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Titans end Warriors' 17-game district win streak

March 15, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.

Victoria West's Blake Staff slides safely into second while East's Jonathan Ortega reaches for the tag.

Seth Christian ran through a stop sign at third base, but the senior's daring play began a rally that toppled a winning streak.

Victoria East coach Wes Kolle had both arms extended and his knees bent, telling Christian to stop, but he kept on going.

The Titans (10-8-1, 3-0) rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to beat Victoria West 6-4 on Friday night. Entering the game, West (8-8-1, 1-1) had won 17 straight District 30-4A contests.

"It wasn't a pretty game by any means," Kolle said when asked about Christian dashing past his sign after Tim Gleinser singled to right field. "It was an ugly win, but at the end of the day, it is a win, and we'll take it. We had the meat of our order coming up and didn't want to make the first out of the inning at home plate. Fortunately, it worked out in our favor tonight."

Trey Thormahlen's single in the sixth drove in the difference in the game. Cleanup hitter Hunter Perkins drove in a run in the fifth. Combined, the duo was 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBIs.

Perkins pitched a perfect seventh inning to conclude a game where he did not allow an earned run.

A trio of Titans' errors helped West score four unearned runs in the first inning. Through two 30-4A games, the Warriors have scored eight runs; however, six have been unearned.

When Grant McDaniel flew out to shallow right field to end the game, he was the 10th straight Warrior retired by Perkins and the 20th consecutive batter who failed to record a hit.

"We just stopped putting the ball in play," West baseball coach Manuel Alvarado said. "Hunter did a good job of keeping us off balance after the first inning. We played good enough to win, but you have to put the ball in play, plain and simple."

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