Titans Hit Nine Taters in Tottenham

by Jim Stewart

The Titans hosted a split-squad tripleheader at the Tottenham Community Centre on Sunday and a home run derby broke out on their adopted field north of the GTA.  

Giuseppe Sisca hit four home runs in two games, Cooper Tomkinson hit two home runs including a grand slam, Wyatt Slocum also hit two out of the park, and Ethan Kennedy-Munsterman added a homer to pace the Titans’ power show in the humid New Tecumseth air. 

The slate of festivities also included a walk-off win to excite the fans as Josh McBride’s ground out plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh in the Titans Navy 11-10 victory over Titans Orange. 

All three games featured Stage Three COVID19 safety measures including baseball sanitizing, socially-distant fans, hand-sanitizing after every inning, and Umpire Brett Gugel called balls and strikes from behind the mound as per regulations.  It was a responsible gathering of the Titans family as parents and coaches were grateful to see our players back on the field.

Lawrence Vera and John Rose coached their Navy team to a 2-0 record.  Coach Vera mentioned that “it was amazing to be outside even though the baseball was a little different.  We split into three teams—Navy, Orange, and White—and squared off.  The hard work from the off-season really showed as we had lots of power highlighted by Cooper Tomkinson’s grand slam.”

Despite the demonstration of offensive power, Coach Johnny Bethune was impressed with a pitching performance as “Justin Shin was on fire for four innings, allowing just one run on two hits.”  However, Coach Bethune went on to acknowledge the Titans’ big bats in what he considered a “show of power with nine home runs!”

Coach Jesse Barker added that “the play of Justin Fenn was the defensive and multitasking highlight for Team White, who, while celebrating his sixteenth birthday, turned in an excellent performance at both second base and shortstop.” Sterling defence was also on display in Tottenham as the Navy-White game featured zero errors.

On the theme of defence, Coach Jeremy Uylenbroek was impressed with 16U Outfielder Jackson Burek who made “a great play in left field while playing centerfield; the fly ball was wind-assisted and drifted past the left fielder, but Jackson not only covered the play but made a great catch while patrolling the middle of the outfield.” 

Excellent power hitting, good starting pitching, and stellar defence were on display in Tottenham on Sunday as the Titans made a successful transition to outdoor play amid the challenges of a pandemic and its associated restrictions. 

Highlights of the Three Split-Squad Games

Navy 11-Orange 10

-Slocum has 5 RBI to pace Navy to victory, including a home run in the first inning

-Sisca homers on first pitch he sees to pace Orange with two RBI’s in the first inning

-Irwin picked up the win in relief for Navy; McBride threw 2 1/3 innings of effective relief 

-Lehr started for Navy, throwing 2 2/3 innings striking out five and walking one

-Navy had ten hits and Orange had thirteen hits in the exhibition slugfest

-Tomkinson had three hits and Irvin chipped in with two hits to pace Navy’s attack  

-Sisca, Barnett, Thompson, Norman, and Gombocz had multiple hits for Orange

Orange 5- White 4

-Musterman’s double drove in two runs for White

-Sisca homered to plate two runs for Orange

-Norman was the winning pitcher for Orange, striking out three and scattering four hits over three innings and chipped in offensively with two hits

-Byers earned the save for Orange, logging the final six outs 

-Seanor started for White and struck out five over two innings

-Kok paced the White attack with two hits in two AB’s

-White played errorless baseball with Brant converting all eight of his chances

-Sisca and Thomson collected multiple hits for Orange

Navy 9-White 2

-Navy scored five runs in the seventh to break the game open as Tomkinson and Slocum combined for all 5 RBI

-Moulds was the winning pitcher, striking out nine over four innings, and holding White hitless and scoreless

-Munsterman went deep for White in the seventh inning and led his team with two hits

-Slocum and Tomkinson paced Navy’s seven-hit attack with two hits each

-the game featured errorless baseball as Brant converted all seven of his chances for White and Irvin converted all twelve of his chances for Navy in a busy and outstanding day in the field!