You win some, you lose some

04/07/2011 14:45

by Alan K. Fox

 
Pitcher John Linscott checks first base for a runner during the season opener at PK Park in Eugene. The Titans are 9-9 for the season, including 4-2 in league play.
Pitcher John Linscott checks first base for a runner during the season opener at PK Park in Eugene. The Titans are 9-9 for the season, including 4-2 in league play.

The Titans baseball team wrapped up this week with a split in a doubleheader in Coos Bay against Southwestern Oregon on April 5.

In the first game of the day the Titans (9-9,4-2 Southern Region) took out the Lakers with a 7-1 victory

Sophomore pitcher John Linscott pitched eight innings and threw around 100 pitches with four strikeouts and only allowing the Lakers only run.

“It felt really great to be out there. The weather was nice and my arm felt really loose,” Linscott said. “I felt like I was hitting the zone, and I’m real glad to be a part of the team this year and lead like I can.”

LCC was able to rebound from the Lakers’ (7-11, 3-3) only run in the second inning with a three-run third inning and never trailed again.

The Titans were able to put on an offensive clinic against the Lakers.

“I was really happy with the way that our bats came alive,” head coach Dean Stiles said. “Skip Spencer put some good swings on it and Darrell Hunter is still obviously swinging the bat really well.”

Sophomore catcher Skip Spencer kept his hot streak at the plate by hitting his third double of the season.

The nightcap marked the return of last year’s Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges leader in saves, Nick Phillips.

Phillips was out with a shoulder injury that has kept him out for most of the season. In his return he was able to pitch 2 2/3 innings in relief.

“It feels good to be back on the mound, but coming off the injury it was kind of tough,” Phillips said. “It’s a little bit frustrating not being back to where I was (last year) but it’s working and it doesn’t hurt at all.”

Coach Stiles was confident with having Phillips back and having him on the mound with Spencer.

“With Phillips and Spencer in the game, we always feel confident that we can run those guys out be confident every time,” Stiles said.

The game was a back-and-forth dual before SWOCC was able to score the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning off of a RBI by the Lakers sophomore infielder Dillon Fugate, sealing the 7-6 victory for SWOCC.

“We got punched a little bit early (in the second game) and instead of rolling over and because we were on the road we fought back and tried to give ourselves a hand and it just didn’t happen the way we wanted too,” Stiles said.

The Titans return to the field against Clackamas on April 9 at LCC with weather permitting. If the game is unable to be played in Eugene it will be played in Oregon City.