Matt Orth(Southwest Guilford HS) leads GTCC Titans to Doubleheader Sweep:Lots of locals in the winning effort

*****Orth(SWG), Kaplan(NG), Cox(NWG), Michalski(WES), Smith(ER)….Check out the local talent for the GTCC Titans this season.*****

GTCC’s baseball team got off to can exciting start for the 2015 campaign by sweeping a double header from visiting Surry Community College in a pair of 1-run games. In Game 1, the Titans rallied from a 2-run deficit twice in the last two innings to tie the score and force extra innings. In the bottom of the ninth, Titan redshirt freshman Matt Orth (SW Guilford) crushed a 1-out double off the right field fence to score the winning run and seal the victory for GTCC 7-6. Game 2 saw Matt Orth provide all the offense the Titans would need by crushing 2 solo home runs en route to a 2-1 Titan win.

Game 1 saw Surry hold a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning. The Titans rallied for 3 scores in the bottom of the 6th behind a 2-run double from Orth and an RBI single from sophomore Cody Killon. Surry regained the lead with 2 runs in the top of the 7th. However the Titans rallied once again to plate 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th behind an RBI double by Dillon Cox (NW Guilford) and a bases loaded walk to Zach Michalski (Wesleyan). In the bottom of the 9th inning, Dalton Smith (Eastern Randolph) and Dillon Cabe started the Titan rally with consecutive singles. Then with 1 out, Matt Orth lined a shot of the top of the right field fence to win the game for the Titans. Sean Burke picked up the victory for GTCC by tossing 2 scoreless innings of relief.

In Game 2, Matt Orth continue his heroics by smashing solo home runs in the 1st and 5th innings to lead the Titans to a 2-1 victory. Kanoa Hironaka tossed 4 scoreless innings for the Titans to pick up the win. Matt Kaplan (Northern Guilford) picked up the save by keeping Surry at bay for the final 3 innings.

The Titans return to action this weekend as they travel to Wake Tech for a double header on Saturday and return home for another doubleheader on Sunday. Both game times are at 1:00. GTCC’s home games are played at Ragsdale High School.

Line Scores

GAME 1                           R    H     E
SurryCC     011    002    200    6    8     1
GTCC        001    003    201    7    12    2

WP- Burke (1-0)
Hitters- Matt Orth 2-5 w/ 2 doubles and 3 RBI, Zach Michalski 2-3 w/ solo HR and 2 RBI, Dalton Smith 2-4 w/ 1 RBI

GAME 2                              R    H    E
Surry CC     000    000    1        1    3    3
GTCC         100    010    x        2    4    0

WP- Hironaka (1-0)
Save- Kaplan (1)
Hitters- Matt Orth 2-3 w/ 2 solo HR

John Barrow
Head Baseball Coach
Guilford Technical Community College