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Beamer blows into first place
By CASEY OLSON
The Todd Beamer baseball team is in an unfamiliar spot in the South Puget Sound League South Division standings first place. The Titans earned the top spot atop the 10-team league with a huge 5-4 win over the Curtis Vikings Friday afternoon.
After starting the season 1-3, Beamer has won seven of their last eight games to run their record to 8-4 overall and 8-2 in the SPSL South. Curtis and Puyallup both sit at 8-3 in league play, followed by Jefferson (7-4) and Federal Way (6-4) entering Mondays games (after press time).
This is a huge win for us, said Beamer head coach Jerry Peterson. It feels great. the kids have worked really hard and we have a lot of respect for Curtis.
Beamer used a solid outing on the mound from sophomore Matt Hart and clutch hitting by junior Logan Capp to sweep the season series from Curtis.
Hart threw his second complete-game of the week against Curtis. The right-hander scattered six hits in seven innings of work Friday. His only hiccup came in the fourth inning, when the Vikings scored all four of their runs, thanks to four hits and two rare Titan errors.
I was feeling pretty good, Hart said. My slider wasnt working, so I had to rely on my fastball and change up.
But it was a huge two-run triple off the bat of Capp in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the difference Friday. Trailing 4-3 with two outs, Capp hit a Tyler Freeman pitch off the left field wall, scoring Brandon Wallach and Dustin Miller with the tying and go-ahead runs.
I got a fastball, said Capp, a catcher who was hitting eighth in the batting order. I just wish I wouldnt have gotten so under it. If I would have drove it more it would have been (a home run.)
The Titans jumped all over Curtis in the first inning. After a pair of one-out hits from second baseman Cole Bixenman and shortstop Jeremy Miller, a Wallach RBI groundout and a Carsten Bocchi run-scoring single made it 2-0. Wallach tallied Beamers third run in the bottom of the fourth after a double and a wild pitch.
The kids really hung in there and battled back, Peterson said. We have had different guys stepping up every game. Thats the great thing about this team.
Capp finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Wallach was 1-for-2 with a run and RBI.
I think that we just have confidence right now, Hart said. We know we are a good team and think that we can play with anybody. It feels pretty good. No one expected anything from us and now we are sitting in first place halfway through the season.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com