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After A Strong Opening Weekend, Titans Struggle

After A Strong Opening Weekend, Titans Struggle imagePosted: 3/26/2012 10:57:00 PM

The TCC Titans, coming off a 4-0 start in the opening weekend, struggled all weekend as they took on the Olympic Rangers and the Bellevue Bulldogs. “This was a tough weekend for us. We played so well a week ago it’s disappointing to come out the way we did this weekend,” stated Head Coach Ryan Mummert. “The good thing is this is still pre-season. Hopefully we can learn from this and we will get back to work.”

The Titans battled weather conditions and field changes on Saturday, as well as the Rangers as they struggled to score runs in Game 1. Jeff Larabee got the start and couldn’t get out of the second inning while giving up 7 hits and 7 runs. Ryan Skoubo came in and helped keep the damage to a minimum going 4.2 while giving up 4 hits with 2 earned runs.

Offensively TCC totaled only 6 hits off Olympics Allen Hewey, who had a complete game performance. JJ Nazzaro led the game off with double and also had a single in the 4th inning. Trey Cochran went 2-2 with a walk and double. Tacoma struggled to get clutch 2 out hits to get some runs across the plate. Game 1 ended with the Rangers winning 10-0.

Game 2 against Olympic, was a hard fought game on both sides. Freshman Tayler Saucedo went 4 1/3 innings giving up 2 runs and kept the game close. TCC fell behind 1-0 in the 4th inning, but the Titans responded by putting up 4 runs in the top of the 5th inning. Tacoma’s bullpen took over for Saucedo and the Rangers got a few timely hits to retake the lead 5-4 after 6 innings.

In this 7 inning game, the Titans added runners on 2nd and 3rd in the top of the 7th with 2 outs and a chance to take the lead. Pinch hitter Garrett DeGallier singled a 2-2 pitch through the 4 hole, scoring 2 runs and giving TCC the lead 6-5.

Tim Dean came in for the save. Dean got the leadoff hitter for out #1. After a base hit to the second batter, Dean took the 3rd to a 2-2 count. The batter chased a ball in the dirt for the 2nd out and as the base runner attempted to advance to 2nd base, catcher Jake Ross threw a strike to get the runner for the 3rd out, giving the Titans the win. Seth Heck and Jordon Woodring each had 3 hits apiece.

After a split against Olympic it didn’t get easier on Sunday against Bellevue. Game 1 matched aces for both teams going head to head, with Adrian Sampson of BC, against Tacoma’s ace Matt Bell. Bellevue got on the board 1st in the 4th inning with 2 out RBI. The Titans would answer in the 7th to tie it at 1-1 with a Seth Heck RBI single.

Another RBI single for Bellevue in the bottom of the 7th pushed the lead to 2-1 and that’s all the Bulldogs would need in this pitching duel. Both starting pitchers went 7 strong innings. Bell allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 4 hitters. Game 2 against Bellevue was the opposite of a pitching duel while Garrett Picha struggled in his second start of the season.

The Bulldogs pounded out 18 hits and scored six runs in the 1st 3 inning and Picha only lasted 3 innings allowing 6 runs 3 of which were unearned. The Titans defense didn’t help anything either while compiling 6 errors during the game.

The Titan offense tallied 12 hits but had too much ground to make up. Seth Heck, Erich Armstrong, and Jordon Woodring each had 3 hits each.

The Titans next match teams up with Pierce to play host to Bellevue, Lane, Everett and SW Oregon for the TCC/PC Spring Invite.

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