FRONT (L-R): Connor Mattison, Gary Dominguez, Chase Kearney, Forrest Garcia, Gerardo Herrera, Paul Turner, Tannar Galey. MIDDLE (L-R): Travis Boggs, Darin Nelson, Kyle Watson, Josh Overstreet, Bryce Tilton, Jordan Hadley, Jalen Fuhriman. BACK (L-R): Coach Lyle, Coach Hogan, Shane Quarterley, Kyle Beam, Malik Evans, Patrick Figueroa, Bradley O'Connor, Erickson Fish, Jackson Bertsch, Kyle Henderson, DJ Wilson, Jaime Flynn, Trevor Casanova, and Coach Blunt.
Titans take one from Centralia at home
The Lane baseball team finished off a wild split with Centralia on Friday, winning the first game 12-0 behind a no-hitter from pitchers Jackson Bertsch and Parker Figueroa then losing the second 1-0 after Blazers pitcher Austin Anderson one-hit the Titans.
Lane’s 12-0 victory went the run-rule minimum of five innings after the Titans exploded for five runs in both the second and fourth innings. Trevor Casanova was 3-for-3 for Lane with six RBIs, two runs scored and a home run.
Kyle Watson was also 3-for-3 for Lane in the first game with three RBIs, a double and a run scored.
Bertsch pitched four innings and struck out six with no walks. Figueroa pitched the final inning and walked two.
Centralia also reached base once on an error.
In the second game, Malik Evans took the loss for the Titans despite allowing one run on five hits in a complete-game effort. Centralia scored once in the top of the sixth on a home run from Colton Hinricksen.
Lane plays at Centralia today in the final game of the series.
Titans defeat SWOCC in nonleague baseball
Shane Quarterley pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and Lane defeated Southwestern Oregon 5-2 in a nonleague NWAC baseball game on Thursday afternoon.
Trevor Casanova drove in two runs for the Titans (6-6), who will play Centralia in a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. today.
Titans build on last season
Lane baseball is off to a slow start after finishing third last year
By Jarrid Denney - For The Register-Guard
After a successful 2014 campaign, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Lane Community College baseball program.
The Titans finished third at last year’s Northwest Athletic Conference tournament and are ranked first in the NWAC preseason poll.
The Titans (5-6) enter Sunday’s 1 p.m. home opener against George Fox with one of the deepest pitching staffs in the conference.
Sophomore pitchers Travis Boggs and Shane Quarterley, who spent their prep careers at Elmira and Thurston, respectively, each earned all-NWAC South Region honors last season, and could see their roles expand this year.
Lane coach Josh Blunt said his bullpen could be even better this year, even with the possibility of both Boggs and Quarterley jumping into the starting rotation.
“We’re really, really deep on the mound,” Blunt said. “The problem we have is a good problem. We have really good arms on the back end of the bullpen.”
Blunt also mentioned freshman right-handers D.J. Wilson and Josh Overstreet as players who could contribute on the mound for the Titans later in the season. Overstreet has been hitting cleanup for the Titans and could end up spending time on the mound, as well as at multiple positions.
“(Overstreet) will do both at this level,” Blunt said. “I would say at the next level he’s a legit draft prospect and high Division I arm.”
Malik Evans, a pitcher from Marist by way of Springfield, and Kyle Watson, a utility player from Thurston, are also Titans with local ties who are expected to contribute.
Ultimately, the player who could decide how far the Titans go this year is another local talent — Jackson Bertsch, a University of Oregon signee who led Pleasant Hill to a Class 3A state championship in 2013.
Bertsch had a breakout performance in last year’s NWAC tournament, and with a 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame and a fastball that tops out at 93 mph, has pro scouts lined up to see what he does next.
“He’s going to be drafted somewhere between the third and 12th round this year,” Blunt said. “Almost every professional organization has already been in his house to do the interview process.”
Titan catcher Kyle Beam’s name has started to pop up on draft boards as well. The 2013 Class 5A player of the year from Hood River has already signed to play at Old Dominion next year.
With a fairly young roster, the Titans will look to Beam, as well as returning South Region all-stars Forrest Garcia and Darin Nelson, for leadership.
Garcia hit .343 while earning a gold glove in left field last season, and will hit leadoff for the Titans. Nelson hit .281 with 20 doubles last year, and will shift to second base after spending most of last season in left field.
Titans split two games at Lower Columbia
LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Lane baseball team split a doubleheader Friday with Lower Columbia at David Story Field, defeating the Red Devils 2-1 and losing 4-2.
The Titans scored in the top of the seventh in their victory to break a 1-1 tie and then held on in the final three inings despite being held to three hits in the game.
Forrest Garcia was 1-for-4 with a run scored for Lane.
In the second game, Lane avoided the shutout, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, but the Titans’ rally fell short. Kyle Beam and Kyle Henderson were each 2-for-5 for Lane.
Titans overwhelm Linn-Benton, 15-0
ALBANY — Shane Quarterley had three hits, including a double, and Lane rolled to a 15-0 victory over Linn-Benton in an NWAC baseball game that was stopped after seven innings by the 10-run rule Wednesday.
Forrest Garcia had two hits and scored four runs for Lane (2-3), and Tanner Galey earned the victory on the mound with three innings of scoreless relief.
The Titans play Lower Columbia on Friday and Saturday.
Titans split baseball doubleheader with Bellevue
WILSONVILLE — The Lane baseball team split a nonconference doubleheader with Bellevue on Sunday, taking the opener, 4-1, and dropping the nightcap, 2-0.
Sophomore left-hander Gerardo Herrera was credited with the victory for the Titans in the first game. Freshman Brad O’Connor took the loss in the night cap after Bellevue hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Titans play Linn-Benton at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Albany.