Before Monday night’s season-opening baseball game, Bruce Davis shrugged off the hype. Baseball is just baseball, he said, whether you’re wearing red or purple or black.
Red and purple were the colors of the Montgomery-Lonsdale and Le Center school districts, respectively, before they consolidated into Tri City United. At Monday night’s game against Mayer Lutheran, Davis’s Titans were wearing new black and silver jerseys—but he said his players didn’t care. They just wanted to play baseball.
And that they did in their first-ever performance as a Titans squad, en route to a 9-2 win over the Crusaders. Both Coach Davis and Mayer Lutheran head coach David Lane told KCHK before the game that their most important battles would be throwing consistent strikes from the mound. For TCU, the pitching challenge looked easy as Trevor Turek had a strong start, striking out seven of the first nine batters he faced. Conversely, Mayer Lutheran pitchers struggled through almost one new pitcher each inning, and in one inning saw wild pitches hit four batters.
The Titans were able to produce runs in all but the second and fourth innings, including a three-run third, and a big solo blast in the fifth inning from Ryan Iverson—the “first ever” TCU homerun. Iverson and Brad Flicek each scored two run for the Titans, and Justin Bastyr went 3 for 4 with a single and a double.
The Crusaders’ two runs came in the fourth inning thanks in part to singles from Erich Strehlke, Aaron Luehrs, and Will Janke, and with help from two defensive errors from the Titans. Mayer Lutheran will take the rest of the week off as the school enjoys Spring Break, and will face Le Sueur-Henderson next Monday.
Tri City United will need to make adjustments quickly as the Titans head back to the diamond again Thursday to host Jordan.