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Titans Sweep Centralia, In 1st Place In The West

Titans Sweep Centralia, In 1st Place In The West imagePosted: 5/3/2012 9:35:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - This past weekend, the TCC Titans took on the Centralia Trailblazers in a showdown of West Region opponents. The Titans won all 4 games for the weekend sweep and moved into a tie for 1st place in the West Region.

The tone in Game 1 was once again set by TCC’s ace pitcher Matt Bell. Bell was dominant throughout the whole game, getting his 3rd complete game victory of the year. Both offenses struggled to push runs across in the game, but the Titans scored the game’s only run in the in the 7th inning. Clayton Brown raced from third to home cross home plate on a Centralia wild pitch. Bell only allowed 4 hits with 5 strike outs to improve to 6-2 on the year. Tacoma won game 1 by a score of 1-0.

Game 2 of the series was once again a hard fought battle for the Titans. TCC jumped ahead on the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd inning on an RBI single by Chad Michaud. Tacoma would add 4 more runs to the lead in the 6th, with 3 hits and 2 Centralia errors to give the Titans a 5-0 lead. Erich Armstrong led the way going 3-3 with 2 runs scored and Seth Heck added 2 hits and a RBI. Catcher Chad Michaud contributed 2 RBI’s of his own. Tim Dean got the start on the mound for the Titans going 5 innings, allowing 0 runs and striking out 1 Trailblazer to improve to 7-0. Ryan Skoubo and Talon Sisley both threw scoreless innings out of the Tacoma bullpen and preserved the sweep on the day with TCC winning game 2, 5-0.

Game 3 of the series was back in Tacoma at Minnitti Field and was a long, hard fought battle, that lasted 15 innings. Garrett Picha got the start on the mound and pitched 8 strong innings for TCC. Picha only allowed 1 run in the process of striking out 8 hitters and did not give up any walks on the day. But unfortunately, the offense could not manage any runs and TCC trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the 9th. In the 9th inning needing a run to send the game to extra innings, the Titans caught a break with an error to score the run they needed. TCC and Centralia would each exchange 0’s on the scoreboard until the 13th inning when Centralia took a 2-1 lead on a wild pitch. The Titans didn’t roll over getting a bases loaded walk with 0 outs to tie the game 2-2. But with a chance to win the game, Tacoma was unable to push one more run across after a strikeout and double play ended the inning. With the bases loaded and 0 outs again in the bottom of the 15th, Seth Heck hit a sacrifice fly to score Chad Michaud and give the Titans the walk off win. JJ Nazzaro led the offense with a 3 hit day, and Michaud and Stephan Adams each had 2 hits as well. TCC’s bullpen kept the Titans in the game going a combined 7 innings and allowing only 1 run. The Sac Fly from Seth Heck gave Tacoma the win in walk off fashion, 3-2.

The final game of the series was in control by the Titans from the beginning. Nazzaro scored in 1st inning on a RBI single by Garrett DeGallier giving TCC a 1-0 lead. RBI singles by Marcus Hinkle and Brian Gustafson gave the Titans a 4-0 lead after the 4th inning. Tacoma’s pitcher Jeff Larabee went 6-2/3 innings, allowing only 1 hit with no walks. Centralia was able to get a runner on base and get one unearned run in the top of the 7th inning making Tacoma bring in Freshman Brandon Choate. Choate, only needing two pitches, collected his 1st save. The 4-1 win gave Tacoma the series sweep and 2nd series sweep in back to back weeks.

“Our pitchers were great all weekend. They really stepped up to get us this sweep. This was tough weekend for us. Even though we swept the series, Centralia made us really work for it,” explained Head Coach Ryan Mummert. “But it doesn’t matter how you get the sweep as long as you get. And our guys found a way to do that and I’m proud of them for that.

The Titans(27-6, 14-2) have now moved into a 1st place tie in the West Region and will take on Clark College next weekend.

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