Titans Top Ten CPBL Performances for Week #2

by Jim Stewart

The second week of the CPBL season featured an excellent showing by the 18U and 17U Titans squads who both went 2-1 at the CPBL Showcase Event.  Week #2 also featured a doubleheader sweep by the 14U Titans over the Toronto Mets, a 17U Titans doubleheader sweep over the Ontario Royals, a 4-game split by the 15U Titans versus the Ontario Royals that should have been a 3-1 series win, and a 2-1 record by the 18U Titans versus Watson Elite (Ottawa), Ontario Astros, and the Terriers.  It was raining W’s for four intrepid Titans teams during the second weekend of the season after spending their first weekend dodging rain across the province.

Here are our Top Ten Titans for the weekend of May 13-14:

Tyler Pridham (17U)—Pridham was a buzzsaw on offense versus the Royals and the Terriers. His offensive numbers included 6 hits (including 2 doubles), 4 runs batted in, 4 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a .429 batting average (6-14) over three weekend games. 

Nolan Thomson (18U)—The veteran Titans shortstop accrued a lofty .546 batting average versus Watson Elite, Ontario Astros, and the Terriers in the CPBL Showcase. The speedy Thomson—who is committed to the D1 Rend Lake College Warriors in Illinois-- collected a triple amid his 6 hits on the weekend, drove in 3, and scored 2 runs.

Jack Ferguson (18U)—Ferguson earned the win versus Watson Elite (Ottawa) at the CPBL Showcase event in which the 18U Titans won 2 of 3 games.  The steady right-hander delivered a quality start versus Ottawa by tossing seven innings and allowing two earned runs in the 9-inning contest.  Ferguson struck out seven and walked three to anchor the formidable 18U Titans rotation. 

Adam Visram (15U)—Visram picked up his second win of the young CPBL season on the weekend.  The consistently-effective pitcher gave the Titans another quality start by logging 6 innings, yielding only 1 run and 1 hit.  Visram--the 15U ace-- struck out 7 Royals to retain his semi-permanent place on the Titans’ Top Ten Performers List.  

Matteo Sersta (15U)—Sersta also provided the 15U Titans with a quality start on the weekend with a six-inning performance during which he surrendered zero runs and only 2 hits.  Sersta struck out 4 on his way to a W versus the Royals.  The Sersta-Visram pitching combo is a formidable one, indeed.

Cameron Nemeth (18U)—The speedy outfielder and RHP contributed with his bat AND his arm for the 18U Titans.  Nemeth—who has committed to the D2 Lewis and Clark CC Trailblazers in Illinois-- accrued a .555 BA in weekend #2 by going 5 for 9; he scored four runs and picked up an RBI and a double. The versatile Titan also earned the save in his club’s win over the Terriers. 

Tyson Kushnir (14U)—The steady first baseman batted .833 on the weekend by going 5 for 6 in his team’s doubleheader sweep of the Toronto Mets. Kushnir scored 3 runs, stole 2 bases, collected an RBI, and legged out two infield singles in his team’s 14-1 romp over the Mets on Sunday afternoon.  The high-scoring 14U Titans—who are averaging over 7 runs scored per game-- batted .360 as a team on the weekend.

Fionn Keon and Owen Norris (17U)—Keon and Norris—the hard-hitting Aurorans-- both batted .455 on the weekend on identical 5 for 11 offensive performances. Keon, the walk-off hitting hero last weekend versus the Nationals, delivered 2 more RBI on Weekend 2. Norris continued his torrid offensive production by scoring 4 more runs for the vastly-improved 17U Titans.

Oliver Bent (16U)—Bent batted .500 on the weekend by going 3 for 6 against the Ontario Blue Jays. The 16U Titan earned 5 walks, collected 2 doubles, and drove in 2 runs on the weekend.

Emmett Doyle (14U)—Doyle hurled an 80-pitch quality start over five innings in a 14-1 mauling of the Mets.  The starter overcame a shaky first inning to limit Toronto to 1 run and settled in to strike out nine. Doyle went the distance in the mercy-shortened contest to earn the W.

Honorable Mentions:

Nate Graham (15U)—The durable catcher batted a lofty .400 on the weekend including 3 doubles and an impressive team-leading 6 RBI versus the Royals.

Rylan Copeland (14U) – Copeland recorded an impressive 5-out save in the 14U Titans’ 6-5 win in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon. Copeland’s relief performance—in which he struck out 3 Toronto batters over 1 2/3 innings—enabled the Titans to complete their doubleheader sweep of the Mets. 

Brice Matthews (17U)—Matthews hurled 5.1 innings and provided a quality start for his team to earn the W versus the Ontario Royals. He limited the Royals to 3 hits and struck out 5 as he pitched into the sixth inning for the 17U Titans.  

Matthew McDonald (15U)—The Titans’ relief pitcher collected 2 saves in 2 opportunities on the weekend. He hurled 2 innings, struck out 4 Royals, and saved a pair of W’s for Visram and Sersta.  

Evan Rahaman (16U)—Rahaman provided a quality start for the 16U Titans versus the Ontario Blue Jays.  Rahaman not only provided 5 solid innings in which he yielded zero earned runs, but he also contributed with the bat with a double, walk, and a run scored against the Jays. 


Cooper Read (16U)—“Coop” showed his versatility by not only going 2 for 4, scoring 2 runs, and driving in a run, but he also threw 3 effective innings for the 16U Titans against the Ontario Blue Jays in which he allowed only 1 run to the perennial CPBL powerhouse.