Titan Baseball looks to improve on its NWAACC Championship run

10/07/2010 19:53

Players and coaches play fall baseball to prepare

Sarah Delp

Issue date: 10/7/10 Section: Sports

After a loss to Lower Columbia in the 2010 NWAACC championship game, Titan baseball is working through a fall training season in order to prepare for another run at a Southern regional championship.

Practices and scrimmages are well under way as the Titans prepare nine returning starters to start the season. Baseball doesn't officially start until spring, but "Fall Ball," as the team calls it, has its advantages.

"We're just trying to win everyday," assistant coach Justin Filip said. "We want to compete in everything we do at practice. We think if we do that, we have a very good chance to be an NWAACC tournament team."

Jimmy Sanchez, Matt Myrmo, Shay Huskey and Joe Offer are returning for their sophomore seasons as well as all-league pitchers Nick Phillips and Chris Reed.

Joining them will be transfers Ben Higgins, Skip Spencer, Elliott Sherrel and Jackson Wilde, alongside a new freshman class.

A new addition to the coaching staff this year is Dean Stiles from the University of Oregon. A volunteer assistant there for the past two years, will be bringing a fresh outlook and an added experience to the coaching staff.

"I think we have the potential to be even better than we were a year ago," Filip said. "We know it won't be easy, but we like our chances."

Titans' baseball has two remaining home scrimmages for the fall.

The Titans face off against Linn-Benton on Oct. 16 before finishing the fall season in Salem against the Corban Lions on Oct. 23.