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Beamer rolls to SPSL championship

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Todd Beamer baseball team continued their magical ride through the 2005 season Saturday night. The Titans downed the Kentlake Falcons, 6-4, to claim the South Puget Sound League championship at Kent-Memorial Park.

“It was our best game of the year,” said Beamer coach Jerry Peterson. “Kentlake is a good solid team.”

It was a match-up of two teams that made dramatic turnarounds from last season to earn berths into the SPSL Championship game. Kentlake (14-5) won the North title for the first time after finishing 3-13 in league last season and Beamer (13-8) was only 4-14 last year in the South Division in the school’s first year of existence.

“These kids are really starting to believe in what we are doing,” Peterson said. “We are just so happy to be where we are.”

Junior catcher Logan Capp got things going for the Titans Saturday with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first off Ryan Voelkel. Jeremy Miller added a solo homer in the third to give the Titans a 4-1 lead.

Kentlake tallied the first run of the game in the top of the first inning off Beamer junior Carsten Bocchi, who threw into the fifth inning before getting relieved by Matt Hart. Hart, the Titans’ starting shortstop, threw three strong innings and struck out five to earn his second save of the season.

The Falcons had just four hits, one a two-run homer by Voelkel in the fourth that cut the Beamer lead to one, 4-3. Beamer added a run in the bottom of the fourth and got a clutch RBI single from Brandon Wallach, the only senior on the Titans’ roster, in the bottom of the fifth to go up by two runs.

Kentlake threatened in the seventh off of Hart. But with runners on first and second and two outs, Hart retired Kentlake cleanup hitter Reid Dehnert on a groundout to Wallach at third.

“It seems like in every big game, we really step up and play great,” Peterson said. “And we did that again.”

Beamer (13-6) won its first title in just its second year of existence after going 6-14 last season. The Titans will meet Capital at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kent Memorial in the West Central District playoffs. Capital beat Port Angeles Saturday in the Narrows League playoffs to earn the league’s third seed.

“I watched (Capital) play the first three innings Saturday,” Peterson said. “They are a solid defensive team and they have some speed. I didn’t really get a good feel for them and didn’t see anyone who smoked the ball.”

Kentwood 10, Jefferson 5 (loser-out game)

The Raiders’ season ended in abrupt fashion Saturday morning at the SPSL Tournament at Kent-Memorial Park. Kentwood, the defending state runner-up, won a battle of the fourth-place teams from the SPSL North and South. The 10-5 loss was TJ’s third in a row to end the season.

Kentwood’s Jameson Lange was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Michael Hague was 3-for-4 with two runs to lead Kentwood (13-7). The Conquerors took control of the game early, rolling out to a 6-0 lead after three innings.

The Raiders (12-9) tried to comeback and got a two-run home run from junior Jason Summers. But two back-breaking catches by Kentwood outfielders on balls hit by TJ third baseman Jarrett Jackson saved at least two runs.

Kentwood earned the SPSL No. 7 seed to district. The Conquerors play Port Angeles, the Narrows League No. 4 team, at 2 p.m. next Saturday at Mount Tahoma High.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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