Prep Baseball: Titus-Will Edges Chehalis for Brian Cox Title
By The Chronicle
The Centralia summer baseball program ran the table at the Brian Cox Memorial Tournament this weekend in order to claim the championship over their Twin City rivals.
Titus-Will was able to edge the I-5 Renegades 5-4 in the title game on Sunday thanks in part to an awesome effort from Joey Unger on the mound. Unger pitched all seven innings for Centralia with nine strikeouts and just one walk. The defense played their part, as well, with an error free game. On the flip side the Centralia offense was able to rattle off their five runs on six hits.
“(The) difference in the game was taking advantage of miscues and Joey throwing strikes and playing solid defense,” noted Titus-Will coach Rex Ashmore. “Both teams were obviously limited with their pitching and thankfully Joey was able to finish as the only kids we had left hadn’t pitched for us all year.”
After taking care of business on the diamond on Friday and Saturday Titus-Will got off on the right foot with a 4-2 win over Rochester on Sunday morning thanks to a rich mix of 12 hits and just one error. Zack Rone, Sawyer Kassell, and Benito Valencia each had two hits in the game for the winners. Valencia also handled pitching duties for Centralia through the fifth inning and Kyus Mano closed the game out. Rochester was held to just seven hits in the game. Mano ended the game with a dramatic strikeout on a 3-2 count while the Warriors were threatening with the bases loaded.
“Benito and Kyus did a very good job of working out of trouble inning after inning with great support from our defense,” noted Ashmore. “It was a very competitive game with a lot of squandered opportunities by both teams. Every inning both teams had opportunities to score runs and neither side came up with a big hit.”
Ashmore noted that his players have been going hard on all fronts since spring football and summer basketball are all in full swing.
“Couldn’t be more proud of our kids. We played Saturday and Sunday with the same 10 kids, some of whom were playing basketball as well and started spring football last week. (It was a) tired bunch of kids who found a way to get it done,” Ashmore said
Titus-Will (7-1) will play the I-5 Renegades on June 6 in Chehalis.
Renegades Take Second at Brian Cox Memorial Tournament
The I-5 Jeep Renegades placed second in the Brian Cox Memorial Tournament over the weekend.
Renegades kicked the tournament off with a 2-1 win over the Tenino Trappers on Friday night. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Renegades were trailing 1-0. That’s when starting pitcher Andrew Stafford helped his own cause by driving in both of his teams runs with a single. Stafford pitched a complete game to earn the victory on the mound.
The home team got back to business on Saturday with a no-hitter that helped seal a 10-0 win against Awesome Ford. Logan Moore took care of the pitching duties for the Renegades in what wound up becoming just a five inning affair. Cade Haller, Britt Lusk, and Laythan Demarest each tallied two hits in the win.
The Renegades rematched with Awesome Ford in the semifinals on Sunday and downed the car cabal 5-3. Demarest tossed all seven innings to earn the win on the mound. Haller paced the offense with three hits while Austin Johnson chipped in a pair of hits.
In the end, though, the Chehalis based Renegades were forced to give away their tournament trophy to Titus-Will of Centralia as they fell 5-4 in the title game.
Titus-Will will play host to River Ridge on Wednesday and Centralia on Thursday. Both games are set to start at 6 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium.
Wranglers Break Even at Brian Cox Memorial
It was a rough start out of the gate for Rural Baseball Inc. here at the Brian Cox Memorial Tournament over the weekend but the Wranglers managed to get right before it was all said and done.
On Friday and Saturday the Wranglers fell to Titus-Will and Rochester 12-3, and 13-3, respectively. Titus-Will held Rural Baseball to just five hits in the tournament opener. Jackson Hull, Matt Kurzeika, Mekhi Morlin, Todd Tabor, and Chase Staup each had one hit for the Wranglers. The next day Rochester was throwing a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Isiah Prue poked a single to centerfield. Chris Heikkila added the only other base knock in the contest for the Wranglers.
Sunday was a much better day for Rural Baseball as they topped Tenino 13-7 and then dropped PAC by a score of 5-4.
Mekhi Morlin earned the win against Tenino with five strikeouts scattered over four innings and 69 pitches. Jacob Douglass, Kayden Harrington, and Jesse Towns combined to finish the final three innings and secure the win. Douglass powered the Rural Baseball offense with four hits and three runs scored. Chase Staup added a pair of hits and a run and Morlin helped himself out at the plate with three hits and two runs scored. Lukis Tamburello added two hits to the Wranglers tally.
In their final contest it was Staup who stole the show with a 14-strikeout complete game effort against PAC. Still, a few miscues in the field allowed PAC to score earned runs early on. As a result Rural Baseball found themselves trailing 4-0 going into the fifth inning before they got loose for all five of their runs in a single frame. Jack Boothe and Harrington each had big hits in the inning to help put the Wranglers on top for good.
After finishing 2-2 at their season opening tournament RBI coach Jason Watson said he’s looking forward to what’s coming up around the corner for his team.
“It was a rough start but they started to gel together on Sunday and they’re really looking forward to the rest of the year,” Watson said.
The RBI Wranglers (2-3) will face the Twin City Eagles on Wednesday at Wheeler Field for a doubleheader before heading to Winlock for a pair of games with Kelso on Thursday.