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Baseball: TCA hits road with program’s best seed

Published: May 7, 2014, 7:08 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

The Classical Academy earned the highest area seed for the Class 3A tournament, ranked 10th in District 6, situated at No. 7 Sterling. TCA (14-5) will play No. 23 Arrupe Jesuit (16-3).

The 10th seed is the highest seed in TCA’s history, though coach Justin Ross was hoping to host, the team still landed about where he expected.

“That’s a testament to our kids,” Ross said. “They’ve played hard, they improved.”

Arrupe presents an unknown factor for Ross and the Titans.

“I don’t know much about Arrupe Jesuit, except they’ve got the best record of any team in that bracket,” Ross said. “That’s the first game we’ve got to play and that’s the one we’ve got to be focused on.”

The last two seasons TCA has gone out in districts at a site hosted by perennial power Faith Christian. In those seasons, Ross went with his ace first and was deep enough to have a second pitcher for the second round. He’s not sure if his ace will throw first this year, or if he will switch it around.

“We will give Arrupe Jesuit everything we have,” Ross said. “We’re going to play that game as though it were the state championship game and then figure it out from there. I think overall we’re playing our best baseball by far right now.”

It helps that the Titans’ seven, eight and nine hitters are producing.

“If those guys are hitting, we’re going to be a tough out.”