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TJ, Beamer fall short of state after district losses
By CASEY OLSON
For the second straight season the Todd Beamer Titan baseball team came up one run short of making their inaugural trip to the 16-team Class 4A state playoffs. The Titans were knocked out of the West Central/Southwest District Tournament by the South Kitsap Wolves Saturday in a loser-out, winner-to-state game. The Wolves downed Beamer, 1-0, at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.
It was a really good game, said Beamer head coach Jerry Peterson. We just ran out of gas. For this being our third year, we are pretty happy. But its two years in a row that we have lost by one run in a winner-to-state game.
Kentlake beat Beamer, 4-3, at last years district tournament
The Titans (16-6) earned the winner-to-state game against South Kitsap after beating Bellarmine Prep Friday afternoon in the first-round of the West Central/Southwest District Tournament, 12-4, at Puyallups Heritage Recreation Center.
Beamer got a complete-game pitching performance from junior Matt Hart, who also finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate. Hart scattered six Bellarmine hits.
The Titans tallied five runs in the second, two in the fifth and five more in the sixth. Jeremy Miller finished with two RBIs and a home run and Kyle Murray was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Saturdays game against South Kitsap was a different story for the Beamer offense. The Titans just couldnt get anything going against Wolves pitching in game that started almost two hours after its scheduled 7:30 p.m. first pitch.
Beamer didnt advance a runner past first base all night long. The closest they came was having two players thrown out attempting to steal second base.
We were just hitting the ball right at people, Peterson said. (South Kitsap) had some good pitching. They werent great offensively, but they were solid pitching-wise.
Beamer pitching was also very solid Saturday. Junior Dustin Martin went the distance on the mound, throwing his best game of the season.
Dustin was great, Peterson said. We actually played a fantastic game. We just couldnt get the big hit when we needed it.
The Raiders (16-7) also came up a little short Saturday at the district tournament. Auburn ended TJs season with a 14-10 win at Kent Memorial Park in a winner-to-state, loser-out game. The Raiders earned the meeting with Auburn by downing Prairie, 9-6, earlier in the day in another loser-out game at Kent Memorial.
Senior third baseman Jarett Jackson finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs against Prairie and Jordan Beers picked up the win in relief of Jeff Plute.
The Raiders broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-4 lead. Prairie tallied two runs in the seventh to tighten the final score.
Jefferson pitching allowed 18 hits to the No. 3-ranked Auburn Trojans (21-3) in the night cap. The Raiders pulled out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the first inning, thanks to a three-run home run by Jackson. But the Trojans tallied 14 of the next 15 total runs to take a 14-5 lead into the seventh inning. Jefferson scored five in its final at-bat to tighten the score.
The loss to Auburn ends the TJ careers of 10 seniors, including all nine starters.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com