The Taylor baseball team split a double header with Northfield Saturday at Phares Field. The Titans dropped game 1 12-4. Jayden Davis took the loss on the mound. He went three innings, giving up 5 earned runs, on 6 hits, 4 walks, and he had one strikeout. Eli Harris pitched 3 innings in relief and he gave up 1 run on 2 hits, 1 walk, and one strikeout. The Titans got the game to within 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning however, they tallied 6 errors, and those errors put the game out of reach for the Titans. At the plate, the Titans righted the ship from their previous 3 games putting up 4 runs on 8 hits. the last 3 games combined the Titans only tallied 1 run on 7 hits. Taylor was led by Clay Brubaker, who had a RBI double, Jayden Davis added two singles, and Owen Farrington had a 2-RBI single. Coach Dill noted that he Eli Harris did a great job in relief, but errors were too much and the young Titans gave away to many extra outs and it cost them the game. He gave credit to Northfield for capitalizing on those mistakes, and timely hitting. He said walks played a role as well. It seems as if every walk we give up those runs score. Coach was also happy with a slightly improved approach at the plate for some of the Titans hitters.
Taylor bounced back in the second game with a 10-9 walk off win in the bottom of the 7th inning. BJ Pemberton Started the game on the mound and went 6 innings giving up 7 earned runs on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 4 Strikeouts. Nathan Keene came on in relief in the 7th inning and got his first varsity win. He gave up 2 runs on 1 hit, and 3 walks. The Titans went up 3-1 in the bottom of the 1st inning, but quickly gave up the lead in the top of the 2nd giving up a 3 spot. Taylor brought it back to a tie in the bottom of the 4th, but gave that lead away in the top of the 5th allowing a 4-run inning by Northfield. In the top of the 7th inning, Northfield added 2 more runs to make it 9-5. In the bottom half of the inning though, Taylor managed to put one of their best innings to gather of the young season. Nathan Keene ,4-5 on the day, started the rally with a single, Clay Brubaker, 2-5 on the day, moved Keene over to second with a single, Owen Farrington loaded the bases with his walk, and Jayden Davis reached base on a sharply hit grounder to the second basemen scoring 2 runs.Owen Farringto then reached third on a passed ball and Jayden Davis moved to second base on the same pitch. Then Michael Pemberton hit into a fielders choice that scored Owen Farrington and moved Jayden Davis to third base. Jaylen Harris tied the game 9-9 with an infield single that scored Davis, and Eli Harris moved Jaylen to third, on a double to left field. With 2-outs, Nathan Keene came to the plate when Northfield intentionally walked Trower Davis to load the bases, and he didn’t disappoint,he singled in the winning run to put the Titans on top. Coach Dill said, he couldn’t be prouder of the guys will to keep fighting. He said the boys came out today and hit the ball better than they have all year, and he believes that this was due in part to a lot of the players staying after practice on Friday to get extra reps in the cage on their own. He said, he believed all 3 Seniors were started to be more vocal leaders and that helps make us better. He also noted that all the young players have stepped up and filled in nicely in the absence of some key players, “we have been limited this week because of some injuries, and grade issues with some guys, and its really forced us to play some freshman and sophomores that we wanted to pick spots to where they could see some success, but the limited amount of bench players forced those guys right in and they had to be thrown to wolves in a sense. I believe we will look back on this week as a blessing, because the young guys proved they can play now if we need them and it got them some much needed experience. More importantly we learned a lot about them, they learned a lot about themselves, and it created some depth where if we get into this situation again they we will have confidence that they can step up and do the job.” Coach pointed out that the Titans team can be as good as the players want to be, and he believes that all rests on how wiling they are to work on their own time at getting better. Taylor starts conference play Tuesday, at home vs Tri-Central, at 5pm.