16U Titans Earn Doubleheader Splits with the Kingston Colts; 18U Titans Suffer Weekend Power Outage
The 16U Titans maintained their winning momentum this summer by splitting their weekend games versus the Kingston Colts. The Titans won 12-1 and 9-3, but lost a 9-8 heart breaker as well as suffering a 6-4 defeat.
However, an offensive power outage afflicted the 18U Titans as they lost all four contests versus the Ontario Rockies and the Bulletproof Prospects. They lost 6-2, 6-0, and 11-1 to the Rockies as well as dropping their lone contest with the Bulletproof Prospects 6-2. After a summer of booming bats, the 18U Titans saw a rare reversal of fortune in the batter’s box.
By contrast, in the 16U Titans’ 12-1 win over the Kingston Colts on Saturday, JT Fenn’s solo homer in the first inning foreshadowed a big offensive outburst in the fourth when the Titans plated five runs. Nolan Thomson, Josh McBride, and Carson Barnett drove in runs in the decisive frame as the Titans put up eleven runs by the fifth to cruise to victory. Eric Lanoue surrendered one run on four hits over five innings, striking out nine and walking zero to earn the win. McBride, Jaxen Lehr, and Thomson each managed two hits to pace the Titans offence. The 16U Titans also won decisively on Sunday when they defeated Kingston 9-3 and withstood a rally by the Colts to secure the victory. The Titans scored early to take the lead on Thomson’s RBI single and pushed ahead 3-0, but the Colts blasted a three-run homer to tie the game in the third. The Titans pulled away for good with two runs in the fourth inning when Reese Irvin homered to drive in two runs. They added four runs in the sixth inning with RBI’s from Fenn, Lehr, and Thomson. Lehr pitched three innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out two to earn the W. Irvin threw four innings in relief out of the bullpen. The Titans’ ten-hit attack was led by Irvin, Lehr, Fenn, and Thomson who each collected two hits. Coach John Bethune was pleased with the “offensive performance in our wins” but expressed his concern about the Titans’ losses on the weekend; he was disappointed particularly by their 9-8 loss which “should have been a win. We needed to win the close games, too.” In the Titans’ tough 6-4 loss to the Colts, Justin Shin surrendered six runs on 12 hits over six innings, striking out four and walking none. Lehr went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead offensively. Even more disappointing was the 16U squad’s surrendering of a late lead in a 9-8 defeat to Kingston Colts on Sunday. The game was tied at eight when the Colts drove in the decisive run in the top of the seventh. Despite the loss, the 16U Titans did collect ten hits in the high-scoring affair. Cameron Byers took the loss. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out one and walking none. Faisal Al Ajeel started the game for Titans Baseball Club 16U. He pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out six and walking one. Wyatt Slocum, McBride, Dylan Reeves, and Thomson paced the Titans’ ten-hit attack with two hits each.
In the Titans 18U contests, Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Ontario Rockies was a “heartbreaker”, according to Coach Lawrence Vera on what he described as a “rare rough weekend for the Titans.” Despite outhitting the Rockies 8-5, the Titans gave up a late lead . Ryan Fisher ptiched five innings, allowing five hits and six runs while striking out one. Massimo Amantea threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Cooper Tomkinson paced the 18U Titans with three hits in four at bats, including an RBI double. The 18U’s struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Ontario Rockies, in their 11-1 loss. Titans ace Hunter Campese provided a quality start by striking out 13 Rockies over five innings. CJ Wendelgass threw two innings in relief. Ethan Kennedy-Munsterman went 2-for-3 at the plate. Titans Baseball Club 18U fired up the offense in the first inning, when Ethan Kennedy-Munsterman singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, but the Titans were blanked in the ensuing six innings. In their 6-2 loss to the Bullet Proof Prospects, Cooper Tomkinson led the Titans with two hits in three at bats. Hayden Norman allowed nine hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking none. Kobe Geofroy threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen. Unfortunately, the 18U Titans watched their fourth game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 6-0 loss to Ontario Rockies on Sunday. One offensive bright spot for Titans Baseball Club 18U was Alex Kok’s 2 for 3 performance at the plate. Versatile starter Kobe Geofroy pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out three and walking none. Ethan Moulds threw two and a third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Titans close out their Fergie Jenkins Showcase League schedule on August 29-30 before transitioning into the Canadian Premier Baseball League on September 1. Exciting times await our expansion franchise in the CPBL!