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Old 01-12-2018, 01:30 AM   #1
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The Texas League

December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy.

The United States of America joined World War II immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The country changed forever, but one thing remained constant: baseball.

Many people don't know this, but if President Roosevelt didn't pen a letter to Commissioner Landis, MLB was going to halt play for the 1942 season. Even after Commissioner Landis decided to let play continue, the league struggled. Not a single team turned a profit for two consecutive seasons, teams began to carry 24 players instead of 25 to save money, and star players were asked to take pay cuts.

Major League Baseball almost ceased to exist. Could you imagine America without the MLB?

Well...in this story...there is no MLB.

In this universe, President Roosevelt penned a letter to Commissioner Landis imploring him to halt play in order to have everyone focused on the War effort.

In this universe, MLB totally ceased existence in 1941.

Let's fast forward to 1947. The war is over, good times are returning to America, and baseball is completely off the radar.

Well...not completely off the radar...there is one small blip in the state of Texas.

Texans just couldn't get enough of the game. I mean, the state is perfect for it. The weather is warm year round, and there's plenty of big cities, small towns, and land mass.

There were tons of little teams in Texas that played the game for fun, but in 1947, they decided to up the ante a little bit.

Hence, The Texas League.

The Texas League is comprised of a total of eight teams. The eight teams are split into two four team divisions. The teams will play a 42 game schedule, and the winner of each division will play in the Lonestar Series to determine a champion.

The teams are:

Northern Division:

Austin Senators
Amarillo Gold Sox
Lubbock Hubbers
Dallas Rebels

Southern Division:

Brownsville Browns
San Antonio Bullets
Houston Texans
Galveston Buccaneers

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Meet the Teams: Amarillo Gold Sox

Amarillo Gold Sox


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About Amarillo

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Amarillo is a small Texas town that rests in the middle of the Texas panhandle. It is closer to the Oklahoma border than Austin, the capital of the state. The towns origins trace back to the late 1800s, where it was originally a ranching town. The town saw a little bit of a boom during the World War, as a local air force field produced an ample amount of bombs an ammunition. Around that same time period, oil was discovered in the area, leading to even more of a "rush."

Amarillo's Best Player

Right Fielder Andrew Carley

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Carley is a 29 year old from New Braunfels, Tx. New Braunfels is just outside of San Antonio and rests on the Guadalupe River. It is a popular vacation spot for Texans.
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Meet the Teams: Austin Senators

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About Austin

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Austin is the capital of Texas. Named after Stephen F. Austin, Texas' most renowned empresario. Despite being the capital, Austin was originally overlooked, as people didn't flock there during the oil rush from the 1880s to 1920s. In 1920, it was only the 10th largest city in the state.

Austin's Best Player

26 year old Shortstop Joe Poulin

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Poulin is from Houston suburb Alvin. Alvin's claim to fame is it is the childhood home of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan (not that he exists in this universe)

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Meet the Teams: Brownsville Browns

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About Brownsville

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Brownsville is a small Texas town, and is the southernmost city in the state of Texas. It is located on the Rio Grande, which serves as the border between Texas and Mexico. Brownsville was incorporated in 1853. During the Civil War, it served as a major smuggling point for Confederate goods into Mexico. An estimated 25,000 people lived in Brownsville in 1947.

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27 year old pitcher Jeff Garber

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Garber is from Houston, the largest city in the state of Texas.
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Meet the Teams: Dallas Rebels

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Dallas is the second largest city in the state of Texas. Due to the construction of railroads, Dallas saw a boom as a trading city in the late 19th century. Dallas housed the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi.

Dallas' Best Player

26 year old RF'er Matt Peoples

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Meet the teams: Galveston Buccaneers

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Galveston is a coastal city located on Galveston Island about 50 miles south of Houston. Galveston was a booming port city in the 19th century, and had a population of a little over 37,000. It had one of the nation's largest cotton ports, competing with New Orleans. Unfortunately, Galveston was ravaged by the massive Hurricane of 1900. The storm killed somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 people on Galveston Island. To this day, it is the USA's deadliest natural disaster. The destruction of the city led to the construction of the Houston Ship Channel, and Galveston never returned to the importance or prosperity it held in the 19th century.

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Galveston's Best Player

30 year old RF'er David Lusk

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Meet the Teams: Houston Texans

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Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas. It is named after the first President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston. Houston's emergence began as a railroad hub for cotton exports. However, the city began to have a more diverse economy after the Houston Ship Channel was built after the Hurricane of 1900 destroyed Galveston, and after the discovery of oil at nearby Spindletop in 1902. By 1940, Houston was home to well over 100,000 people.

Houston's Best Player

29 year old CF'er Bill Rothschild

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Meet the Teams: Lubbock Hubbers

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Lubbock is a small town in Northwest Texas. Lubbock is named after Thomas Saltus Lubbock, who was a former Texas Ranger and the brother of the governor of Texas at the time of the Civil War. It was officially incorporated in 1876. The town's main attraction is Texas Tech University.

Lubbock's Best Player

26 year old CF'er Jarrod McLure

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Meet the Teams: San Antonio Bullets

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San Antonio is in Southwest Texas and is the third most populous city in the state. Origins trace all the way back to 1700, when many Spanish missions were built in the area. San Antonio is home to The Alamo, a famous battle for the fight for Texas Independence. Thousands of Texans were slaughtered, and Mexico won the battle, but "Remember the Alamo" served as a rally cry for the Texans when they won independence at San Jacinto. San Antonio served as a railroad hub during the Civil War and World War II.

San Antonio's Best Player

28 year old SP Jack Graham

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1947 Results

The first season of The Texas League has come to a close! Lets recap the happenings of 1947.

Regular Season Team Results

The Northern Division was a battle of mediocrity, while the Southern Division was a battle of greatness.

At season's end, only 3 1/2 games separated first place from last place in the Northern Division, and a 43rd game was needed to break the tie for first place. The Amarillo Gold Sox defeated the Dallas Rebels in game 43 to earn the Northern Division's bid to the Lonestar Series. The Gold Sox finished 22-21.

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Over in the Southern Division, three teams battled it out for first place while one lagged far behind. The third place team finished 23-19, which would've been good enough for first place in the Northern Division. Ultimately, the Brownsville Browns won the division by one game over the Houston Texans. The San Antonio Bullets were in the race all year long, finishing 23-19 and three games out of first. The Galveston Buccaneers finished 16-26, good for last place in the entire league.

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Regular Season League Leaders

Batting Average

1) Galveston Buccaneers RF David Lusk - .364
2) Dallas Rebels 3B Nate Cook - .352
3) Dallas Rebels RF Matt Peoples - .343

Home Runs

1) Lubbock Hubbers RF Jason Gerken - 13
2) Houston Texans 3B Mike Mullen - 9
3) Houston Texans LF Brian Borman - 8

Strikeouts

1) Brownsville Browns SP Jeff Garber - 86
2) Amarillo Gold Sox SP Mike Winkel 64
3) Galveston Buccaneers SP Chris Gazaille 46

Earned Run Average

1) Dallas Rebels SP Sam Davis - 1.91
2) Lubbock Hubbers SP John O'Donnell - 2.35
3) Brownsville Browns SP Jeff Garber - 2.54

Lonestar Series

The Lonestar Series was a battle between the Brownsville Browns and Amarillo Gold Sox -- Texas' southernmost city versus Texas' northernmost city. Amarillo and Brownsville are about 800 miles apart from each other. By comparison, San Francisco and Phoenix are closer than these two Texas towns. The two teams were fired up to take the inaugural Texas crown.

GAME ONE

The Lonestar Series got off to a quiet start today, with the host Brownsville Browns taking a low-scoring 2-0 win over the Amarillo Gold Sox. Brownsville left-hander Jeff Garber was marvelous and was named player of the game. The Browns now hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Garber tossed 115 pitches over 9 innings to clinch the win for the Browns. The left-hander allowed just 2 hits, while racking up 10 strikeouts in the game.

GAME TWO

With starter Nate Lawrence leading the charge, the Brownsville Browns defeated the Amarillo Gold Sox, 7-5, in Game 2 of the Lonestar Series today. The left-hander threw 7 innings of 6-hit ball to help Brownsville take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Had Ben Metz not delivered a key base hit in the bottom of the seventh, the outcome might have been different. Instead, with two down and the bases loaded, Metz hit a 2-run single. That made the score 4-3, in favor of the Browns.

The teams have an off day tomorrow to compensate for travel to Amarillo.

GAME THREE

The Brownsville Browns moved to within one game of the Lonestar Series today, downing the Amarillo Gold Sox on the road by a score of 6-1. Browns left-hander Jeff Garber was named player of the game after a strong outing in which he threw 9 innings of 5-hit ball. The win gives the Browns a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-7 Lonestar Series.

In his 98-pitch effort, Garber allowed 1 earned run on 5 hits over 9 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 3.

GAME FOUR

It was a hard-fought battle for both teams to make it this far. But as the saying goes, "to the victors go the spoils." For the victorious Brownsville Browns, that meant the first Texas League Lonestar Series trophy.

The Browns took a 10-7 victory over the Amarillo Gold Sox, winning the 1st championship after taking the series 4-0.

"We've got grit," said Browns starting pitcher Jeff Garber, who was named MVP of the series. "We know how to win when we have to."

The titleholders completed the regular season with a first-place finish in the Southern Division and a 26-16 record.


Award Season

The Texas League only gives out one award...Player of the Year. This years winner is...

Lubbock Hubbers 3B Jason Gerken

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Gerken hit .329 with a .374 on-base percentage. He had 54 hits, 9 doubles, 13 home runs, 32 RBIs and scored 26 runs.

Mike Mullen of the Houston Texans finished 2nd in voting, while Matt Peoples of the Dallas Rebels finished 3rd

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1948 Season Preview

1948 returns with the exact same format as the extremely successful inaugural season of 1947. Our experts have evaluated the rosters, and have predicted how they see 1948 going.

First, the Northern Division...

Our experts see the Amarillo Gold Sox repeating as Northern Division Champions. They predict Amarillo will finish 23-19. They will be led by their pitching rotation, which is led by Mike Penton and Mike Winkel. Those two are expected to make up for what looks like an otherwise lackluster offensive team. The Lubbock Hubbers are projected to be right on the Gold Sox's heels with a record of 22-20. The Hubbers are led by 1947 Player of the Year Jason Gerken. The Austin Senators and Dallas Rebels are both projected to finish 20-22.

Now lets take a look at the Southern Division...

The San Antonio Bullets are projected to win the division crown with a record of 25-17. They will be led by a potent offense with guys like Colby Swinson, Chad Hunter, and John Bredeweg. The experts project a significant gap between them and the rest of the division. The Galveston Buccaneers and defending champion Brownsville Browns are projected to finish tied for second at 21-21. The Houston Texans are projected to finish last with an 18-24 record.

The Texas League begins play on February 10th.
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1948 - February Recap

The first month of play of The Texas League has come to a close.

After getting off to a hot 12-3 start, the Amarillo Gold Sox have dropped their last three games, falling to 12-6. They still have the best record in the entire league, and are 3 games ahead of the Lubbock Hubbers for the Northern Division lead. The Austin Senators and Dallas Rebels are both 6-12 and have quite the uphill climb if they want to make the Lonestar Series.

Things are as tight as ever in the Southern Division. The Brownsville Browns, San Antonio Bullets, and Houston Texans are all tied for first at 10-8. The defending champion Browns got off to a mediocre start, but have played better baseball of late. The Houston Texans were off to a miserable start, but a 6 game winning streak has them right back in the hunt. The San Antonio Bullets have spent the most days in first place in the division. Don't rule out the Galveston Buccaneers quite yet, though. They are 9-9 and are only one game back for the division lead

League Leaders

Batting Average

1) Houston Texans CF Steve Doscher - .460
2) Austin Senators RF Vic Doss - .440
3) Amarillo Gold Sox CF Justin Lamb - .424

Doscher is currently injured and will miss the next three weeks.

Home Runs

1) Austin Senators RF Vic Doss - 6
2) Austin Senators 1B Chris Sullivan - 6
3) San Antonio Bullets RF John Bredeweg - 5

Earned Run Average

1) San Antonio Bullets SP Jack Graham - 1.00
2) Brownsville Browns SP Nate Lawrence - 1.50
3) Brownsville Browns SP Justin McHugh - 1.63

Strikeouts

1) Amarillo Gold Sox SP Mike Winkel - 36
2) Brownsville Browns SP Jeff Garber - 32
3) Austin Senators SP Guy Elliff - 28
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Season Winding Down

It is March 17th, and only 10 days remain in the regular season.

The Northern Division is an extremely tight race. The Amarillo Gold Sox and Lubbock Hubbers are tied for first at 18-15. The Dallas Rebels are 2 GB at 16-17. They haven't been much of a factor all year and it would truly be a shocker if they pull things out here in the final week and a half of play. The Austin Senators are in last at 15-18.

The Brownsville Browns have started to run away with the Southern Division. Their 19-13 record has them 3 games ahead of the Houston Texans for the division lead. The Texans are in second place at 16-16. The Galveston Buccaneers are 4 1/2 out of first with a 15-18 record. The San Antonio Bullets have fallen apart and are in last with a 14-19 record.

League Leaders


Batting Average

1) Amarillo Gold Sox OF Justin Lamb - .381
2) Dallas Rebels 2B Nate Cook - .369
3) San Antonio Bullets SS Chad Hunter - .347

Home Runs

1) Dallas Rebels OF Matt Peoples - 12
2) Austin Senators OF Vic Doss - 9
3) Amarillo Gold Sox OF Andrew Carley - 8

Earned Run Average

1) San Antonio Bullets SP Jack Graham - 1.51
2) Brownsville Browns SP Nate Lawrence - 1.86
3) Brownsville Browns SP Justin McHugh - 2.08

Strikeouts

1) Amarillo Gold Sox SP Mike Winkel - 61
2) Brownsville Browns SP Jeff Garber - 58
3) Austin Senators SP Guy Elliff - 52
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1948 Season Recap

The 1948 season has come to an end.

The Northern Division was a tight race until the final day, but the Lubbock Hubbers edged out the Amarillo Gold Sox to win the division and earn a bid to the Lonestar Series.

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The Brownsville Browns won the Southern Division by a comfortable three game margin. They will have a chance to defend their championship.

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League Leaders

Batting Average

1) Amarillo Gold Sox OF Justin Lamb - .374
2) Austin Senators OF Vic Doss - .358
3) Dallas Rebels 2B Nate Cook - .353

Home Runs

1) Dallas Rebels OF Matt Peoples - 12
2) Austin Senators OF Vic Doss - 11
3) Austin Senators 1B Chris Sullivan - 11

Earned Run Average

1) San Antonio Bullets SP Jack Graham - 1.47
2) Austin Senators SP Guy Elliff - 2.36
3) Brownsville Browns SP Nate Lawrence - 2.43

Strikeouts

1) Amarillo Gold Sox SP Mike Winkel - 76
2) Brownsville Browns SP Jeff Garber - 58
3) San Antonio Bullets SP T.J. Newton - 57

Lonestar Series

GAME ONE

The Brownsville Browns took game one of the Lonestar Series with a road victory over the Lubbock Hubbers. Browns starter Justin McHugh pitched a complete game, giving up 8 hits and allowing 2 runs while walking 3 and striking out 4 in the 4-2 victory.

Ryan Roberts' two-run home run in the top of the first set the tone for the Browns.

GAME TWO

With starter Nate Lawrence leading the charge, the Brownsville Browns defeated the Lubbock Hubbers, 8-2, in Game 2 of the Lonestar Series today. The left-hander threw 8 innings of 3-hit ball to help Brownsville take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Lawrence tossed 118 pitches over 8 innings to clinch the win for the Browns. The left-hander allowed just 3 hits, while racking up 8 strikeouts in the game.

Lawrence expressed little emotion after the game. "Every game we win now," he said, "is one less win we'll need to get in the end."

GAME THREE

The Brownsville Browns moved to within one game of a title today, downing the visiting Lubbock Hubbers by a score of 7-3. Browns right fielder Pat Beltrami was named player of the game after he was 3 for 3 with 3 singles and a walk. The win gives the Browns a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-7 Lonestar Series.

Brian Edmunds, who is rated as the 8th best prospect by BNN, aided the Brownsville cause with a 3-run pinch hit home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Game 4 is scheduled for tomorrow in Brownsville. The scheduled starters for the game are Craig Blakley for Lubbock and Justin Rock for Brownsville.

GAME FOUR

The Brownsville Browns are champions, today and forever. The Browns topped the Lubbock Hubbers 6-3 today to claim the Lonestar Series crown.

"Nobody can take this away from us, not ever," said series MVP and right fielder Pat Beltrami after his club had sealed the victory. "We worked hard and we accomplished our goal."

The atmosphere was electric as the defending champs stormed the field at the conclusion of the game. Fans cheered, gloves flew in the air, and high fives and hugs were the order of the day.

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The Brownsville Browns have won their second straight title and the only two championships in league history!

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Player of the Year

The 1948 Player of the Year is...

Lubbock Hubbers OF Noel McLin

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He banged out a .326 average, logging 31 hits, 9 home runs, 26 RBIs and scoring 21 runs.

Vic Doss of the Austin Senators finished second in voting, while Josh Dillman of the Lubbock Hubbers finished third.
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BREAKING NEWS: The Texas League Adds Two Teams

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About Beaumont

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Beaumont is a town on the coastal plain in East Texas about 30 miles inland. It is about one hour east of Houston. Beaumont was incorporated on December 16th, 1838. Beaumont grew in the 19th century with the presence of rice and lumber mills. However, that was nothing compared to the discovery of Spindletop in 1901. Spindletop was the first major oil field and is the largest in American history. In a span of three months, the population more than tripled from 9,000 to 30,000.

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26 year old 3B Bill Tenpenny

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BREAKING NEWS: The Texas League Adds Two Teams Continued

Ft. Worth Cats

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Ft. Worth is part of the DFW metroplex and is just West of Dallas. Ft. Worth's boom began in 1876 after the Texas and Pacific Railway was finally completed. The town played a major role in the cattle trade. People migrated from the war-torn areas of the South, swelling the population.

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22 year-old OF Aaron Woodall

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1949 Season Preview

With two more teams added to the fold, the teams will play a total of 12 more games, meaning the schedule has increased from 42 to 54 games. The winner of the two divisions will continue to meet in the Lonestar Series to determine a champion.

The experts predict the Austin Senators will win the Northern Division with a record of 32-22. The Amarillo Gold Sox are projected to finish in second at 29-25. The defending division champion Lubbock Hubbers are projected to finish in third place at 28-26. The expansion Ft. Worth Cats will finish in 4th place with a 24-30 according to the experts. The Dallas Rebels apparently are the biggest underdog heading into the season, with a projected record of 22-32.

Over to the Southern Division, where not much is projected to change. The two-time defending champion Brownsville Browns are projected to win the division with a 31-23 record. Their biggest challenger supposedly will be the Galveston Buccaneers, who are projected to finish one game back of them at 30-24. The San Antonio Bullets are projected to finish third with a 29-25 record, while the Houston Texans and expansion Beaumont Exporters are supposed to bring up the rear at 25-29 and 22-32 respectively.

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1949 Season Recap

Regular Season Recap

The Dallas Rebels eked out the Northern Division title over the expansion Ft. Worth Cats. It was a perplexing year for the Lubbock Hubbers, who finished 19-35 and with the worst record in the league just one year after playing in the Lonestar Series.

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The San Antonio Bullets won the Southern Division with a 31-23 record. There was a comfortable distance between them and the rest of the division, as the Beaumont Exporters, Houston Texans, and two-time defending champion Brownsville Browns finished 27-27. The Galveston Buccaneers continue to be one of the most disappointing teams in league history, finishing 24-30.

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League Leaders

Batting Average

1) Austin Senators OF Vic Doss - .342
2) Beaumont Exporters C Ryan Willson - .337
3) Ft. Worth Cats C Chris Cole - .333

Home Runs

1) Austin Senators OF Vic Doss - 14
2) Lubbock Hubbers 3B Mike Lindner - 13
3) San Antonio Bullets SS Chad Hunter - 12

Earned Run Average

1) Dallas Rebels SP Chris Eddy - 1.93
2) Amarillo Gold Sox SP Mike Winkel - 2.06
3) Galveston Buccaneers SP Mike Petteway - 2.37

Strikeouts

1) Amarillo Gold Sox SP Mike Winkel - 94
2) Brownsville Browns SP Jeff Garber - 89
3) Lubbock Hubbers SP Ian Barrett - 63

Lonestar Series

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GAME ONE

The San Antonio Bullets started the Lonestar Series in style today, downing the visiting Dallas Rebels by a score of 7-1 to stake an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Bullets left-hander Billy Schulte was named player of the game after he threw 8 innings of 6-hit ball.

The Bullets picked up the win with a combination of good hitting and good pitching.

"I just tried to attack the bottom of the zone," Schulte said.

GAME TWO

The Dallas Rebels topped the San Antonio Bullets by the score of 3-1 and moved into a 1-1 tie in the Lonestar Series today. The largest share of the credit went to player of the game and Dallas starter Trent Sconiers, who threw 7 innings of 6-hit ball in the win.

A crucial at-bat came with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two out in the top of the fifth inning. That's when first baseman Josh Palmer drew a walk. The Rebels went on to win.

GAME THREE

Riding the 2-hit performance of left fielder Colby Swinson, the San Antonio Bullets got a road win against the Dallas Rebels, 6-3, in Game 3 of the Lonestar Series today. Swinson was 2-4 with a double and a walk. He drove in 3 runs and scored once for the Bullets, who now lead the best-of-7 series, 2 games to 1.

The most crucial at-bat for San Antonio came in the top of the ninth inning. That's when Swinson stroked a 0-1 cutter to left for a bases-clearing double, putting San Antonio up, 6-3.

Swinson called the win "a collective effort."

GAME FOUR

Despite a great performance by Dallas second baseman Nate Cook, the San Antonio Bullets defeated the Rebels by the score of 5-4 today. Cook went 4-5 with a home run and 3 singles. He drove in 3 runs and scored once to earn player of the game honors, but could not prevent the Bullets from moving one game closer to the Round 2. San Antonio now leads the Lonestar Series 3-1.

Billy Nelson made it 5-4 in favor of San Antonio when he delivered a run-scoring double. It came with one out in the top of the eighth. The Bullets went on to win.

GAME FIVE

The Dallas Rebels have closed some of the gap between themselves and the series-leading San Antonio Bullets, winning 8-5 today. Rebels right fielder Matt Peoples was named player of the game after he was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. He drove in 4 runs and scored once. The win cuts the deficit facing the Rebels to 3-2 in the best-of-7 Lonestar Series.

Peoples delivered in the bottom of the third inning for Dallas. With the game tied and runners on 1st and 2nd, the right fielder hit a 2-run double to center.

"We'll put this win in our pocket and go after the next one," said Peoples.

GAME SIX

The Dallas Rebels and the San Antonio Bullets will take the Lonestar Series to a decisive 7th game. In a must-win situation today, the Rebels beat the Bullets 11-4 to force the series into what will essentially be a one-game playoff. Dallas first baseman Josh Palmer was named player of the game in the win after he was 2-5 with a double. He drove in 4 runs and scored once.

Palmer had a big at-bat with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, when he hit a 2-run single. The Rebels went on to win.

GAME SEVEN

It was all about winning for the Dallas Rebels -- and win they did.

There was nothing fancy in how they went about it, players said, they just prepared mentally and physically and then went out and played baseball.

"We did the little things right and we did the big things right," said right fielder Matt Peoples, who was named series MVP. "Now we're the league champions."

Dallas defeated the San Antonio Bullets in 11 innings by a score of 2-1 at Bullets Ballpark to take the series 4-3.

Player of the Year Award

The 1949 Player of the Year Award goes to...

San Antonio Bullets RHP T.J. Newton!

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The ace put up an impressive year with a 6-1 record. In 6 starts he piled up 69.1 innings, had 41 strikeouts with 11 walks and a 2.47 ERA. Newton held opposing hitters to a .270 batting average. He also had 12 appearances out of the bullpen, getting a total of 5 saves.
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Aside: I've decided to scrap the "season preview" post. The predictions were horribly wrong almost every single season. Instead, I will sim the first month of the year and will update everyone before then simming the rest of the season and providing the major end of season update post.

Northern Division

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Through 18 games there's very little separation in the Northern Division. The Austin Senators and Amarillo Gold Sox are tied atop the division at 10-8. The Senators are led by a potent offense that is tied for the league lead in home runs. Amarillo has no true strength, but they have no true weaknesses either. The Ft. Worth Cats and Lubbock Hubbers are both only one game back and have records of 9-9. The defending champion Dallas Rebels are only 2 games back, but they are under .500 at 8-10.

Southern Division

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Over in the Southern Division things aren't too much clearer. The Houston Texans and Beaumont Exporters are tied atop the division with records of 11-7. The Texans have the best offense in the entire league, but a spotty pitching staff has me skeptical about whether or not they will hang around. The Texans have the current favorite for Player of the Year in 3B Mike Mullen. Mullen is currently hitting .385 with 9 HR through one-third of the season. The Exporters are the polar opposite of the Texans. They have the best pitching staff in the league, but the lineup has its fair share of holes. The San Antonio Bullets are two games back at 9-9. The Galveston Buccaneers are 4 games back at 7-11. The once powerhouse Brownsville Browns bring up the rear with a record of 6-12.
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First to nominate Odessa as the Hellraisers, since you raise your children in Midland, and raise hell in Odessa.

Also, I'd be disappointed if there wasn't a proper "West Texas Division" (No, it's not proper to be called the "Western Division").
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