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The Amarillo Sox came up short in their home opener Monday night, losing to the defending American Association champions, the Winnipeg Goldeyes 11-5. Sox starting pitcher Ryan MItchell struggled, allowing seven runs in 3 2/3 innings, with three walks and three strikeouts. Amarillo Manager Bobby Brown said said he was proud of how his team battled back from an early 7-0 deficit to make a game of it before the Goldeyes put it away with three runs in the ninth.
The teams meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. Former Major Leaguer Jason Johnson will pitch for the Sox. He was the winner in the season opener against El Paso last week despite giving up five runs in five innings.
The Amarillo Venom won at home on Saturday over San Angelo 48-38 in Lone Star Football League play. Venom quarterback Nate Davis threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score. Reveiver Doug Williams returned to the line up following a concussion and snagged 8 catches for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Amarillo defense also came through with a big game, holding the Bandits to just 38 points and making a key stop late in the game. Amarillo improves to 5-2 on the season. The Venom next play at Abilene on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th.
Candace Whitaker is returning to her alma mater to become the sixth head coach in Lady Raider basketball history. Whitaker was the starting point guard for a pair of Sweet 16 teams at Texas Tech. She spent last season as the associate head coach at Oklahoma State after serving as head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for six seasons. In high school she was known as Candi White and played for Canyon High School under Coach Joe Lombard.
Amarillo High vs. Canyon High
Game 1: Canyon 4, Amarillo High 2
Game 2: Canyon 8, Amarillo High 7
Canyon wins series 2-0
Wolfforth Frenship vs. Canyon Randall
Game 1: Frenship 13, Randall 4
Game 2: Randall 4, Frenship 2
Game 3: Frenship 11, Randall 0
Frenship wins series 2-1
Childress vs. Bushland
Game 1: Childress 5, Bushland 3
Game 2: Childress 16, Bushland 3 (5 innings)
Childress wins series 2-0
ChiChilChTulia vs. Idalou
Game 1: Idalou 1, Tulia 0
Game 2: Idalou 19, Tulia 1
Idalou wins series 2-0