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Beamer bounced by Kentlake

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Todd Beamer baseball team’s amazing 2005 season is officially over. But what a ride it was.

The Titans were beaten by the Kentlake Falcons (16-6) May 24 in a loser-out, winner-to-state game at Tacoma’s Heidelberg Park. A bases-loaded single by Kentlake’s Ryan Voelkel in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Kevin Dickson with the winning run to give the Falcons a 4-3 victory in a Class 4A West Central/Southwest District game.

The loss ended the Titans’ year in bittersweet fashion and the victory was sweet revenge for Kentlake. Beamer beat the Falcons, 6-4, May 14 in the South Puget Sound League Championship game. The Titans shared the South Division title with Curtis and Kentlake tied for the SPSL North championship with Auburn.

“We set a goal before the season started to make the playoffs,” said head coach Jerry Peterson. “We met that goal and next year we will set them a little higher.”

The future looks ultra-bright for Beamer baseball and this season’s postseason experience has everybody associated with the program excited about next year.

Peterson will return 15 of 16 players from his roster in 2006. Third baseman/pitcher Brandon Wallach was the only senior to step on the field for the Titans this season.

Tuesday, Beamer jumped all over Kentlake starter Rutger Bovard in the top of the first inning. Sophomore second baseman Cole Bixenman led off the game with a single. Jeremy Miller followed with a double into the left-center field gap, scoring Bixenman. Matt Hart then knocked in Miller with a single up the middle to make it 2-0.

But Beamer’s offense stalled after the first. The Titans had only three hits in the final six innings.

Beamer’s third run came in the fourth thanks to four walks by Bovard during the inning. Hart picked up his second RBI of the game when he walked with the bases loaded, scoring Adam Capp. The run gave the Titans a 3-1 lead.

But Kentlake fought back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, setting the stage for the Falcons’ seventh-inning heroics.

Dickson started the seventh with a one-out double off Wallach, his third hit of the game. An intentional walk to Bovard and a single by Reid Dehnert led to Voelkel’s game-winner.

Wallach worked the sixth and seventh innings for Beamer in relief of Hart, who threw the first five innings of the game after working three innings in a loss to Auburn Monday night.

Hart was forced to throw two days in a row because Beamer ace Carsten Bocchi was unavailable, due to a blood clot in his shoulder.

“Without Carsten, we just stretched out guys too thin,” Peterson said. “He just carried us this year and not having him was just tough.”

Bocchi was named the SPSL South’s Most Valuable Player last week by the league’s coaches after going 5-2 with a 2.12 earned-run average on the mound and hitting .423.

Beamer also didn’t get any breaks

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