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Winning Streak Goes to 7 Games

Winning Streak Goes to 7 Games imagePosted: 4/25/2007 11:31:00 AM

Tacoma, WA & Centralia, WA - Justin Thornton homered twice over the weekend, as Tacoma extended its winning streak to 7 games with a 3-game sweep of Centralia. The Titans took down the Blazers by scores of 7-1, 9-2, and 6-4 respectively.

Tacoma struck early in Game 1 as Todd Muecklisch and Allan Bennett both scored in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Titans dealt the big blow 3 innings later when they exploded for 5 hits and 4 runs, the last two coming courtesy of Danny Myers' 2-run double, plating Thornton and Muecklisch.

That was more than enough offense for starting pitcher Jesse Nunley. The sturdy right-hander from Orting kept the Centralia hitters at bay all game long, allowing just 1 unearned run and 5 hits in 5 innings of work.

TCC came out firing again in Game 2, as Chris Steiner fought off 7 2-strike pitches before dropping a base hit into left field for a 2-RBI single to score Thornton and Muecklisch. 2 more runs came the very next inning when Jake Valentine led off the inning with a walk, then promptly stole second base before coming home on Jesse Stokke's triple. Stokke sprinted home right behind Valentine as the throw from the outfield got away.

Centralia answered back off of starter Keith Young in their half of the 3rd with two runs off Tacoma errors, but that was it for their offense on the day. Young's line for the game was 6 IP, 0 ER, and just 5 hits.

Tacoma however, was not finished scoring runs, and they struck hard again in the bottom of the 6th. Ty Drake tripled to lead off the inning, scampering home on a Stokke single. The death blow, though, was Thornton's 3rd homerun of the year, this one a 3-run shot to deep right field.

On Sunday, the Titans traveled down to Centralia to complete the weekend series. Sophomore ace Dan Cox got the start on the mound and delivered 5 shutout innings, along with only 2 hits. The Tacoma offense jumped out to a commanding 6-0 margin after 4 innings, but failed to plate any more runs from that point on. While the bullpen made it close, they held on in the end for a 6-4 victory.

Thornton was again a star at the plate, slamming his team-leading 4th homerun of the season in the top of the 4th inning.

Tacoma (8-5 in conference) now stands tied with Green River for 2nd place in the Western Division. The Titans travel to Mt Tahoma HS this Saturday to take on rival Pierce College, then return home on Sunday for a doubleheader matchup with division-leading Lower Columbia. First pitch on both days is slated for 1pm.

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