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Titans Race to First Place

Titans Race to First Place imagePosted: 4/11/2008 10:04:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - Snow is not what baseball coaches want to see in late March, but good baseball and sunshine are. The Tacoma Titans got all three in a four day stretch this past week, including a sweep of rival Green River to open conference play 3-0, taking sole possession of first place in the Western Division. Saturday's scheduled doubleheader with Green River was postponed to Monday due to snowfall in Tacoma. On Sunday, the skies cleared and the sun made a much-ballyhooed appearance, as did the right arm of Tacoma's sophomore ace Jesse Nunley.

Game 1 (TCC 4 - GR 0): Nunley and Green River starter Christian Scholl staged an epic battle all afternoon long, with TCC eventually manufacturing a run in the 7th inning. Sophomore 2nd baseman Danny Myers blasted a leadoff triple off the wall and slid home safely two batters later when Anthony Dallosto grounded to shortstop. The Titans would tack on three insurance runs in the 9th, two of which came courtesy of a Will McKenney double. Nunley allowed only two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work, before yielding to Christian Faria, who picked up his first save of the season. McKenney was 2-4 with 2 RBI on the game.

Game 2 (TCC 8 - GR 7): On Monday the teams reconvened at TCC's Minnitti Field to make up the first of the two games lost due to weather on Saturday. Green River jumped out to an early 2-0 after the first inning. Titan starter Blake Webster then settled down nicely and held the Gators in check for the next five innings. Tacoma rallied back with one run in the 2nd, and two more in the 3rd. Sophomore Jesse Stokke homered in the 5th to push the lead to 4-2. The Titans seemingly blew the game open the very next inning on a three-run bomb from Alex Seymour. The sophomore first baseman tallied four RBI on the day. TCC added an insurance run in the 7th on a Seymour sacrifice fly. Green River battled back to make it very interesting in the 9th, with a 1-out homerun by Ryan Voelkel to close the gap to 8-7. Freshman lefthander Erik Hoium came in and struck out two of the three batters he faced though to seal the win. Allan Bennett, Jesse Stokke, and Danny Myers all had three hits in the game.

Game 3 (TCC 4 - GR 2): Tuesday wrapped up the opening series between the Gators and Titans, and it was every bit as exciting as the first two. Green River opened up with a run in the 1st off of Tacoma starting pitcher Patrick Meisenheimer. Meisenheimer, a freshman from Kent, WA, was getting just his second start of the year, and got into trouble by walking the first batter of the game, who would come around to score two batters later. He would recover nicely though, posting 6 1/3 innings total and allowing just two runs on five hits to earn his second win of the season. His offensive teammates answered right back for him in the bottom of the 1st with three runs of their own. Bennett led off with a walk and then promptly stole his 12th base of the year. Stokke then executed a perfect drag bunt for a hit, putting runners at first and third. Justin Thornton followed with a single up the middle to drive home Bennett. Myers reached on a fielder's choice, followed by a Seymour walk. Dallosto then once again came through in the clutch, delivering a 2-RBI base hit. He is now hitting a staggering .847 with runners in scoring position on the season. The Titans put up another run in the 3rd, thanks to a Seymour sacrifice fly. Faria came on in the 7th to record his 2nd save of the season.

Tacoma is now 3-0 in league (8-11 overall), and in sole possession of first place, one game up on both Lower Columbia and Grays Harbor. The Titans host Lower Columbia on Saturday at Minnitti Field for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm. They will then travel to Longview to face the Red Devils on Sunday for a single 9-inning game.

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