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Anderson's Tyler Hall went eight innings and gave up only one run in the Titan's second game of a doubleheader at Carlson on Tuesday.


BASEBALL: Anderson sweeps Carlson in doubleheader (PHOTO)

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Although results were the same, the two games of Tuesday’s doubleheader played between Gibraltar Carlson and Southgate Anderson could not have gone much more differently.

To start the day, the Titans (11-4, 7-2) crushed the host Marauders (6-12, 3-8) 16-2 in what was a five-inning mercy. In the nightcap the teams played into the tenth inning tied 1-1 before a sacrifice fly earned Anderson a 2-1 victory.

Despite the better effort in the second contest, Carlson coach Chris Elliott said both of Tuesday’s defeats stung just as much.

“I know we battled, but a loss is a loss,” Elliott said. “16-2 or 2-1 in 10 (innings), it’s still a loss. As hard as we work around here, today is awful tough to stomach.”

The Titans struck quickly in the first game and went up 2-0 in the first inning with an RBI each from Tyler Shumake and Greg Galetto.

Troy Roberts answered for the Marauders in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly that drove in Ramon Hollis and cut the deficit to 2-1.

In the top of the third, Shane Freitag knocked in Paul Sullivan with a sacrifice fly and Tyler Hall was able to score on a passed ball, which put the Titans up 4-1. For the game, Sullivan would score four times and Hall would cross the plate three times.

Anderson’s ability to battle in games and score runs could be key factors in helping the squad win the Downriver League and advance later in the district playoffs, Hall said.

“We fight,” he said. “We fight a lot and I think that’s really going to help us in the long run.”

The Marauders added one more run in the bottom of the third inning, also knocked in by Roberts, but it was all they would manage in the contest.

Schumake drove in two more runs in the fourth inning for the Titans, while senior Gabe Becker knocked in one, as well, which gave Anderson a 7-2 lead.

A fifth-inning offensive explosion by the Titans, coupled with six errors committed by the Marauders, put the game away. Before it was over, Anderson sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs.

Galetto, who finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBIs, had the big blast of the inning, which was a bases-loaded double that scored all three runners aboard. Freitag and Becker added an RBI each, as well, in the fifth inning.

Overall, Carlson pitching allowed 10 hits, four walks and two hit batters in the first contest.

The second game, however, featured a gutsy pitching performance Marauders’ starter Antonio Hollis, who threw into the tenth inning and allowed only two runs, four hits and one walk.

Hollis’ pitching, combined with improved defense by Carlson, greatly limited the Titans’ scoring chances in the second game. Unfortunately for the Marauders, Anderson answered with Hall on the mound, who was equally effective. Hall went eight innings, gave up only one run and allowed just two walks.

Also, despite the improved play in the field, the Carlson still made two miscues that ultimately cost them the game.

With the Titans serving as home team in the second game, Sullivan batted in the bottom of the third inning and hit a ground ball on the infield. A bad throw to get him out at first base allowed Kyle Riddle to come around and cross the plate.

Carlson tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning when Ramon Hollis stepped to the plate and hit a single that scored Kyle Howard.

Every inning after, the Marauders had at least one runner on base, but could never capitalize.

Anderson coach Dave Fast brought in Brandon Ostrowski to relieve Hall in the ninth. Ostrowski allowed two base runners in each of the two innings he worked, but escaped both situations unscathed.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Titans finally wrapped it up.

Galetto led off the inning and reached with a single. Riddle moved Galetto up to second with a bunt, but a throwing error allowed him to take third, as well. Ostrowski then stepped to the plate and promptly smacked a fly ball deep enough for Galetto to tag up and come home with the winning run.

Fast said that having strong players on his bench, such as Ostrowski, has continued to give his team an edge in 2013.

“From the get go I’ve liked our depth,” Fast said. “We’ve got a lot of options and a lot of kids to go to. Baseball is a long season, so we just have to find ways to win.”

Up next for the Titans is a home game Thursday against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. The next scheduled action for Carlson is a doubleheader next Tuesday at Woodhaven.

Last Updated: 5/8/2013 8:42:39 AM EST