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May 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Casper crushes 12th homer to lead Tahoma over ER, 3-1

Jared Casper crushed his school-record 12th home run on the first pitch he saw against Emerald Ridge, a two-run shot in the first inning, to lead Tahoma to a 3-1 victory in a seeding game of the South Puget Sound League 4A baseball tournament today at Kent-Memorial Park.

Casper, a senior second baseman who said he plans to play at Bellevue Community College, had seven home runs in a recent four-game stretch to tie the school record of 11. Now it’s all his.

Capser had just six home runs last season. Asked about the recent power surge, he couldn’t really explain.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t really know,” he said. “I’m just really focused. I’m picking up the ball really well off the pitcher’s hand. I’m really just trying to make good contact and hit it hard.”

Brian Olson drove in Tahoma’s only other run with a two-out double in the third. Emerald Ridge got its lone run on an RBI single by Keith Broadwell in the second.

Chris Kerwood, a 6-foot-4 junior, came within one out of pitching a complete game, but an error left runners at first and third. Casper took over in relief and needed just two pitches to pick up his first save of the year.

Kerwood scattered six hits, struck out three and walked one to improve to 5-1 on the season.

Zack Cloe took the loss despite striking out 10 amd allowing juist five hits.

Tahoma (14-7) advaces to the West Central District tournament as the No. 5 SPSL seed and plays next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heidelberg against Bellarmine Prep, the No. 5 Narrows seed.

Emerald Ridge (15-7) is the SPSL No. 6 seed and faces South Kitsap (Narrows No. 4) at 2 p.m. at Kent Memorial Park.

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