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Baseball Sweeps Opening Season Series Versus Green River

Baseball Sweeps Opening  Season Series Versus Green River imagePosted: 3/3/2014 3:06:00 PM

TCC Baseball opened up their 2014 season with a 2 game sweep of Green River. With possible rain in the forecast the Titans played on the turf at Curtis HS and came out victorious by scores of 5-1 and 13-1.

In game 1, the Titans jumped ahead early lead. After a 1 out CJ Hicks triple, Jon Reece with score Hicks with an infield single giving the Titans an early 1-0 lead. Jeremy Spring would lead off the 2nd with a triple of his own, later scoring on a Will Shanahan double. Shanahan would not be stranded as a Connor Cloyd single would push the lead to 3-0. A 2 out, 2 RBI double by JJ Pino in the 3rd inning gave TCC a 5-0 lead. That's all starter Quinn Eldridge would need as he got the win. Eldridge went 5 innings, giving up only 2 hits and a lone run while striking out 4. Patrick Bernard would also strike out 4 in only 2 innings of work to seal the Titan win.

The 2nd game of the day would see more offense from Titans and right away. After the first two hitters walked, a sac bunt and throwing let Hicks to cross home plate for the 1st run. A fielder's choice allowed Cloyd to score as well giving TCC a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning. With the bases loaded in the 4th inning, the Titans would get on the board again when Hicks and Cloyd would hit back to back 2-run doubles. 1 more run would score before the inning was over extending the Titan lead to 7-0. Another Cloyd double in the 6th would plate Devin Riley, who led the inning off with a double. With 2 more runs in the 6th and another 3 in the 8th, TCC would roll to a 13-1 win. Derik Bontempo would lead the offense with 4 hits and Cloyd would add 2 to go with 3 RBI's. Both Cloyd and Hicks would score 3 runs apiece. Starting pitcher Justin Vernia earned his 1st collegate win alllowing only 3 hits and a run in 6 innings of work. Vernia also struck out 6 Gators.

"It's always nice to start the season with a pair of wins. Our guys were full of energy as they should be on opening day, but we had a good balance of emotion and just playing the game, " stated Head Coach Ryan Mummert. "I'm just glad the weather held off allowing us to play today. Overall we had a good day in all phases, but it's only 2 games and we still have a long season ahead.

The Titans' (2-0, 0-0) next match up is at home on Wednesday vs. Olympic followed by a trip East of the mountains to take on Blue Mountain and Walla Walla over the coming weekend.

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