Weekend College Baseball: Tacoma Takes Four Straight From Trailblazers

Gavin Manheimer (6) fields a passed ball Sunday afternoon at Wheeler Field in Centralia.

By The Chronicle

The Trailblazers have had better weekends to remember than the one that they just experienced at the hands of Tacoma College. In a four game NWAC West Conference baseball series Centralia fell 12-2, 9-8 in Tacoma on Saturday and then by scores of 6-1 and 11-1 at Wheeler Field on Sunday.

In Saturday’s opening contest the Trailblazers’ took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Gavin O’Donnell brought home Colton Titus and Blake Marker with a double.

Zach Weinert took the hill for Centralia to start that game and held the Titans scoreless through the first three innings. In the fourth inning, though, Tacoma managed to plate three runs to take a lead that continued to grow over the next three innings.

Taite Hensley relieved Weinert on the mound in the fourth frame. Zach Vetter then pitched the sixth inning and Mason Harris pitched the seventh inning. When the Titans pushed a half dozen runs across in the seventh frame the game ended due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Centralia managed just four hits in that game with Marker, Titus, Nole Wollan and O’Donnell each chipping in a base knock.

After falling behind again early in the nightcap Centralia was nearly able to steal a game from the Titans when their bats suddenly came to life.

The Titans scored four runs in the first inning off of starting pitcher Dylan Stakelin and then added another run in the second inning. The Blazers battled back in the third inning, though, plating five runs of their own to tie the game up. That even footing with the Titans proved to be short lived, however, when Tacoma answered right back with another four spot in the bottom of the third frame.

Back in that promising top of the third inning Centralia picked up their first run when Ethan Hori drew a bases loaded walk to score Tysen Paul. Titus then doubled to score Festus Gilligan and Gavin Manheimer before Wollan singled to score Hori. An ensuing single by O’Donnell allowed Titus to score.

In the fourth inning Gilligan scored another run for the Blazers on a fielder’s choice by Wollan. Hori scored later in the inning on an error. Centralia got within one run in the sixth inning when O’Donnell drove in Wollan with a double but the Titans managed to hold the Blazers at bay for the one run victory.

The Blazers had just seven hits in the game. Wollan and O’Donnell led the way with two hits each while Titus, Paul, and Gilligan had one hit apiece.

The Blazers luck didn’t improve any at their home field on Sunday. In the first game Tacoma scored one run in the first, two in the fourth and a single run in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to put Centralia away for good.

The Blazers’ ace, Josh Myer, started that game and allowed two earned runs over 6 ⅔ innings of work on the mound while striking out six batters. A trio of errors put the pressure on the home team, however, and the Blazers’ bats weren’t up to the task of playing catch up.

Centralia managed six hits of their own in that game but had only one run in the fourth inning to show for it when Manheimer drove in O’Donnell. Titus, Wollan, O’Donnell, Manheimer, Marker, and Gilligan all had one hit in the game for the Blazers.

The nightcap went even worse for Centralia as they committed eight defensive errors en route to an 11-1 loss in five innings.

Tacoma plated three runs in the second, third and fifth innings, while adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning in order to secure the abbreviated mercy-rule victory.

Centralia mustered six hits in that game with their lone run coming in the second frame when the pride of Tenino, Robbie Wall, drove in Josh Parks with a single. Marker, Kyle Combs, Josh Parks, and Rory Escuadro each added a hit to the Blazers’ tally. Wall finished the game with two hits in two at bats.

Centralia (8-29, 3-14) will host Green River for a doubleheader on Saturday before playing two more on the Gator’s home turf on Sunday.

Saturday

At Tacoma

Game 1

TITANS 12, BLAZERS 2 (7 inn.)

Centralia 200 000 0 — 2 4 3

Tacoma 000 330 6 — 12 11 1

Batteries: Centralia — Zach Weinert, Taite Henseley (4), Zach Vetter (6), Mason Harris (7) and Gavin O’Donnell; Tacoma — Alex McBee, Jon Fortner (7) and Brock Gagliardi

Game 2

TITANS 9, BLAZERS 8

Centralia 005 201 0 — 8 7 3

Tacoma 414 000 X — 9 8 2

Batteries: Centralia — Dylan Stakelin, Zach Blake (2), Marco Quintero (4) and Tysen Paul; Tacoma — Logan Gerling, Jack Horn (3), Austin Carder (5) and Sam Olsson and Gagliardi

SUNDAY

At Centralia

Game 1

TITANS 6, BLAZERS 1

Tacoma 100 200 111 — 6 9 0

Centralia 000 100 000 — 1 6 3

Batteries: Tacoma —Josh Vitus, Brandon Reynolds (7) and Brock Gagliardi; Centralia — Josh Myer, Cole Doughty (7) and Gavin O’Donnell

Game 2

TITANS 11, BLAZERS 1 (5 inn.)

Tacoma 033 23 — 11 6 0

Centralia 010 00 — 1 6 8

Batteries: Tacoma — Tanner Knapp and Sam Olsonn; Centralia —Adrian Stacy, Rory Escuadro (1) and Tysen Paul and Kyle Combs

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