Titans win fourth straight title, make Adult League history

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 19, 2013

Mike Smith pitched his heart out as well as etching the Titans into the Anchorage Adult League history book.

The powerful right-hander threw a 156-pitch complete game to highlight Sunday’s 16-7 victory over the Hornets at Mulcahy Stadium in Game 2 of the city tournament championship series, clinching a record fourth straight title for the Titans.

Nobody had won four in a row. Not the Studs. Not the Wolverines. Nobody. 

Until now.

Remember the Titans.

Smith scattered nine hits and five walks while striking out seven. He got stronger as the game wore on, needing eight pitches to get out of the first and seven to get out of the eighth. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, ending the game on a fly out to left field.

The Titans banged out 10 hits and drew 11 walks. Every starter scored at least once.

The top of the lineup was lethal, with the top three hitters reaching base nine times and scoring five times. Leadoff hitter Taylor Nerland went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. No. 2 hitter Danny Mascelli was 2-for-5 with two runs. And No. 3 hitter David Breck was 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs.

And then there was Charlton Ferreira – arguably the series MVP.

One day after throwing a complete-game gem to key a 5-1 win in Game 1, Ferreira made a difference in Game 2 with his offense by reaching base five times, scoring three runs and driving in one run with a double.

The Titans and Hornets were the two best teams this season. 

The Hornets rapped out nine hits with Ty Clapper and Juan Buck leading the charge, with each player going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jake Plansich reached base four times [BB, 1B, BB, HBP].

Both teams in the championship series were mostly comprised of former Alaska Legion and high school players, many of whom also played collegiately. Roughly 75 percent of the players in the 10-team Adult League participated in high school or Legion baseball in Alaska.

In addition, at least a dozen Adult League players are current Legion or high school coaches.