The Titans took 2 of 3 from the Stallions of San Juan Hills to stay in the race for CIF Playoffs. In a very competitive Sea View League, the top is bunched up with four teams hovering around .500. The top three will move on to playoffs. Tesoro needed 9 innings to finish off San Juan on Friday.
With only 5 hits a piece, it was a well pitched game on both sides. Nick Pinto started for Tesoro and threw a solid 5 innings followed by another stellar 2 innings by Dallas Carpenter. Steven Hayden closed the final two innings. “We threw strikes, and that can sometimes be all you need,” offered Titans pitching coach Jim Burchit. “This is a tough ballpark to hit the ball out of, so if you keep the ball in the zone and down, you can let your defense do the work for you.”
The Titans did have a few uncharacteristic errors late in the game, but a killer connection between senior center fielder Jack Sahargun and junior Jeremy Hassel at the plate to end the 8th inning turned the momentum over to the Titans who scrapped together a run in the 9th and held on for the win. “These kids have shown a lot of heart throughout the season, and you can never count them out,” said head coach Rick Brail. “We’re young, but we’re calm and confident.”
The Titans play a non-conference double header next week against San Clemente at home, then a home and away series against Laguna Hills the following week to close out the season.