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Rain Cuts Short Walla Walla Tournament

Posted: 3/26/2007 1:55:00 PM

Walla Walla, WA - Rain washed out the final day, but it may have just been what the Tacoma Titans needed after a tough weekend of games at the Walla Walla Community College Invitational Tournament. TCC dropped 3 games to three different Eastern region teams on Friday and Saturday, struggling to minimize mistakes at crucial times during those games. Head Coach Donegal Fergus emphasized though, that his young team is still learning how to win close games and that it sometimes takes a while for inexperienced clubs to find their identity. "We have led in all but 1 of our games this year, so we obviously have the talent to compete with anybody. Our boys are just shooting themselves in the foot too often. A dropped fly ball here and an untimely walk there can really be devastating against good teams. We have played as tough a non-conference schedule as anyone in the NWAACC, so we knew going in that we would take our lumps early. We hoped it wouldn't be this rough, but this may be what it takes for our youngsters to grow up and mature as college baseball players."

Friday's matchup was a rematch against Blue Mountain CC, whom the Titans had no-hit several weeks ago, enroute to a 12-0 win. The Timberwolves got their revenge, however, by beating Tacoma 4-3. Freshman left-hander Jacob Rose absorbed the loss, despite only allowing only 3 earned runs. The Titans led for much of the game, including jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, but Blue Mountain scraped away at the lead, and finally scored the go-ahead run in the 8th inning on a very questionable 2-out balk call.

Saturday did not go much better for TCC, as it dropped the morning game to Columbia Basin 8-6, then the nightcap to Walla Walla 9-4. Freshman ace Jesse Nunley got the loss against CBC, while sophomore Dan Cox got tagged with the loss in the second game. Once again it was defensive mistakes that cost the Titans, as they handed CBC 5 unearned runs, and Walla Walla 4 unearned.

Tacoma opens up conference action this Saturday against rival Lower Columbia. Game time is set for 1 pm in Longview. The two teams return to Tacoma on Sunday, as they will continue their battle for Western Division supremacy.

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