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Miller's blast lifts Beamer into first

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Todd Beamer Titans just keep finding ways to win baseball games. The Titans moved into first place in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a pair of impressive wins over Puyallup and Federal Way.

The victories move Beamer closer to winning the second-year school’s first-ever SPSL South championship in any sport. Beamer (11-4) sat one game up on Curtis (11-5), Jefferson (10-5) and Puyallup (10-5) entering Thursday’s games (after press time).

“We knew we had a pretty stiff week ahead of us,” said Beamer coach Jerry Peterson. “But we played extremely well. It seems like we have a different guy that steps up every day.”

Jeremy Miller proved to be the hero Tuesday with a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off Puyallup, 9-7. The homer, to straight-away left field, was the first ever hit at Todd Beamer’s baseball field.

“It was pretty exciting,” Peterson said. “The kids have done a great job in whatever we have asked them to do.”

The Miller blast ended a strange seventh inning. The score was tied 3-3 entering the final inning before the Vikings scored four in the top of the inning on three hits and three walks to take a 7-3 lead. But the Titans tallied six runs on two hits.

Junior Carsten Bocchi was the hero Wednesday during a 6-0 win over Federal Way. The left-hander held the five-time defending SPSL South champs to just two hits in seven innings of work, while striking out nine.

“Carsten was as good as advertised,” Peterson said. “His change-up was lights out.”

Logan Capp finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and sophomore Matt Hart had a pair of RBIs.

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