KANSAS – The ninth-seed Tri-County Titans entered the postseason on Monday, May 15 for a matchup with the tenth-seed Tuscola Warriors. Both teams entered the contest on the heels of two …
KANSAS – The ninth-seed Tri-County Titans entered the postseason on Monday, May 15 for a matchup with the tenth-seed Tuscola Warriors. Both teams entered the contest on the heels of two straight losses. After playing through regulation and then some, the Warriors survived and advanced with a 3-2 win, ending the Titans' season.
After a scoreless two innings of play, Tuscola struck first in the top of the third when Colton Musgrave singled to score Aiden Devlin to go up 1-0. Tri-County responded in the bottom of the frame as Gaige Cox singled to score Tyler VonLanken to tie the game at 1-1. The Titans then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Justin Robertson took the first pitch from JJ Reynolds deep to left field for a solo home run, giving the home squad a 2-1 lead.
The Warriors answered in the top of the sixth as Musgrave hit a solo home run to left field to tie the game at 2-2. Tri-County had an opportunity to end the game in the bottom of the seventh after Cox doubled to put runners on second and third. Jackson Ehlers was intentionally walked, loading the bases with nobody out.
Still, Tuscola slammed the door with three straight outs to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Warriors capitalized as Reynolds knocked a single to score Musgrave, putting Tuscola up 3-2. The Titans went down in order in the bottom of the frame to help the Warriors advance.
Tyler VonLanken went one for three with a double and a run scored while Justin Robertson was one for five with a home run, a run scored and an RBI. Jackson Ehlers went one for three. Caleb Brown finished up one for four.
Gaige Cox went the distance on the mound, going eight innings and giving up six hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out thirteen batters and walking one.
Cox went three for three with a double, a stolen base and an RBI.
The Titans finish the season at 3-17 overall and 2-8 in the Lincoln Prairie Conference.