Baseball wraps up preseason

03/31/2011 08:32

Baseball 3 The Titans baseball team looks to return to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ championship game, but the college’s boys of summer will need to improve on a dismal preseason record.

Head coach Dean Stiles’ team finished the preseason 5-7. Injuries to some of the team’s most talented players may be to blame.

The Titans started the season with some major setbacks including injuries to key players such as pitcher/third baseman Daniel Copeland, pitcher/infielder Chance Nelson and Matt Myrmo, who plays in the infield.

“Our results may not have been as stellar as we were hoping entering the regular season,” Stiles said. “We have had some injury issues and unfortunately some players who became ineligible.”

Ineligible players’ names were not available for publication. LCC started the preseason with a 4-2 record before losing five of its last six remaining games.

Pitching has been a strong point for the team early in the season with sophomore Skip Spencer, who transferred to LCC from Seattle University, standing out. He has not allowed a run in the last 14 innings he has pitched.

John Linscott has also proved to be talented on the mound.

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“The pitching has been outstanding,” Stiles said. “The overall body of work for the team has been good.”

Offensively, the team started strong and has shown growth throughout the preseason, a quality echoed by many other teams in the league.

“Offense needs to come alive. Once it comes around we will be in great shape,” Stiles said. “That will come with time and weather.”

The Titans were scheduled to start the regular season with a home doubleheader March 29 against Chemeketa. The game was rained out. The season opener has been moved to Salem on March 31.

The home opener is now scheduled for April 2 against Mt. Hood weather permitting.