Raiders celebrate their 4th straight West Division Title, after defeating TCC, 11-3.
The Pierce Raiders stormed the field at Tacoma Community College’s Minitti Field for the second time in three years, after capturing the program’s 4th straight West Division Title. In the winner-take-all final game of the season, the Raiders came back from a 3-2 deficit, scoring 9 runs in their final at bat to take an 11-3 victory and the Division crown.
The two teams entered the weekend tied for first place in the West, with identical 19-2 records. After sweeping TCC at home on Saturday — 8-2 and 6-4 — Pierce needed just one win on Sunday to bring home the title. After losing the first game on Sunday, 3-1, despite solid pitching by freshman leftie Cobi Beal, Head Coach Kevin Davis put the fate of the Raiders’ season on the arm of sophomore pitcher Cole Uvila. Uvila allowed just 1 hit through the first four innings of the 7-inning finale, and the Raiders posted 2 runs in the top of the second, to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom half of the fifth inning. That’s when the Titans found life and put up 3 runs to take a 3-2 lead. Both teams went scoreless through the 6th, bringing the Raiders up for their final at bat, down by a run.
In the 7th, the Raiders found their bats and rolled through Tacoma’s bullpen, with 14 Raiders coming to plate in the 9-run outburst.
DJ Gee’s game winning 2-run double proved to be the eventual game winner in the season finale at TCC.
Sophomore standout, and Division MVP candidate, DJ Gee drove a screaming double into the left field corner scoring the 2 runs that would be the eventual game winners. Gee collected 4 hits in his 8 plate appearances on the day, scoring 3 runs, and driving in the 2 most important runs of the Raiders’ season. DJ Elmer, Colton Nash, Jarred Prather, Josh McCoy, and Jeff Nelson, all had singles in the inning that staked the Raiders to their 8-run lead.
The Titan’s had a lead off single to start their half of the 7th, which was quickly turned into a double play by Pierce. The game, and regular season ended on a soft ground ball to substitute first baseman DJ Elmer, who stepped on the bag, and the celebration began.
DJ Elmer steps on the bag for the final out and runs to join the dog pile.
Tyson Erickson came on in relief of Uvila to pitch the final two innings for Pierce and faced the minimum 6 batters, giving up just one hit.
The win also clinched the #1 seed from the West Division going into the NWAACC Championship Tournament. This will be the Raiders’ 5th straight trip to NWAACC’s – a program record. The 8-team double-elimination tournament opens this Thursday, with the Raiders taking on Columbia Basin, the #2 seed from the East Division. Game time is at 7:35 p.m., at Storey Field, on the campus of host Lower Columbia College, in Longview. All tournament games will be radio broadcast on the internet at www.klog.com
; and, live game stats, game results, and updated bracket information will be available at www.nwaacc.org
Your 2014 WEST DIVISION CHAMPIONS!!!