By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The Titans Baseball Club’s three through five hitters went a combined 5-for-8, two home runs and four RBIs Thursday night. Setting the pace in the Green Machine’s third meeting between themselves and the Olympians Baseball Club of Sprague.
Blake Arritola, Noah Juarez and Ben Nagle represented the middle part of the line-up on this summer evening, and had their pay-day during the first inning to separate themselves from the Olys.
The four-run first saw Arritola go yard, bringing home Wilson Nietzel with the University of Jamestown-commit. Juarez singled after the Arritola single as Nagle homered as well, turning the 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead going into the second inning at Holland Youth Park of the Titan 10-4 win over the Olympian Baseball Club.
“It’s nice to get ahead because it doesn’t allow them to play their game. When we get out ahead, we can stay ahead and add to it slowly each inning,” said Arritola, who went 1-for-3 on the day. “It was smooth sailing through the rest of the game from that point.”
Juarez went 2-for-2 and Nagle went 2-for-3 at the plate behind Arritola in the line-up. Andrew Nadeau went 2-for-3 as well for the Titans who slowly added to their lead, taking advantage of the defensive miscues that presented themselves from their Olympian counterparts. Pressuring the OBC to find ways to handle it knowing how scrappy of a team Sprague is.
“It’s really important because that’s a team that if we let them back in, they’ll hang around and put it away early. It really helps,” said Arritola.
The Titans play Stayton Bandits Saturday morning at 9am at Holland. The Olys, as painful as this game was, they have 24-hours to put it pass them as they host a Central team that snapped their four-game skid Wednesday evening looking for their first winning streak of the summer season.
“It’s game-to-game. After this game is over, it will hurt for 24 hours and then it’ll go away and we’ll be ready to play again,” said Brock McMullen.
Chris Rogers went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Brett Hassoun also drove in a run on 1-for-2 batting while striking out three on the bump against the Titans.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald