Over five innings Wednesday afternoon, host Southgate Anderson was held scoreless and managed just three base runners.
In the bottom six, each of Anderson’s first three batters reached base. Juan Llanes stepped up to the plate and threw a ball to deep left field that hit the three-pointer.
Although Llanes was ejected on third base, his trio of RBIs ultimately led to a 3-2 victory for the Titans.
It was the first win of the year for Anderson, who improved to 1-2 on aggregate and in the Downriver League. The Jaguars slipped to 3-6 and 1-2 in the DRL.
Both starting pitchers were solid Wednesday.
Ryan Kruzak of the Titans pitched six innings and allowed just one (unearned) run in the winning effort. He struck out eight batters and allowed three hits and three walks.
Jack Stickler got the go-ahead for Allen Park and pitched over five innings without giving up a hit. Along the way, he fanned seven and allowed five walks while two earned runs were charged to him.
Early in the first, Stickler scored a double with two outs. Thomas David Jr. came on as a courtesy runner and took third on wild terrain. Cooper Johnson picked and tackled David to put the Greens and Whites ahead 1-0.
An inning later, the Jags had runners in second and third with just one out. Kruzak came out of the jam, as he retired the next two batters with a popup and a fly ball.
Allen Park again had two men in the fourth. This time around, the Titans doubled up a runner at second to end the inning.
For Anderson, Kruzak and Llanes made back-to-back walks for Anderson late in the fourth, but an out and out ended the inning.
To start the bottom of the sixth, Brayden Camaratta and Gavin White drew back-to-back walks for the Titans. Camden Johnson had come onto the pitch with a 3-0 tally over White.
With two men on him, Kruzak then had a bunt and was able to reach the first one safely to load the bases.
Next up was Llanes, who threw a 1-1 pitch to deep left field. Camaratta, White and Kurzak all ran through home plate to give the home side a 3-1 lead. Llanes attempted to stretch a double to a triple and was ejected at third base.
The Jags quickly managed to equalize after Michael Junkin reached an error and Michael Aguilar walked. Santana Villarreal returned Jake Peer, who had come in to throw in the seventh, and he advanced both runners on the sacrifice.
A ground ball hit by Bastien allowed Junkin to score and reduce Allen Park’s deficit to one.
But Peer grounded the next batter and secured the Titans’ one-run victory.
Both teams had to play again the next day, because
The Titans were due to visit Gibraltar Carlson on Saturday and they were due to host nearby Riverview Gabriel Richard on Saturday.
Allen Park was scheduled to visit Taylor High the next day and the team had a non-league home doubles game scheduled for Saturday against New Boston Huron.