Roadrunners Season Ended After Falling to Lane in NWAC Championship Tournament

LONGVIEW, Washington – The Linn-Benton Baseball teams season ended in the third round of the NWAC Championship after falling to Lane Community College 3-2 on Saturday, May 27. 

The Roadrunners end the season with an overall record of 29-17, and 23-13 in the NWAC South Region. 

The Titans will move on to play Spokane Community College on Sunday,  May 28, in an elimination game. The winner of that game will await the results of Tacoma vs. Lower Columbia to determine the opponent. 

The Roadrunners picked up their two lone runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning after a single from freshmen Spencer Sullivan and a sacrifice fly from Daniel Pruitt. 

Roadrunners pitcher Dylan Rush went 7 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 9 hits, and striking out 2. Camden Stephens was perfect in relief of Rush going 2 innings and striking out 2. 

Titans pitcher Cole Calnon shut down the Roadrunners offense after the first inning, going 9 innings allowing 2 earned runs, on 7 hits, walking 2, while striking out 6. 

Although the Roadrunners fell short of the elusive back-to-back championships, the program still has plenty to be proud of. Winning the NWAC South Region Title for the sixth consecutive time, while having seven different players make first or second team all-conference, including Most Valuable Player of the South Region Titus Dumitru. 

The Roadrunners will head into the offseason losing 12 graduating sophomores, but having already signed 10 different athletes from the class of 2023.  

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