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Baseball Takes 4-Game Series Against Centralia

Baseball Takes 4-Game Series Against Centralia imagePosted: 4/25/2013 10:51:00 AM

Tacoma, WA- The Titans were set to take on Centralia Friday and Sunday for its third consecutive conference series. However, the weather would have different ideas. Games one and two were set to take place at Tacoma on Friday, while games three and four would be on Sunday at Centralia. This was due to the Hall of Fame dinner that the Tacoma CC athletic department was holding on Saturday. Due to weather and Centralia's poor field conditions the series would drag out until Wednesday of the next week, again forcing the Titans to play conference games in the middle of the week. Game one took place at Minnitti field as did game two, however game two was played on Sunday while games three and four were both played on Wednesday at Wheeler field.

In game one southpaw Joey Gamache got the ball for the Titans. Joey continued his streak of quality starts holding the Blazers to just two runs over six innings while striking out seven. On a day that saw misty cold weather, the bats where able to warm up in the fourth and fifth innings, lead by first baseman Ben Circeo and catcher Jon Reece. Both had multi hit games while Circeo added three big runs batted in. Gamache, DH for himself in the line-up added a multi hit game and an insurance run in the fifth to give the Titans a 6-2 lead. Reliever Brandon Choate came on in the seventh inning and closed the door on the Blazers with little trouble, surrendering only one hit and one earned run over three innings while striking out three. Choate earned the save for working three innings in relief to end the game. The Titans took game one by a score of 6-3 taking their conference record to (6-3).

Game two was moved to Sunday at Minnitti Field due to poor field conditions at Wheeler field, home of the Blazers. Game two saw more offense from the Titans as the offense scored in bunches and eventually won by a run rule shortened game. Seth Heck did a lot of the heavy lifting for the offense on the day as he went (3-4) at the place with four runs batted in. Nevertheless, each Titan starter gathered at least one hit on the day as the offense would rack up fourteen hits and sprinkle in two walks in a twelve run outburst. Starting pitcher Mitch McQueen was the recipient of the offensive support, however, not needing nearing the amount that was given to him. McQueen would scatter four hits and two earned runs over six innings in a complete game effort while also striking out five. The Titans won the game handedly by a score of 12-2. This was the ninth time the offense scored ten or more runs in a game this season, last year's team had only five such games.

Game three was played on Wednesday at Wheeler field in Centralia. Freshman Buck Hale got the start for the Titans. Hale making his sixth start of the season showed why the Titans are so excited about the future of the program. With his best outing of the year, Hale went a flawless eight and one third innings pitched, submitting only four hits and two walks while striking out nine. However, leaving the game in the ninth the score was still tied at zeros, leaving Hale with nothing to show for his outing but really solid numbers, his second consecutive no decision. After having gone twelve runs in the last meeting with the Blazers the Titan offense struggled with a solid lefty for the Blazers. Jake Conover for the Blazers went eight and a third innings pitched while striking out ten Titan hitters. The game would go fourteen innings before either team could scrape a run across. Unfortunately it was not your Tacoma Titans that did the run scoring. On a two out ground ball, second baseman Evan Peterson miss played a ball up the middle with runners at first and third, allowing the runner at third to score. Choate was stuck with the loss, his second of the year. The final score of game three was (1-0) in favor of the Blazers of Centralia.

Game four also had some extra inning fun for the Titans, but this time the outcome would be a little different. Lukas Hinton made his seventh start of the season for the Titans. Hinton ran into some trouble early vs. the Blazers giving up two unearned runs in the first two innings, but settled in nicely after that to keep the score 2-0 until the Titans could scratch a few runs in the fifth and sixth innings. When the Titans did score in the fifth inning it snapped an eighteen inning scoreless streak for the Titans. The Titans scored on back to back doubles from Circeo and Johnson to make the score 2-1 followed up in the next inning by some aggressive base running from Jon Reece that got the Titans got back even at 2-2. The game wouldn't have a final score until the Titans scratched another run in the tenth inning, lead by Seth Heck singling and eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Freshman Quinn Eldridge did an outstanding job going four and a third perfect innings in relief, while striking out six to get the win. Hinton received his fourth no decision of the year keeping his record at (3-0). The final score of game four was (3-2) in favor of your Tacoma Titans bringing their conference record to (8-4).

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