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Tacoma Sweeps Green River and Grays Harbor

Posted: 4/18/2007 12:12:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - Tacoma stormed back into the Western Division playoff race this past weekend by sweeping both Green River and Grays Harbor, two games apiece. On Sunday, the Titans took down the Gators 3-1, and 12-4. On Monday, TCC also claimed both games, beating the Chokers of Grays Harbor 5-2, and 10-6. The four game sweep put Tacoma at 5-5 in conference play, and in 3rd place in the division.

Freshman hurler Jesse Nunley got things off to a good start on Sunday by holding Green River to 1 run on just two hits. The right-hander from Orting, WA tossed his 3rd complete game of the season. "Jesse has been a very pleasant surprise for us on the mound this year," said Head Coach Donegal Fergus. "He had been battling some arm fatigue lately so we held him out of his last scheduled start, and it looks like he's back in form. He looked very good today against a very talented Gator lineup."

Offensively, the Titans were led by left-fielder Jesse Stokke. The freshman from Kentlake HS collected 4 of the 6 Tacoma hits. Coach Fergus on Stokke, "I played with the batting order a bit today and inserted Jesse into the leadoff spot to see if we could jumpstart our offense and whaddya know - it worked. Jesse's really swung the bat well lately and he carried us at the plate today. He's a great kid and so positive - he's a great influence on the rest of the guys."

Game 2 didn't start out so great for TCC, but in the end, a tough sophomore came through in the clutch and delivered perhaps his best performance of his career. Keith Young gave up a 2-run homerun in the 1st inning, but answered right back in the bottom half of the inning with a 3-run bomb of his own. He then went on to rack up 12 Ks in 7 1/3 innings on the mound. "Keith was the story today - no question. We had to slug it out this game and Keith made it stand up by limiting Green River's scoring opportunities. He scattered those hits out pretty good and limited their run production. Great job by him today." - Coach Fergus.

Monday's action was a reschedule for Saturday's games which were rained out in Aberdeen. Both teams agreed to move the site to Tacoma and flip-flop the home and away dates later in the schedule. The Titans will now travel to Grays Harbor on Friday, May 4th for a single 9 inning game, starting at 5pm at Pioneer Park, then return to Aberdeen on Sunday, May 6th, for a doubleheader at 1pm.

Hawaii Pacific-bound sophomore Dan Cox got the starting nod in the first game on Monday, and promptly delivered one of his better performances of the year, going 6 1/3 innings, and allowing just 2 runs. Closer BA Garner came on in the 7th to close it out for his 4th save of the year. Freshman first baseman Danny Myers provided the big blow for the Titans in the 5th inning, when he launched his first homerun of the season over the left field wall.

A quartet of Tacoma pitchers collaborated on a hard-fought 10-6 victory in the nightcap. Jacob Rose, Brandon Wiese, Jake Valentine, and Garner all pitched in to stymie the Choker bats just enough to complete the weekend sweep. The Titan bats were uncharacteristically booming, with three TCC hitters going deep. Valentine, Justin Thornton, and Diego Robles all hammered big flies en-route to a 10-run outburst. "We played pretty well today, especially offensively in the second game," said Coach Fergus. "3 homeruns is not necessarily what you expect out of our lineup but I'll take it. Cox was nails on the mound in the first game and our staff did what they needed to in the second game to get us a win. We've won four straight now and I think our guys are feeling better about themselves. Hopefully we can continue this trend."

Tacoma returns to action at home this Saturday for a doubleheader against Centralia at 1pm. The Titans then travel to Centralia on Sunday for the 3rd game in the series.

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