TCA baseball triumphs in snowy league contest against Mitchell

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Photo - Mitchell's second baseman is passed the ball as TCA's John Bull slides into second on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Mitchell. TCA defeated Mitchell 17-5.
Mitchell's second baseman is passed the ball as TCA's John Bull slides into second on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Mitchell. TCA defeated Mitchell 17-5.

The Classical Academy and Mitchell baseball teams proved their toughness Friday afternoon, playing part of their 4A Colorado Springs Metro League game amid temperatures in the 30s, strong winds and falling snow.

TCA proved its winning streak is not accidental by topping Mitchell 17-5 in a game shortened to three innings due to weather.

TCA scored three more runs with no outs at the top of the fourth inning, which would have made the game 20-5, but the Mitchell athletic department confirmed the three runs would not count due to TCA not having equal at-bats.

By the third inning, light snow began to fall on the Mitchell baseball field while players, coaches and fans tried to stay warm.

"It's tough," Mitchell coach Brian Hargrove said, referring to the weather. "But at the end of the day, it's Colorado Springs."

The Titans (6-5, 3-0 4A CSML) extended their winning streak to six games after starting the season with five straight losses. They are coming off an 8-10 record in 2017.

"It started off rough and rocky," Titans coach Charlie Hillman said about the season, "but we're coming along and playing as a team now. We're starting to get a feel for each other and the kids are starting to get a feel of the brotherhood next to them."

He added, "Hopefully, good things to come in the future."

Good things happened to the Titans early on Friday, as they jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first inning. They scored eight more runs in the third inning, extending their advantage to 17-2.

Kyle Mace led TCA by going 4 for 4 with four RBIs, while teammate Matt Roper was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Ethan Boyles started on the mound and pitched two innings with two strikeouts.

Both Bennie Bridenthal and Noah Cisna finished with two hits for Mitchell (5-8, 1-3), which has suffered five straight losses.

"Even with the loss we still played hard," said Hargrove. "We still stayed focused, we stayed in the game."

Players covered their faces with masks and kept their hands in their pockets, while a few defenders were jumping in place between plays to keep themselves warm.

"Of course you're going to have kids complain about it being cold," said Hillman, the TCA coach, "but they came through and got the win."