, Port Arthur, Texas

Port Neches

August 13, 2006

Lamar 's Harrington named Outstanding Player at TCL Championship

Former PN-G standout throws one-hitter through 7

DENTON — Lamar University left-hander Allen Harrington was named Outstanding Player of the Texas Collegiate League Championship Series Saturday.

He struck out a record 16 batters and allowed just one hit through 7 2-3 innings to lead the McKinney Marshals to their first TCL title with a 6-0 victory over Denton.

Harrington, an all-state pitcher for Port Neches-Groves in 2004, broke the TCL record of 15 strikeouts in a game set by McKinney’s Austin Creps and Coppell’s Jess Todd.

The TCL is a wooden bat summer league for college players considered professional prospects. In its third year, the league fielded nine teams, largely in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Harrington struck out the side in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings and fanned three different Denton hitters three times apiece.

Even more impressive was that Harrington twirled the gem on three days rest. Harrington, who tossed 113 pitches, threw against Coppell in Game 1 of the Tris Speaker Division series Tuesday.

“If it’s this big of a game, you just suck it up,” Harrington said. “Two, three, four days [of rest], whatever it is, your adrenaline gets you through the game.”

McKinney swept both Coppell and Denton in best-of-three series, going 4-0 in the playoffs, and becoming the first TCL team to sweep the championship series.

Harrington, who was 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA in the TCL season, pitched McKinney to three of its four victories over Denton this season.

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