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TCC Baseball Wins TCC/PC Spring Invite Tournament for 2nd Year In A Row

TCC Baseball Wins TCC/PC Spring Invite Tournament for 2nd Year In A Row imagePosted: 3/28/2013 9:21:00 PM

Tacoma, WA- The Titans had its first full weekend at home, hosting the TCC-PIC Spring invite. The tournament included four of the top eight ranked teams in the NWAACC, Everett #1, Bellevue #3, Tacoma #6, and Pierce #8. Also invited were Southwest Oregon CC and Lane CC. Last year your Titans won the invite with a record of (3-0-1). This year would be no different with the Titans taking all four games to win the invite for the second straight year.

Game one saw the Titans taking on third ranked Bellevue early in the morning on Saturday. Buck Hale got the start for the Titans, making it his third start of the year. Hale came out strong, shutting down Bellevue for the first four frames with little trouble. The Titans offense came alive in the second inning with doubles from Chad Michaud and Joe Greaney to give the Titans a 2-0 lead. Bellevue would finally get to Hale in the fifth with some timely hitting to scrape a run across. However, the Titans would answer back in the bottom half of the fifth with another two run inning thanks to Ben Circeo's two run, two out single up the middle. That would be all the Titans would need to cap the victory. Titan's closer, Brandon Choate came on in the seventh and would surrender one run in three innings to get the save. The Titans would take the game 4-2.

Game two was a clash of the Titans, pitting your Tacoma Titans vs. the Lane Titans. The offense was lead by freshmen Jon Reece, who would tally three RBI's on the day. Mitch McQueen would get the start for the Titans and surrender just two runs over seven innings while striking out eight. The Titan hitters stayed patient throughout the game racking up eight walks and bumping the Lane starting pitcher out after only four innings. The Titans scored three runs in the eighth inning thanks in large part to a throwing error by Lane allowing the inning to continue. Relievers Ryota Kiowai and Chad Michaud would close out the final inning and two thirds for the Titans to seal the victory 5-2.
Sunday morning's game for the Titans was against another Oregon foe in Southwest Oregon CC. Lefthander Joey Gamache was on the mound for the Titans for his second start of the season. After battling through a tough top half of the first, the Titan offense would take an early lead in the bottom of the second. The Titans would get hits from Ben Circeo and Connor Cloyd to take a quick 2-0 lead. Gamache would hold SWOCC scoreless until the fourth inning after giving up a walk, a hit and a sacrifice fly. The offense would come alive in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring eleven runs on eight hits and a couple errors. This would be enough for the Titans to cruise to a whopping 14-4 victory in a shorted run rule game. Garrett DeGallier, Jonathan Reece and Connor Cloyd would all collect two hits apiece.

The final game for the Titans would end up being the championship game for the TCC/PIC Spring Invite as both Tacoma and Everett were undefeated coming into the game. Lukas Hinton would take the hill for the Titans in a pitcher's duel vs. Everett starter Alex Koeplin. Back and forth through four innings the game would be held scoreless until Everett's offense finally broke through in the fifth on a two out two run line drive just out of the reach of right fielder Garret DeGallier. Hinton would go seven innings and hold the NWAACC's top offense to just two runs on five hits. Through eight innings, the Titan offense would not break through on the runs column. In the bottom of the ninth with one out outfielder JJ Pino lashed a double in the right center gap to spark the Titan offense. However, the thunder would come when pinch hitter Jake Ross would step to the plate. With a (1-1) count Ross would send a ball over the scoreboard at Minnitti Field to tie the game at 2-2. Everett would bring on their closer Mitch Viydo to try and settle the storm the Titans had conjured up. After a Joe Greaney double and single by pinch hitter Evan Peterson, second baseman CJ Hicks stepped to the plate. On a first pitch fastball from Viydo, Hicks sent a deep drivr to right field landing on the warning track and to score Greaney from second for the walk off win. The Titans would go 4-0 on the weekend and become back to back TCC/PC Spring Invite champions.

"This was a great test for our guys. To go 4-0 on the weekend against this quality of opponents, is a good step for us" said Head Coach Ryan Mummert. "Hopefully we will use this as momentum to get ready for a tough conference opener against Pierce next weekend."

Weekend Results: Tacoma 4-0, Everett 3-1, Pierce 2-2, Bellevue 2-2, Lane 1-3, SW Oregon 0-4

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