The Sideline

In a baseball game with a combined 14 walks and less-than stellar defense, the Stadium Tigers defeated the Foss Falcons by a score of 8-4 on Monday afternoon at Foss Field in a game that witnessed both teams strand a total of 28 base runners.

Left fielder Tyler Mick lead the Stadium attack by going two-for-four with two runs and a run-batted-in. Center fielder Marcus Ransom lead Foss with two hits and an RBI.

Falcon starting pitcher Brady Todhunter threw four effective innings for Foss, while Tiger starter Donovan Castro struggled to find the plate. He walked eight batters in four innings, but ultimately stranded nine Falcons to keep the Tigers in the contest.

The game broke open in the fifth when the Falcon defense allowed Stadium to score six times to turn a 2-4 Tiger deficit into a 8-4 Tiger victory.

Marcus Trufant is calling it a day and is doing it as a Seattle Seahawk. The 10-year NFL cornerback has re-signed with the team and will officially retire from the league.

The former Wilson Ram standout and All-American at Washington State University spent his entire playing career with Seattle after being selected eleventh in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Trufant started 125 games for the Seahawks and remains fifth in the team's record books with 21 interceptions. He recorded 646 tackles in his career and was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2007 when he logged 85 tackles and 7 interceptions - one for a touchdown.

In 2010 Trufant was named to the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary team. He is a future shoe-in for the Seahawks Ring of Honor and started for the team in Superbowl XL.

Before he makes his return trip to the mound for the Seattle Mariners, former Tacoma Rainier Taijuan Walker will take the mound tonight at Cheney Stadium as he nears the end of rehabilitating his sore shoulder.

The Rainiers are offering up a sweet ticket deal to celebrate Walker's return. $10 gets you a reserved-seat ticket, a hot dog, bag of chips and a drink. No we're not kidding.

For those 21 and up, the Rainiers are also offering $15 Terrace tickets with $5 domestic beers and $5 hot dogs all night long.

The Tacoma Rainiers host the Salt Lake Bees at 6:00 tonight. The Tacoma Weekly will be there covering the happenings.

An errant Mount Tahoma handball in the box put Decatur’s Marco Bravo in position to put his team ahead 1-0 just ten minutes into the April 1 Tuesday night non-league match and the senior punched it into the back of the net at Mt Tahoma Stadium.

For the next seventy minutes Mt Tahoma (1-3-1) controlled the ball, dictated the flow of the game and had several chances for an equalizer goal, let alone a handful more. Instead, the Thunderbirds were plagued by numerous offside calls, poorly struck kicks in front of the goal and a few headers that were almost good enough.

The Gators (2-1) played a strong game, especially freshman goalkeeper Jose Barbosa, who saw nothing but Mt Tahoma runs and corner kicks at the Decatur goal for most of the match.

“The last couple of years I maybe wouldn’t have wanted to even schedule a game against Decatur because I might be afraid of what might happen,” said MT coach Scott Nelson. “So now I think it shows the advancement of the program. I can take guys off the bench and they still contribute. It’s not like we’ve got seven or eight players and everybody else is kind of making up the numbers. I’ve got a real squad here.”

Thirty minutes into the match, Mt Tahoma’s Shina Arborowa punched a near-perfect left-footed crossing pass from outside of the box that Vitaliy Dimov headed just a foot over the crossbar.

“That header was a little too high. I tried to get it in there,” said Dimov. ““I think we controlled this game and our other two losses, but we just didn’t finish the game.”

Dimov and the Thunderbirds had numerous opportunities in the second half but were whistled for 3 offside penalties within the first five minutes that looked to be solid chances. Eleven minutes in Anthony Garibaldi saw an uncontested 10-yard kick sail just right of the goal.

It would be a trend for Mt Tahoma the remainder of the half. While constantly pressuring and on the attack, the results were offside, wide-right, over the crossbar or wide-left.

“If we play the same, control the game and just finish, we’ll start winning,” Dimov said. “We want to win league, but we’ve got to get some goals to get some wins.”

Coach Nelson felt confident following the game that his squad was getting very close to turning the corner on the season and becoming a threat in the 3A Narrows League race.

“You don’t get points for style or for the number of shots and possessions and things like that,” Nelson said. “You get points for goals in the net and that’s the part we’ve got to work on. I feel like we’ve got the personnel to win games and do well enough to make the playoffs and that’s our goal. Next up we’ve got Wilson and that game’s for real.”

Mt Tahoma hosts Wilson at 6:30 p.m. April 15.

Following possibly the roughest season in school history, Mount Tahoma High School has hired Ricky Daley to take over the Thunderbird football program.

Daley has been an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound since 2007; most recently coaching tight ends. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he was an Academic All-Conference wide receiver, Daley is also an Investigator for Child Protective Services.

“I look forward to bringing some excitement and success to the Thunderbird program,” said Daley. “I want to get the numbers back up with our turnout, get those young student-athletes excited about playing football, and see them have fun doing it.”

Daley will have his work cut out for him. Mount Tahoma suffered through a winless 0-10 season in 2013, losing each game by an average of 48-3. Former head coach Kevin Hanis resigned from the program at the end of the season.

Many Tacomans still remember the back-to-back undefeated State AAA Championships the Thunderbirds rattled off in 1979 and 1980. Perhaps change is in the wind.

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