The Lane Titans baseball team opened its conference play against the Mt. Hood St. Bernards in a five-game series. The Titans won the first game and earned the shutout at Titan Field, 3-0 on Apr. 3. The Titans then traveled to Gresham and lost back-to-back games on Apr. 8. In the final two games of the series, the Titans hosted the St. Bernards, again at Titan Field, hoping for a better result that they got over the weekend.
In their first game of a doubleheader on Apr. 9, the Titans squeezed by Mt. Hood with a 3-2 victory.
Mt. Hood wasted no time getting on the scoreboard first when outfielder Jason Garcia batted in one runner to put the St. Bernards ahead early. Through the first five innings Mt. Hood racked up five hits and two runs. Meanwhile, Lane was struggling to make contact on the ball with just one hit and one run in the first five innings.
The bottom of the sixth inning was the turning point in the game as Lane starting catcher Jimmy McDonald hit a shallow single to right field which drove in sophomores Tielar Murray and Lane Kashiwamura. The Titans regained the lead, 3-2 as McDonald got credit for two RBI’s.
Following the end of the third inning, Lane did not allow any hits or runs from Mt. Hood. This helped them secure a 3-2 victory in the first of two games on Apr. 9. Lane pitcher Jesse Davis earned the win, striking out five batters and allowing just five hits. Aaron Hutchinson picked up the save on the mound for Lane.
It was three batters up, three batters down for Mt. Hood in the first inning of the second game of the afternoon doubleheader. Freshman Charlie Patterson earned the start on the mound for the Titans. In four and a half innings Patterson allowed just one hit and struck out five Mt. Hood batters, two in the first inning.
It took the Titans more than three innings to get points on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the fourth inning Lane outfielder, Tim Storms drove in two runs when he hit a double to center field to give the Titans their first lead of the game, 2-1.
It was a busy fifth inning for both teams. Mt. Hood recorded one hit and also scored one run to tie the score at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Titan outfielder Colton Sakamoto recorded his second hit of the afternoon on a fly ball to outfield. Soto followed his lead and smashed a double past the Mt. Hood outfielder which drove in Sakamoto and landed himself on second. After he put himself in scoring position, Hank Forrest hit another double and pushed the Lane lead to 4-2.
Later in the sixth inning, Sakamoto batted in two RBI’s and Lane continued to perform on the offensive end extending their lead to 6-2. Lane shutout Mt. Hood in the final inning to secure their third conference victory of the season. With their victory, Lane jumped into third place in the Southern Region conference. They continue their conference play when they play the Clark College Penguins in a five-game series starting on Apr. 10. Clark is currently second in the NWAC standings.