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Titans struggle at plate in one-run loss to Indians

May 28, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

GRAETTINGER - Giving up just three hits, Tyler Petersen gave his team a good chance to win against Pocahontas Area on Tuesday.

But Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire could only manage one hit on the night off Jacob Kopriva in a 2-1 loss to the Indians.

Pocahontas scored first in the top of the second inning as Logan Jepsen led off with a double and scored on a single by Brandon Hersom.

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Despite stumbling, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire third baseman Cody Ferguson holds on to the fly ball he caught for the first out of the game against Pocahontas Area on Tuesday. Shortstop Blaze Alesch applauds the play.
EDN photo by David Swartz

GTRA got out of the inning as Petersen recorded his first strikeout followed by a single, a groundout and a pop up.

The Titans got that one run right back in the bottom of the inning. Kyle Dalen led off with a double, the team's only hit of the game. Petersen then drew a walk. Dalen then stole third and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Petersen was left stranded on third after a pop up, a strikeout and another pop up.

In the top of the third, Petersen gave up pair of walks to start the winning. After right fielder Zach Chicoine snagged a line drive for the first out, Pocahontas' Jepsen hit a grounder deep to second baseman Alex Hoffman. Hoffman only had the play at first as Jacob Kopriva scored for third base.

GTRA only had runners in scoring position twice. In the bottom of the third, Logan Flaharty and Blaze Alesch both reached base on errors. But after a strikeout, a pop-up by Dalen was turned into a double play, as Flaharty didn't get back to second in time.

In the sixth inning with one out, Michael Girres was hit by a pitch. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. But he was unable to score when Flaharty grounded out to first base and Alesch popped up to the Pocahontas shortstop.

Neither team had a baserunner the final two innings.

Petersen, who walked just two batters and hit one, recorded four of his seven strikeouts in the final two innings.

But at the plate, the Titans grounded out three times in the sixth inning and popped up three times in the seventh inning with the game ending on a diving catch in foul territory by the Pocahontas first baseman.

GTRA (0-2 overall) is scheduled to host Trinity Christian in Ruthven tonight. The Titans host North Union in a doubleheader next Monday for the first Cornbelt Conference games.



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