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While Off From Division Play, Titans Win Series Against Skagit Valley

While Off From Division Play, Titans Win Series Against Skagit Valley imagePosted: 4/17/2012 8:42:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - As the bye week in West Division play arrived, TCC took on North Division opponent Skagit Valley College in a 4 game series. The Titans split games 1 and 2 on Friday, April 13th at Minnitti Field, but swept games 3 and 4 in Mt. Vernon to win the series.

In the 1st game of the series, TCC received a strong performance from freshman pitcher Tim Dean. Dean lasted 8.2 innings, only allowing 4 hits with 0 runs , to go with 5k’s in the process. JJ Nazzaro stayed hot in the lead off roll going 1-1 with 4 walks and scored 2 of Tacoma’s 4 runs in the game and Stephan Adams contributed 2 hits as well. The Titan infield helped Dean 4 times during the 9 inning affair with inning ending double plays. Reliever Ryan Skoubo came in to get the final out of the game and recorded his 2nd save of the season. Tacoma took game 1 by a score of 4-0, behind timely hitting, great defense and pitching.

The 2nd game of the day was a different story for the Titans. Starting pitcher Tayler Saucedo lasted only 2/3 of an inning, allowing 3 runs, having to leave the inning due to an injury. Jeff Larabee came in relief and did everything he could to keep the Titans in the game, going 6.1 innings allowing 3 hits and just 1 run, which was unearned. The Titans would get on the board with 1 run in the opening inning, but would not be able do much more than that the rest of the game. Although TCC drew 6 walks, the Titan hitters still only managed 3 hits and stranded 10 runners on base in the 7 inning game. They loaded the bases in the 6th inning, but could not push any runs across. TCC lost game 2, 4-1, splitting the doubleheader. With the TCC Athletic Hall of Fame and Auction on Saturday, both teams took that day off. Shannon Hinkle, who played for TCC(90-91) and returned to coach for a few years, was one of the inductees into the Hall of Fame this year. Shannon’s oldest son, Marcus Hinkle, is also a Sophomore Shortstop and Team Caption for the Titans this year.

Sunday’s doubleheader at Dream Field in Mt. Vernon started out with an amazing performance by TCC’s Matt Bell in Game 1. Bell went a complete game 7 inning, allowing 0 hits and walking 0. Bell hit the 1st batter of the 6th inning, losing theperfect game, but Bell battled hard and kept the no-hitter intact. Bell faced 22 batters in the 7 innings and struck out 4. Tacoma’s offence scattered 5 hits and were able to fight one run across in the top of the 4th. Jordan Woodring reached base on an error and Ben Circeo came up with a 2 out RBI double to score the only run of the game. Catcher Chad Michaud caught a great game with Bell and also had 2 of TCC’s hits. The Titans won the 1st game of the day 1-0.

In the last game of the series, TCC got on the board in the 1st inning when Seth Heck, who singled earlier, scored on a 2 out RBI double by Stephan Adams. Skagit would score in back to back innings to take 2-1 lead after 4 innings. In the top of the 5th, a Marcus Hinkle walk and Nazzaro single got the inning going with no outs. Both would later score putting TCC back up by a score of 3-2. Starting pitcher Garrett Picha, threw a quality game, going 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned. Picha’s 3rd allowed run came in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game 3-3. Lukas Hinton came in from the bullpen and allowed 2 unearned runs on a couple errors to allow Skagit to take a 5-3 lead going into the last inning. Down to their final 3 outs and needing 2 runs to tie it up, TCC stayed motivated. Skagit’s new pitcher from the bullpen came in and walked the 1st 2 Titan hitters and allowed a single to load the bases with no outs. After Garrett DeGallier hit into a double play, scoring Hinkle, the Titans were down to their final out with the tying run on 3rd base. TCC RBI leader, Stephan Adams, would step to the plate and add to his total with a 2-out RBI single to tie the game up 5-5 and send the game into extra innings. The Titans brought in left hander Ryan Skoubo from the bullpen. TCC would have the go ahead run on on 3rd base 2 innings in a row during extra’s, but fail to score. TCC would also dodge a couple bullets as Skagit was unable to score with runners on base also. In the 12th inning and the go ahead again on 3rd, the Titans went to the bench and received a pinch hit double by Davis Alderman, his 1st hit of the year, to give the Titans a 6-5 lead. Skoubo would finish the game retiring all 3 Skagit hitters in a row for the Titan win. Skoubo went 4 innings allowing no runs and only 1 hit to earn his 1st collegiate win. Seth Heck lead the Titans with 4 hits and several great defensive plays. DeGallier, Adams and Cochran also had two hits apiece.

“Did we play our best this weekend, no. But we did win a series against an opponent that should be in the playoffs at the end of the year and that’s how we need to look at it,” stated Head Coach Ryan Mummert after the weekend series win against Skagit Valley College. “I have to give our guys credit for battling in that last game. We could have quit and given up, but these guys battled and found a way to win. Again we are making too many mistakes and not playing our best, but I look forward to how we will play when we clean that stuff up. “

TCC(19-6) takes on Greys Harbor next weekend as the Titans get back to West Division play.

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