexico quickly answered to tie the game in the 38th minute when Adolfo Bautista's free kick from 35 yards found Jarad Borgetti undefended in front of the goal. The Cruz Azul striker deflected the ball with a tap of his head past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Mexico went ahead in the 56th minute when Pavel Pardo broke down the left and fired a hard shot Molina stopped but could not control, allowing Castillo to score into an empty net.

Panama converted its only two shots on goal in the first half, capitalizing on a man advantage after the 24th minute, and beat Honduras 3-2 in their opening 2007 Gold Cup match.

Honduras played the majority of the game with only 10 men after Wilson Palacios was ejected for a severe tackle, after being issued a straight red card.

Panama took the lead on their first scoring chance of the game. Rivera took a touch past Oscar Bonieck Garcia and put the ball under Honduran keeper Orlin Vallecillo in the 33rd minute. It was a mistake that would come back to haunt Honduras later in the match.

Honduras leveled five minutes later and it was Guevara, the 2004 MLS MVP who returned to play for Montagua in Honduras following a dispute with Chivas coach Preki earlier this season, who scored the goal.

Despite Honduras’ effort, Panama delivered the clinching goal on a counterattack two minutes later on a brilliant shot by Jose Luis Garces that he placed into the side-netting from 16 yards out.

Panama faces Cuba while Honduras will meet powerful Mexico Sunday at Giants Stadium.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Toros Drop Three Games To Blue Thunder

By Robert H. Kelly

(June 3, 2007-League City, Texas) The Bay Area Toros drop the final three games of their five game series against the Tarrant County Blue Thunder.

The Toros lost both games of a double header 11-0 and 10-9 on Saturday. They dropped the final game of the series 13-7 on Sunday.

Hitting in the late innings seems to be the problem for the Toros, as they put runs on the board early in the game, but fail to produce in the later innings.

In the first game of the double header, the Toros played errorless ball, but were unable to gain a run. However, they did go 9 for 15 from the plate, but that was not enough for the win.

The lack of effective pitching is also a problem for the Toros. “I don’t feel very good about (the pitching) at all. Too many walks, too many balls. I’d rather be taken out of a game because they’re hitting us - not because we’re walking everybody.” said Jerrett Sandridge.

The Toros used a total of five pitchers in game one, giving up 14 hits, 9 runs, eight of them earned, along with seven walks and only seven strikeouts.

In the second game, the Toros used three pitchers who game up ten runs on seven hits, six of them earned along with 13 walks.

In the final game of the five game series on Sunday, the Toros again fell apart in the late innings as the Blue Thunder rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third inning, scoring ten runs in the middle innings to win 13-7.

The Toros struck early in the game, taking a 4-1 lead in the early innings, but it was not enough to compensate for the runs scored by Tarrant Count y in the later innings.

Pitching continued to be a problem for the Toros. Sending a total of six pitchers to the mount Sunday night, the Toros gave up 13 runs on 15 hits with 14 walks.

The Toros are now 1-5 for the season and have been outscored 54-34 in six games. They are in fourth place in the Continental Baseball League, 3 ½ games behind the league leading Blue Thunder.

The Toros will begin a five game series on Thursday against the Texas Heat. Thursday is $30 Thursday, with fans getting two game tickets, a Toros cap and a t-shirt for only $30.

Friday is Ladies Night, with all females, regardless of age, get $5 tickets at the gate. On Sunday, all kids receiving one free ice cream from Select Asset Management.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Toros Win 8-5 Over Blue Thunder

By Robert H. Kelly

(June 1, 2007, League City, Texas) The Bay Area Toros recorded the first win in franchise history by defeating the Tarrant County Blue Thunder 8-5 at Wildcat Field in League City.

With the win, the Toros raises their season record to 1-2, while the Blue Thunder goes to 1-1.

The Toros had a monstrous showing at the plate, recording 8 runs on 15 hits. Center fielded Freddy Guzman went three for five with one RBI, with right fielder Zach Williams also tallying three out of five hits.

The Toros exploded in the second and third innings, scoring six runs.

Will Smeltzer got his first win of the season, pitching seven full innings and giving up on 2 runs off of four hits. He also got four strikeouts and walked five.

Designated hitter Mike Medrano extended his hitting streak to three games, going one for four and relief pitcher Keegan Laycock picked up the first save of his professional career.

Laycock faced loaded bases in the top on the ninth inning to preserve the Toros victory.

Pitcher Zach Duncan was credited with the loss for the Blue Thunder.

The Toros and Blue Thunder face off in a double header on Saturday with the final game of the series coming on Sunday.