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Hard Fought Weekend Ends with Big Win

Hard Fought Weekend Ends with Big Win imagePosted: 3/23/2009 1:49:00 PM

Pasco, WA - The East Region Invitational meant five games in three days for the TCC Titans this past weekend, a stretch for even the deepest pitching staffs, but certainly for Tacoma right now, who was without three of their main contributors on the mound. The run of games meant extra work for everybody on the staff and left almost no margin for error. The first four games did not end well, as the Titans could neither hold leads late nor get sufficient insurance runs when needed. TCC lost those three of those four by one run.

Sunday's game was the exception, and hopefully the future rule, as they put together a nearly complete game, checking the Columbia Basin hitters on just seven hits and two runs, while punching out fourteen. Offensively, they banged out eight hits and three runs, with timely hitting against a tough pitching staff in CBC. Not exactly a slugfest, but a hard fought win against a team that was an NWAACC-best 18-1 coming in to the game.

Freshman ace Colton Brown was dominant in getting his fourth win on the year against no losses. He allowed just one earned run through seven innings of work, while striking out eleven Hawks. Fellow freshman Jordan Staples may have won himself the job of closer with his two-inning save. He fanned three CBC hitters in his appearance.

Head Coach Donegal Fergus on the effort, "Browny and Staples did a terrific job for us. We had to play our best against one of the best teams in the NWAACC and we did, thanks in large part to the confidence our team has in these two guys. Browny showed why he has a chance to be one of the very best in the entire Northwest, and Staples is really coming into his own, and very well may be our closer from here on out. I'm really proud of our effort today. If we can play at this level more often we have a chance to be a very good team."

Sophomore catcher Matt Gomes led the Titan attack with two doubles and two RBI's on the afternoon, while freshman shortstop Ryne Briley reached base three times, including a double of his own, all while playing flawless defense on a hobbled shin.

Tacoma is back in action this Saturday at home, as they open up conference play against the Chokers of Grays Harbor. The Titans (6-5) will run out likely starters Sean Santschi and Brown against Grays Harbor (4-13). Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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