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09/11/2006 11:34 PM ET
Hot-hitting Hooks strike first in Texas Finals
Young, Pence plate four runs apiece in 11-5 rout of Wranglers
Hunter Pence and Walter Young plated eight runs in the Hooks' series-opening victory. (Tom Clifton/MLB.com)

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Walter Young and Hunter Pence had three hits and four RBIs apiece as visiting Corpus Christi defeated Wichita, 11-5, in Game 1 of the Texas League Championship on Monday.

Young had a run-scoring base hit in the first inning, highlighted a four-run second with a two-run single and added an RBI single in a five-run seventh.

Pence had an RBI single in the second, a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh. The 23-year-old right fielder hit .283 with 28 homers and 95 RBIs.

Corpus Christi pounded out 14 hits and batted around in the second and seventh. Tike Redman had three hits, including an RBI single in the second, and scored three runs. Osvaldo Fernando went 2-for-4.

Hooks starter Juan Gutierrez (2-0) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three in six innings. The 23-year-old right-hander went 2-0 against the Wranglers in the regular season, allowing nine hits with 15 strikeouts in 16 scoreless innings.

Joshua Muecke gave up two runs in the seventh before David Rollandini tossed two scoreless innings.

Wichita's Dee Brown went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring single in the seventh. In the fourth, Mitch Maier smacked a two-run homer and Billy Butler, who led the Texas League with a .331 average, slapped an RBI single in the seventh.

The league's 2006 Player of the Year, Alex Gordon, went 1-for-3 with two runs and two walks.

Wichita starter Zack Greinke (0-1) surrendered six runs on 12 hits and two walks in six innings. Neal Musser retired two batters in the seventh and was charged with four runs on three walks. Jarod Plummer failed to record an out in the seventh and yielded a run on two hits and a walk.

The best-of-5 series resumes in Wichita at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Marc Jimenez is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.