Spencer Hamilton's one-run outing helps TCA win streak hit 11

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The Classical Academy is rolling, and the Titans are hoping it carries them right into the postseason.

TCA notched its 11th consecutive win behind a dominant performance from 6-foot-5, lanky lefty Spencer Hamilton.

The senior starter surrendered one run over six-plus innings in the Titans' 9-1 victory over Widefield on Tuesday.

"First inning came out strong, second inning I was lacking a little bit," said Hamilton, who struck out the side in the first and sixth innings and finished with 11 Ks. "I ended up finding my way as our innings progressed."

His lineup backed him early.

On a day where the Titans (13-3, 11-2 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) started eight seniors for their final high school home game at El Pomar, everyone took advantage of the playing time, scoring three in the second and three in the third. Every batter reached base for the Titans. And the bottom of the order was a big part.

The Nos. 7-9 spots went a combined 8 for 10 with five runs and two runs batted in.

"Honestly, I have ... tried to give as many guys as many innings as I can," TCA coach Bart Jennings said. "Because if we are going to make a playoff run of any kind, we're going to need people ready to play. I think you're seeing guys scrap to say, 'Coach, I can start for you too.' If you can do that at the end of the year as a coach and have this kind of season we're having, it tells me they still want it."

Seven-hole hitter Drew Chumbley went 2 for 3 with three runs, a walk and a triple.

"We've been working on every single person being able to hit, being able to come through in the spot they're in," said Chumbley, who noted he's started half the team's games. "We expected it to go that way."

It helped that the Titans drew four walks and were hit four times.

"At any level you give up freebies, whether it's little guys or major leagues, they always come back to haunt you," Widefield coach John Sanchez said. "(Starter) Steven (Starke) had been throwing well all season. It was just a bad day."

The Titans entered the day 19th in the RPI standings. The win should help them climb closer to a playoff spot - no more than 10 league champs are guaranteed a playoff berth followed by the next 22 or 23 teams in the RPI standings.

Since a three-game losing streak, which included dropping two to league champ Cañon City, the Titans haven't lost.

"After that week of three losses, we said we wouldn't lose another game," Chumbley said. "And we haven't."

Hamilton also picked off two Gladiators (7-11, 7-6). He allowed three hits and two walks, the last walk pushing him over 90 pitches and prompting Jennings to go to a reliever, who cinched the 11th straight victory.

"It's just a combination of playing well from all of us," said Hamilton, who is headed to pitch for St. Cloud State in the fall. "We've got the hitting, we've got the pitching down. Now it's just about keeping it that way, making sure we're attacking each team the same."