In the first ever Tri-City United “Youth Baseball Night” at the ballpark, the youngsters might have been better suited closing their eyes when watching Titan baseball. (3-7)TCU falls to (5-5) Belle Plaine 16-5 at Memorial Park Monday night.
In only his second start this season, David Trcka lasted 4.2 innings giving up eight runs on five hits. A strong outing that was rendered rather unsatisfying due to lackluster fielding behind him. Only six runs that Trcka surrendered were earned, which in itself isn’t that spectacular. But when you account for the fact that five of those runs came with two outs on the board it’s harder to stomach. Getting that third out seemed to elude the Titans all night long.
“We were right where we wanted to be then the wheels kind of came off,” Titans Manager Bruce Davis said, “Few plays that we probably should have made…didn’t. Then you can see what happens in the Minnesota River Conference, you give people too many chances and things happen.”
The Tigers put up two runs in the top of the first. Trcka struck out Nick Eliason to lead things off, but a Dalton Zeug error at second put Zach Juaire on first. The next two batters would reach to load the bases before Aaron Bigouette connected with two outs on a two run double to left field.
The Titans would get one run back in the bottom of the first then take the lead 3-2 in the second as Trcka, Greg Rynda and Jared Schloesser would reach as the first three batters of the inning.
However three runs in the third and fifth from Belle Plaine put the Tigers up for good. Not to mention a six spot in the sixth with the squad batting through the order. Tigers Manager Pat Schultz called it a team effort.
“We had a lot of guys step up really well. Zach Juaire (had 3) hits really drove the ball well…you know we had some guys step up early that really swung that bat nice for us. It was fun to see.”
The Titans committed five errors, bringing their season total to 29 through 11 regular season games. And for a team that, cumulatively, has outscored their opponents…it’s evident why they are the seventh ranked team in a Minnesota River Conference of eight teams.
With the loss Tri-City United drops to 3-6 on the season and will travel to Jordan on Thursday.
Belle Plaine improves to 5-5 with the win and can move into a tie for second in the conference with a win on Thursday against Norwood Young America.