TEXAS LEAGUE (Double-A)
Texas League Championship Series – Game #5
Tulsa Drillers 0
Midland RockHounds 5
WP – Long 2-0 / 0.66
HR – Coleman (1), Crumbliss (1)
After tying the series at two games apiece on Saturday, Midland shut out Tulsa in Game #5 on Sunday to become 2014’s Texas League champions. RockHounds ace Nate Long, who notched the win in Game #1, tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings to hold Tulsa scoreless while the Hounds took the lead. Long struck out 5 before exiting with a 3-run lead and ended up earning his 2nd win in the series. RHP Marcus Walden tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, while LHP Frank Gailey pitched a perfect 8th, and RHP Jose Flores got the final three outs in the 9th. Shortstop Dusty Coleman hit a 2-run homer to give the Hounds the lead in the 2nd, and second baseman Conner Crumbliss followed with a homer in the 5th to extend the lead. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Matt Chapman singled in the RockHounds’ final run in the 6th to help Midland earn its first Texas League crown since the team last took the title in 2009.