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Tacoma Goes 3-2 at CBC Tournament

Tacoma Goes 3-2 at CBC Tournament imagePosted: 4/13/2006 8:31:11 AM

Pasco, WA - The Titans played their best baseball of the season on Saturday, dropping perennial power Columbia Basin 6-5 in 11 innings. The rest of the weekend was mostly productive as well, as they won three games and lost just two at the Columbia Basin College Tournament in Pasco, Washington. With the three wins Tacoma's record now stands at 8-5. The Titans have two final pre-season contests left before opening conference play on Saturday, April 1. On Tuesday TCC will play a double-header against Shoreline College at Minnitti Field on the TCC campus. Game time is set for 1:00pm.

TCC began the tournament with a 9-6 win over Walla Walla Community College. For the game Titan hitters collected 9 hits, with the big blows coming off the bats of sophomores Joe Stockton and Kyle Young. In the fourth inning, with TCC leading by a score of 3-1, Stockton smacked a bases loaded double to drive in two runs. Young followed with another double to drive in two more. Catcher Bryan Ruff and third baseman Ty Drake also collected RBI hits. Tacoma was also aided by six Walla Walla errors. Freshman Pitcher Daniel Cox (2-0) recorded his second win of the season with a gutsy performance, going 7 innings and surrendering only three earned runs. The Warriors did manage to score pairs of runs in the eighth and ninth innings before freshman reliever BA Garner slammed the door to record his second save of the season.

The second game of the tournament was against host Columbia Basin College, which entered the game with a record of 15-0. The contest was highlighted by outstanding pitching performances from both teams. Freshman TJ Peabody (1-1) worked a very strong six innings, allowing only one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts, while lefty Sam Bishop threw the final two innings and did not allow a hit while striking out two. Unfortunately for Tacoma the CBC pitchers were just as good on this night, as Griffin Webb and Andy Barham combined on a two hit shutout. The Titans' only safeties came in the eighth and ninth, by catcher Ryan Scott and thrid baseman Jake Valentine, respectively.

Day two of the tourney began against the Timberwolves of Blue Mountain Community College, with TCC posting a 7-3 win. Tacoma used a combination of solid pitching and strong hitting in the win while getting key contributions from a number of players. Offensively, Ty Drake and shortstop Zack Parnell were the big producers. Drake went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Parnell went 2-3 with three runs scored including his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Valentine also contributed from the designated hitter spot by scoring twice and driving in a run.

Three freshmen Titan pitchers, Robbie Carroll, David Roberts and Kent Bradshaw, combined to give up only one earned run, with Carroll (2-1) getting his second win of the season by working 5 2/3 innings in the start. Bradshaw recorded his first save of the season, working three innings of relief. The key moment on the mound came in the sixth inning with TCC leading 4-2 and Blue Mountain having the bases loaded. David Roberts entered the game and enticed BMCC third baseman Jeff Slape into a pop out to first base to end the threat.

Saturday's nightcap turned out to be the most exciting game of the tournament. CBC entered the evening sporting a 17-0 record, having beaten TCC three times already this year. The Titans showed, however, that they are indeed a burgeoning force, prevailing with a 6-5 win in 11 innings, even after surrendering leads in both the ninth and tenth innings. The star of the game was sophomore pitcher Kyle Young (1-0). He pitched 9 innings, giving up just two earned runs on 8 hits, with 9 strikeouts and only one walk. He also collected 2 hits and an RBI at the plate. Unfortunately, Young received a no decision in the contest as BA Garner (1-0) picked up the win with a very gutsy two innings of relief. He surrendered only 1 run o

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