The Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs showed that they are more than an expansion team as they expanded their win streak to eight games Sunday night with a 6-5 win against the Texarkana Gunslingers.
The win extended Corpus Christi's lead in the Continental Baseball League, giving them a two-game lead in the standings.
The Beach Dawgs have been undefeated at home since the season started three weeks ago, contributing to the team's lead in the standings.
"We're fortunate to be getting the breaks so far," said Beach Dawg second baseman Tyler Kmetko. "It's always fun to win. We've had good pitching and we've been able to come up in clutch situations and get the big hit when we need it."
Base running was a major factor in Corpus Christi's win Sunday as the Beach Dawgs stole a season-high five bases, all coming from Kmetko and centerfielder Pedro Catala.
"We like to go out there and cause some havoc on the bases," Kmetko said.
Kmetko stole two bases, both in the first inning, while Catala stole three.
The Beach Dawgs struggled out of the gate as the Gunslingers got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Corpus Christi starter Daniel Chafferdet allowed Texarkana second baseman Brandon Rubenstein on base with a walk as right fielder Anthony Edwards stepped up to the plate.
Edwards knocked an RBI stand-up triple to left center field that brought Rubenstein in for the first run of the game.
With one out and Edwards at third, Gunslinger third baseman Gene Crimoli hit a routine 6-3 groundout, but not without Edwards crossing home for the 2-0 lead.
At 2-1 in the bottom of the third, the Beach Dawgs were able to bounce back and take a 3-2 lead.
With runners at second and third base, third baseman Brad Coleman hit an RBI-single to left field that brought Catala in to tie the game.
Kmetko scored on an RBI-single to right field from right fielder Josh Morgan, putting Corpus Christi ahead 3-2.
But Texarkana would not give in and regained the lead in the top of the fourth.
With nobody out and runners at second and third base, designated hitter Joey Morelli hit an RBI-single, bringing Edwards in to tie the game.
The Gunslingers had one out with runners at second and third for first baseman Frank Quintana. His sacrifice fly to Catala brought in Crimoli from third, giving Texarkana a 4-3 lead. But Catala's throw to Coleman got Morelli out at third for the 8-5 double play.
The bottom of the sixth proved to Texarkana that the Beach Dawgs were not planning to concede.
Newcomer Carlos Hung's first pitch from Gunslinger reliever Brendan Kelly resulted in an RBI-double that brought Morgan in to tie the game.
Next up to bat, with nobody out, was catcher Joey Jacobo, who knocked a two-run triple to left center field that brought in first baseman Nick Shay and Hung and helped seal the victory for Corpus Christi.
"It wasn't just me by myself, it was the whole team," Jacobo said. "Without (Shay and Hung) being on base, it wouldn't have happened."
The Beach Dawgs will try to go 9-0 at home tonight as the Bay Area Toros make their second trip to Fairgrounds Field to open a four-game series against Corpus Christi.