You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Area Pro Teams


Middlebrooks leads Round Rock to win over Iowa

Will Middlebrooks hit two home runs as the Round Rock Express beat the Iowa Cubs 4-1 on Thursday at Dell Diamond. R.J. Alvarez struck out Jacob Hannemann with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season. The win halts a three-game losing streak for the Express. Round Rock (35-38) went up 3-0 in the third after Middlebrooks hit a two-run home run, scoring Jared Hoying...
Break out the orange cone: Express to welcome San Antonio as new rival

Break out the orange cone: Express to welcome San Antonio as new rival

The Round Rock Express will have a new geographic rival in 2019. San Antonio baseball officials announced Wednesday plans to field a Triple-A franchise in two years once the Missions move their Double-A Texas League team to Amarillo. The Alamo City’s Pacific Coast League team will be relocated from Colorado Springs; the Elmore Sports Group owns both the Sky Sox and Missions. It also is expected...
Redbirds rally to beat Express

Redbirds rally to beat Express

Singles by Nick Martini and Alex Mejia were the key hits in an eighth-inning rally that lifted the Memphis Redbirds to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Round Rock Express in a Pacific Coast League game Monday night at Dell Diamond. Down 4-2 in the eighth, Memphis loaded the bases on an error, a single and a walk. Martini’s two-run single tied the game, and Mejia lined a single to center to put...
Texas ex Stubbs making most of home with Express

Texas ex Stubbs making most of home with Express

Drew Stubbs relishes a return to the major leagues, but in the meantime it’s pretty nice to be able to drive to his house after home games. The former University of Texas All-American and Tarrytown resident is on his third tour of duty in the Texas Rangers organization, patrolling center field for the Round Rock Express. “Being at home is a huge thing, close to friends and family, having...
Pro softball: Texas Charge on a streak with weekend wins

Pro softball: Texas Charge on a streak with weekend wins

The Texas Charge have won their last four National Pro Fastpitch League contests after sweeping the weekend series against the Akron Racers, beating them 5-2 Saturday night and 12-9 Sunday afternoon at Texas State’s Bobcat Softball Stadium. Eight different players got a hit Sunday as the Charge outhit the Racers 13-12. “I think the hitters are finally starting to get in their groove,&rdquo...
Stubbs, Guzman lift Round Rock over Memphis 7-3

Stubbs, Guzman lift Round Rock over Memphis 7-3

Drew Stubbs doubled, singled and drove in three runs as the Round Rock Express beat the Memphis Redbirds 7-3 in a Pacific Coast League game at Dell Diamond on Saturday night. Ronald Guzman singled three times and scored two runs for Round Rock. The Express started the scoring in the first inning when Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run home run. After Round Rock added two runs in the second on a double...
Ex-Olympian Crystl Bustos leads Charge into pro softball season

Ex-Olympian Crystl Bustos leads Charge into pro softball season

Rain had started to fall for the umpteenth time that evening. Fans who had endured the dreary weather were leaving, with some headed to an autograph session set up in a dry spot under the stands. But coach Crystl Bustos gathered her softball team around her June 9 and talked for about 10 animated minutes, discussing why they’d lost for the first time this season. It was the first-ever homestand...

Will Middlebrooks’ homers help Express beat Baby Cakes

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit two home runs to lift the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 victory at New Orleans in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night. A two-run homer by Middlebrooks capped a three-run fifth inning and gave the Express a 4-3 lead over the Baby Cakes. Brett Nicholas had hit an RBI single earlier in the inning. New Orleans answered in the bottom half on Chad Hinshaw’s RBI...

Express rally to defeat Baby Cakes 6-3

A four-run rally by the Express in the fourth inning helped Round Rock defeat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 6-3 Thursday night in New Orleans. Round Rock’s Jason Martinson sparked the rally with a two-run double in the fourth and went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and scored two runs. Round Rock (32-35) has won two of three against the Baby Cakes (23-42) and can clinch the series with a victory...
Five-run inning dooms Express in loss to Baby Cakes

Five-run inning dooms Express in loss to Baby Cakes

The New Orleans Baby Cakes scored five runs in teh fifth inning and held on to defeat the Round Rock Express 5-3 Wednesday afternoon in Metairie, La. New Orleans (23-41) scored five runs of Round Rock starter Tyler Wagner, who took the loss on the mound. Wagner gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out three batters. Chris O’Grady got the win for the Baby Catkes, allowing just one run on...

Stubbs powers Express past Baby Cakes 5-2

Former Texas Longhorn Drew Stubbs hit two home runs to help the Round Rock Express defeat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 5-2 and snap a three-game losing streak Monday night in New Orleans. Stubbs went 3 for 5, his first three-hit game of the season, with two RBIs and scored three runs. Round Rock’s Drew Robinson, once again, led off the game with a home run. It was his fourth leadoff home run in...

Santos Laguna, Toluca face off in Mexico league match at Dell Diamond

Two of Mexico’s top soccer teams will meet at Dell Diamond this summer in a preseason match as Liga MX returns to Central Texas. Club Santos Laguna and Deportivo Toluca F.C. will face off at Dell Diamond July 12 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting during Major League Baseball’s All-Star break marks the third consecutive year that Dell Diamond has hosted a preseason contest between Liga MX squads...

Dodgers rally for six runs in ninth, top Express 10-7

Kyle Farmer hit a three-run walk-off homer as the Oklahoma City Dodgers rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Round Rock Express 10-7 Sunday night in Oklahoma City. Willie Calhoun sparked the rally in the ninth with a two-run double that tied the game at 7-7. With two outs, Farmer hit a homer off Round Rock’s Brady Dragmire to give the Dodgers their fourth straight win. The...

Oklahoma City clinches three-game series over Round Rock

O’Koyea Dickson hit a run-scoring double in the third inning, leading the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 10-5 win over the Round Rock Express on Saturday in Oklahoma City. The double by Dickson came in the midst of a four-run inning and gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Willie Calhoun hit a two-run home run. Dickson finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles and an...
Three three-run homers sink Charge in pro softball

Three three-run homers sink Charge in pro softball

The opening series between the Texas Charge and the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs is now even at one win each after Houston beat the Charge 9-4 in a National Pro Fastpitch League softball game Friday night. Houston jumped ahead 9-0 early with a three-run homer in each of the first three innings. Taylor Edwards hit the first homer for the Dawgs off of starting pitcher Lauren Hager. Nerissa Meyers hit the...

Round Rock drops series opener to Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Dodgers trailed after three innings before scoring two runs in four consecutive frames to take a 12-6 series-opening win over the Round Rock Express in Oklahoma City Friday night. Eight different Dodgers had at least one RBI as Oklahoma City (32-27) had 15 hits on the night. Drew Maggi was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Dodgers. Mike Freeman went...
Rangers recall Jurickson Profar from Express with Adrian Beltre hurt

Rangers recall Jurickson Profar from Express with Adrian Beltre hurt

The Texas Rangers recalled infielder Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez to the Express before Friday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. Profar will start at third base with Adrian Beltre out of the lineup for the second straight game. Beltre suffered an ankle injury Tuesday against the New York Mets. The slugger has played in...
Texas ex Taylor powers Charge past Dawgs in pro softball opener 3-0

Texas ex Taylor powers Charge past Dawgs in pro softball opener 3-0

The Texas Charge’s inaugural season in San Marcos started on a positive note Thursday night with a 3-0 win over the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs at Bobcat Softball Stadium. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Charge third baseman Nadia Taylor hit a solo home run over the right-center field wall for a 1-0 lead. She drove in the final two runs one inning later on a single that scored...

Express pound out nine extra-base hits in win over Sky Sox

Peter O’Brien and Jason Martinson each homered as the Round Rock Express posted two six-run innings to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 14-10 in Colorado Springs Thursday night. Ronald Guzman had a double and four RBIs as he went 2-for-5 from the plate to help the Express take the series 3-1. O’Brien finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Martinson went 2-for-5 with...

Drew Robinson hits grand slam, leads Round Rock over Colorado Springs

Drew Robinson hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 9-3 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colo. The grand slam by Robinson scored Jason Martinson, Drew Stubbs, and Brett Hayes to give the Express a 6-1 lead. Robinson finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. His home run made it four in his last three games...

Sky Sox score eight in the sixth to defeat Express

An eight-run sixth inning helped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeat the Round Rock Express 12-8 in Colorado Springs on Tuesday night. The win tied the series at a game apiece after Round Rock took the first game 10-7 on Monday. Tristan Archer (2-1) got the win after allowing a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Allen Webster (4-4) suffered the loss as he gave up seven runs on eight hits through 5...
Austin Huns grab club’s 1st U.S. rugby championship

Austin Huns grab club’s 1st U.S. rugby championship

The Austin Huns not only locked down their first national club rugby championship late Saturday in Glendale, Ariz., but they pulled it off with maximum flair. Trailing the traditional powerhouse New York Athletic Club 23-20 with only minutes left in the U.S. Division I men’s finals, the Huns made one final charge to take the lead and wrap up a 27-23 victory. Former All-American and U.S. Eagles...
Express’ Jurickson Profar trying to battle back to Rangers

Express’ Jurickson Profar trying to battle back to Rangers

When Jurickson Profar pulled into Dell Diamond in 2013, the hype couldn’t have been much bigger. The toolsy 20-year-old shortstop from the Caribbean island of Curacao was the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball, a player who in September 2012 became the second-youngest in major league history to belt a home run in his first at-bat. The world was there for the taking. But after a promising 2013...

Robinson, Beck lead Round Rock to win over New Orleans

Drew Robinson hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and Preston Beck had two doubles and scored two runs as the Round Rock Express defeated the New Orleans Baby Cakes 4-2 on Saturday at Dell Diamond. Tyler Wagner got Steve Lombardozzi to fly out with runners on first and third to end the game for his second save of the season. Wagner pitched three innings and allowed two hits while striking out...
Express pull out win before rainstorm halts game

Express pull out win before rainstorm halts game

Their timing couldn’t have been better Friday night. The Round Rock Express broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run sixth inning, just before the heavens opened up in the seventh with an intense thunderstorm that dumped several inches of rain on Dell Diamond. That deluge was plenty for the umpires to call it a night, giving the Express a 6-3 win. Any game past 5½ innings is official. Round Rock...
Austin Huns aim to tame New York in U.S. rugby final

Austin Huns aim to tame New York in U.S. rugby final

The Austin Huns are in Colorado this weekend chasing their first national rugby club championship. The Huns will be the underdog against traditional power New York Athletic Club on Saturday night in the Denver suburb of Glendale. The match will start at 8 p.m. Central time and will be broadcast live on the Rugby Channel. There will be an Austin watch party at Nasty’s, 606 Maiden Lane. While...

Robinson’s homer leads Round Rock to win over New Orleans

Drew Robinson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 3-2 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Thursday at Dell Diamond. Preston Claiborne got Tomas Telis to ground out with runners on second and third to end the game for his eighth save of the season. The home run by Robinson scored Preston Beck and was the game’s last scoring play. New Orleans went...
Express to get a big gun back for home series

Express to get a big gun back for home series

When Will Middlebrooks was last seen in a Round Rock Express uniform, the native Texan was crushing it. Middlebrooks was batting .313 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in his first 12 games, making a powerful case for a call-up by the Texas Rangers. Then on April 17 in Iowa he was hit by a pitch and broke his left hand. About 6½ weeks later, the third baseman for the 2013 Boston Red Sox World...

Round Rock scores shutout win over Omaha on the road

Clayton Blackburn, Anthony Bass and Preston Claiborne combined for a shutout as the Round Rock Express beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 2-0 on Tuesday in Papillion, Neb. Claiborne got Ruben Sosa to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his seventh save of the season. Bass (1-0) went four scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out three to get the win. Christian Binford...

Omaha hands Round Rock 10-8 defeat

Dean Anna hit a run-scoring single to spark a four-run sixth inning as the Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Round Rock Express 10-8 in a Pacific Coast League game Monday at Papillion, Neb. Al Alburquerque got Jurickson Profar to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season. The single by Anna started the scoring and gave the Storm Chasers a 7-6 lead. Later in the inning...

PCL: Garcia, O’Hearn spur Omaha to 7-5 win over Round Rock

Ryan O’Hearn homered and had three hits, and Onelki Garcia allowed just two hits over five innings as the Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Round Rock Express 7-5 Sunday in a Pacific Coast League game at Papillion, Neb. Round Rock had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but Cesar Puello flied out to end the game. Garcia (1-0) got the win, striking out three and walking two while...

Six-game Express winning streak snapped by Omaha

Garin Cecchini had three hits and scored two runs, and Luke Farrell allowed just three hits over seven innings as the Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Round Rock Express 10-0 on Saturday in Papillion, Neb. Farrell (5-2) picked up the win after he struck out eight and walked one. In the bottom of the first, Omaha grabbed the lead on a sacrifice fly by Raul Mondesi that scored Billy Burns. Burns scored...

Snider leads Round Rock to win over Las Vegas

Travis Snider doubled three times as the Round Rock Express beat the Las Vegas 51s 7-3 on Friday at Dell Diamond. With the victory, the Express swept the four-game series. It’s their first series sweep of the season. That makes it two straight series wins and a 7-1 homestand which followed up a 2-6 road trip. With the game tied 1-1, the Express took the lead for good with six runs in the second...

Martinson’s homer leads Round Rock to win over Las Vegas

Jason Martinson hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 6-4 win over the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday at Dell Diamond. The win clinches the series for Round Rock (22-26), its second in a row following a win over Salt Lake. The home run by Martinson scored Jurickson Profar and was the game’s last scoring play. Martinson was 2-for-4 from the plate, scoring two...
Mets prized prospect Amed Rosario looks like one of MLB’s next stars

Mets prized prospect Amed Rosario looks like one of MLB’s next stars

One of the real treats in Minor League Baseball is catching a glimpse of hot prospects from visiting teams who are blazing trails to the big leagues. In recent years, Round Rock Express fans have seen a long list of blue-chippers who already are making a major-league impact, including Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Corey Seager, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Charlie Blackmon and Carlos...

Gee leads Round Rock to win over Las Vegas

Dillon Gee struck out nine hitters over six innings, leading the Round Rock Express over the Las Vegas 51s in a 3-1 win on Wednesday night at Dell Diamond. Gee (3-4) picked up the win after he walked two while allowing two hits to his former team. His nine strikeouts were a season high. Round Rock (21-26) started the scoring in the second inning. After hitting a single with two outs, Travis Snider...
In rehab start, Ross shows he might be a good fit in Rangers’ rotation

In rehab start, Ross shows he might be a good fit in Rangers’ rotation

The Texas Rangers took a $6 million gamble on Tyson Ross that might just pay off soon. When Texas signed him to a one-year deal last October, Ross — a solid starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres from 2013-15 — hadn’t been on the mound since Opening Day of 2016, sidelined by a potentially debilitating nerve injury. On Tuesday night at Dell Diamond, the 30-year-old Ross pitched...
Rangers’ Tyson Ross turns in sharp 1st outing for Express

Rangers’ Tyson Ross turns in sharp 1st outing for Express

For a guy who hadn’t pitched in an actual ballgame in nearly 14 months, Tyson Ross looked pretty smooth. The rehabbing Texas Rangers starting pitcher breezed through five scoreless innings on a rare chilly Tuesday night in late May, and the Round Rock Express clobbered Las Vegas 14-3 at Dell Diamond. The Express whacked five home runs. “I came out feeling strong tonight,” said Ross...
Profar, Marte lift Round Rock over Salt Lake 11-3

Profar, Marte lift Round Rock over Salt Lake 11-3

Jurickson Profar doubled twice and singled twice, driving in four runs as the Round Rock Express defeated the Salt Lake Bees 11-3 Monday at Dell Diamond. The victory marked the Express’ third in their last four and first series win since taking three of four against in a series against the Iowa Cubs April 22-25. Luis Marte fell a home run shy of the cycle with three RBIs for Round Rock (19-26)...

Olympians Dalhausser, Ross on winning teams in pro beach volleyball

The final day of the AVP Austin Open pro beach volleyball tournament saw two fan favorites take home championships as Olympic medalists Phil Dalhausser and April Ross won with their teams Sunday. The victory brought Dalhausser and teammate Nick Lucena full circle, with their first win in an AVP tournament coming in 2005, the last time the AVP tour stopped in Austin. “Back then, we were just...

PCL: Webster pitches Express past Bees 5-0

Round Rock right-hander Allen Webster scattered four hits over seven shutout innings in his best start of the season as the Express blanked the Salt Lake Bees 5-0 Sunday afternoon in a Pacific Coast League game at Dell Diamond. Jurickson Profar had a pair of RBIs and former Texas Longhorn Drew Stubbs had two hits and an RBI to back Webster, who improved his record to 3-3. Brett Nicholas also drove...

Eighth inning dooms Express in loss to Salt Lake

A four-run eighth inning for the Salt Lake Bees proved to be the difference in the game as they topped the Round Rock Express 8-4 at Dell Diamond Saturday night. Rey Navarro was 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Eric Young Jr. was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Young had a double and triple in the game for Salt Lake. Justin Miller (4-1) picked up the win, allowing no runs and striking out...
Olympians starring in pro beach volleyball

Olympians starring in pro beach volleyball

Two former Olympic medalists advanced to the semifinals after the second day of the AVP Austin Open pro beach volleyball tournament Saturday at the Krieg softball complex, while another had a chance to make it with a win in a fourth match on Saturday night. Phil Dalhauseer and Nick Lucena, the No. 1-seeded team for the men’s bracket, won both their matches in two sets, 21-11, 21-12 against Derek...

Gee, Robinson carry Round Rock to win over Salt Lake

The Round Rock Express opened their series against the Salt Lake Bees with an 8-0 win at Dell Diamond Friday night. Drew Robinson had two hits and scored three runs, and Dillon Gee allowed just one hit over 7 2/3 innings. Gee (2-4) picked up the win after he struck out four and walked two. Drew Stubbs had a big night in his first game at Dell Diamond this year. He was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a...
Austin Huns gear for national club rugby tournament

Austin Huns gear for national club rugby tournament

The Austin Huns, moving up into Major League Rugby in 2018, first have some business to attend to on the semipro level. They will compete in the national club tournament this weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Austin will meet San Francisco Golden Gate in a men’s Division I quarterfinal Saturday at 6 p.m. The survivor will advance to a Sunday semifinal at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of Belmont Shore...
Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman hits stride in Round Rock

Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman hits stride in Round Rock

Smiling comes easily to Ronald Guzman, the good-natured top prospect on the Round Rock Express. Hitting can be difficult, even if it’s been a piece of cake this year. The 22-year-old Dominican is batting .320 and looks like the Texas Rangers’ first baseman of the future, but Guzman wasn’t a natural growing up. “When I started playing Little League, I was like 6, and I wasn&rsquo...
Express return to town after ragged road trip

Express return to town after ragged road trip

The Round Rock Express limp home after a 2-6 trip that concluded Thursday with a 14-4 blowout loss to the Reno Aces. Round Rock (16-25) begin an eight-game homestand Friday night at Dell Diamond, the first four against the Salt Lake Bees. The Express were outscored 63-29 at Tacoma and Reno and lost Jared Hoying along the way as the center fielder was promoted to the Rangers. They do return with recently...

Round Rock Express end losing streak with extra-innings win

The Round Rock Express scored four runs in the tenth inning to end a four-game losing streak as they defeated Reno 10-6 on the road Wednesday night. An error by Ildemaro Vargas in the top of the tenth allowed Drew Stubbs to score the winning run. Preston Beck hit a two-run single before Luis Marte drove in another run to pad the Express (16-24) lead later in the inning. Beck finished the game 2-for-5...
More Area Pro Teams Stories