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Wednesday’s College Baseball: Titans Blow By Trailblazers

Images from a NWAC West Division baseball game between Centralia and Tacoma at Wheeler Field in Centralia on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

By Jordan Nailon

jnailon@chronline.com

Half of the pitchers on the Trailblazers’ roster were able to get their work in here at Wheeler Field on Wednesday. Unfortunately, that quirk represented the end of the good news for Centralia on the day as they fell 10-0 to Tacoma College in an abbreviated seven inning NWAC West conference contest.

Dylan Stakelin started the game on the mound for Centralia and found success in his stint by holding the Titans’ hitters off balance. The left-handed thumber allowed just two hits and one unearned run during the game’s first two innings.

Cole Doughty took over for Stakelin and also allowed one run in two innings of work before handing the ball over to Zach Blake. Blake immediately found himself mired in a mess of his own making when he misfired a ball to first off of a swinging bunt and then threw the ball into the bullpen on an ensuing pickoff attempt. After hitting the next batter and then allowing a double to drop into right field, Blake was removed in favor of Zach Weinert. Calling on his expertise as a fireman in training Weinert coaxed three straight infield pop ups to extinguish the Tacoma threat.

Marco Quintero, Taite Hensley, and Zach Vetter were all touched up for runs the rest of the way before Adrian Stacey recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning. By that point Tacoma had plated 10 runs and pushed Centralia to the brink of a mercy-rule ending.

Just as their previous six turns at the plate had turned out, there was nothing doing for the Trailblazers in the seventh inning. For the game the home team managed just two hits while committing three errors defensively.

Conversely, Tacoma pounded out nine hits and made just one defensive miscue.

Blake Marker and Rory Escuadro had Centralia’s only hits on the day. Gavin Manheimer managed to reach base on a walk.

Centralia’s fleet of pitchers were only able to accrue two strikeouts in the game while three Tacoma pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.

Centralia (5-19, 0-3 conference) will host Green River on Saturday and Grays Harbor on Sunday. Both games are set to begin at 1 p.m.

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