The Springfield-Ozark Mountain Ducks were busy yesterday, cutting ten players from their Central Professional Baseball League roster. Included in that group is Mike Smith, who also served as the Ducks pitching coach last season.
The Springfield-Ozark Mounatin Ducks rallied from a 4-2 8th-inning deficit to beat Amarillo 5-4 on Monday. The Ducks won the game on Jim Essian’s bases-loaded, game-winning squeeze play. Ducks righthander Mike Smith struck out eight in the game and in the process set the Texas-Louisiana League career strikeout record with 578. Smith goes the distance to pick up the win for the Ducks.
For the second-straight night, the Springfield-Ozark Mountain Ducks won in their final at-bat, rallying for two runs in the bottom of the tenth to beat San Angelo 3-2. Marvin Cole was the hero for the Ducks, his RBI single in the tenth plated Elinton Jasco with the game-winner. The Ducks have won six of their last nine games.
Despite home runs from Curtis Underwood and Andre Johnson, the Springfield-Ozark Mountain Ducks dropped a wild one on Sunday, 18-14 to Amarillo. The Ducks trailed in this one 11-2 in the 4th inning before rallying to pull within 15-14 in the 8th. The Dillas added three more from there and they eventually captured the victory. Andy Dettman allowed ten runs in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Despite a less then stellar first half, three Springfield-Ozark Mountain Ducks will be taking part in tonight’s Texas-Louisiana League All-Star Game. RHP Mike Smith, DH Andre Johnson and C Matt Dettman will represent the Ducks in Amarillo tonight. The Ducks finished the first-half 18-30, in sixth-place in the seven-team Texas-Louisiana League.
Officials with the Ozark Mountain Ducks baseball team in Ozark were on hand at last night’s meeting of the Ozark Board of Aldermen to put forward their ideas on building a civic center that would house a minor league hockey team. Donna McQuay, Ozark Mayor Pro Tem, says the city supports the idea, especially since it does not require any taxpayer dollars. She adds the ownership of the baseball team has proven its worth.
The Ozark Mountain Ducks’ season is over as they lost to Amarillo in the playoffs, two games to one. The Ducks won the opener of the series at home, but then dropped the next two games in Amarillo. The ‘Dillos won the final game 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the Texas-Louisiana League finals.
It comes down to one game for the Ozark Mountain Ducks. They lost in Amarillo last night, 6-1, evening their playoff series with the Dillos at one game apiece. The teams play Saturday in Amarillo, Texas, with the winner advancing to the Texas-Louisiana League championship. Amarillo won the league’s regular season title, while the Ducks finished fourth.
The Ozark Mountain Ducks are one win away from playing for the Texas-Louisiana League championship. The Ducks play game two of their best-of-three series in Amarillo tonight. Ozark won the opener at home 5-4 in ten innings. Amarillo gets the next two games at home, and must win both to eliminate the Ducks.
Ozark won its playoff opener, beating the league’s top team for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Jason Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning, forcing in the winning run as the Mountain Ducks beat Amarillo, 5-4. The Ducks had 14 hits. Game two is in Amarillo Thursday.