Titans Top Ten CPBL 2024 Performances-- Week 1

by Jim Stewart

The Titans Baseball Club kicked off the 2024 CPBL season with an array of achievements across the province in uneven climatic conditions.

In Ottawa, the 16U Titans avoided the rain that wreaked havoc with league schedule makers through much of Ontario and swept all four games from their hosts and expansion cousins Watson Elite. 

16U Titans Head Coach Eddie McKiernan was pleased with the collective performance of his pitching staff in the Nation’s Capital:  “7 Titans pitched to a team ERA of 0.88, they collected 29 K’s in 24 innings, and limited the Ottawa batters to a .190 BA. In total, our pitchers only gave up 3 total runs in 4 games.” Coach McKiernan also credited his hitters for having a big weekend, too:  “On offense, the team hit .383 and scored 44 runs.” 

The 16U Titans averaged 11 runs per game in the four-game sweep against in Ottawa and Carlos Cioffi led the red-hot offense by going 4 for 6 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored. 

Adam Visram contributed 5 RBIs and 2 doubles to the offensive barrage. Visram also pitched 5 innings in a quality start to secure one of the 4 W’s on the weekend.  

Visram’s fellow starter Nick Halcovitch also provided the 16U Titans with a 5-inning quality start, allowing zero runs, and striking out 9 Ottawa batters in his shutout performance. 

The 15U Titans, who went 2-1-1 versus the Ontario Nationals, were led by Nate Rowan who batted a blazing .417 (5 for 12) versus the opponents from St. Mary’s. Rowan also collected 4 RBI and drew 2BB.  Teammate Caiden Moncada was an on-base machine against the Nationals; he batted a gaudy .615 (8 for 13) and drew a walk, too, to accrue a .692 OBP on the weekend.

Three 14U Titans distinguished themselves in their weekend series with the Ontario Blue Jays.

The best offensive performances belonged to Dom Williams--who hit .333, drove in a run, scored two runs and drew two walks-- and Brody Graham who put up a .667 batting average and added one run scored and a walk to the Titans’ attack.

On the mound, Mato Rukovanjski put forth a steady Week 1 performance by pitching 3.2 IP, limiting the Blue Jays to 1ER, and striking out 3 OBJ’s. 

It was a rain-shortened weekend for the 17U Titans in Dorchester for the CPBL Showcase Weekend, but according to Head Coach Jesse Barker:   “In our one and only game, we saw an offense that is ready to win ball games.”  Among the hard-hitting 17U Titans, Coach Barker singled out three outstanding offensive performers:  

Tyson Rosario and Lorenzo Malcolm combined to drive in 6 runs—3 RBI each—and both 17U Titans hit a double in their first CPBL game of 2024. 

Carson Holden-- with a lead-off double in his first at-bat of the season-- also scored 2 runs before leaving the game due to injury.