Bierfeldt homers, Dierke tosses six scoreless as Titans top Dirt Dawgs
Wachusett - All-Stars Conor Bierfeldt and Tyler Dierke were recently honored for their performances in July and showed why Saturday.
Bierfeldt hit a three-run home run and Dierke threw six scoreless innings to lead the Torrington Titans to a 5-1 victory over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs on Saturday in a Futures Collegiate Baseball League matchup.
The teams were supposed to play a doubleheader but Game 2 was cancelled.
Bierfeldt was named the FCBL's hitter of the month for July and belted his eighth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the top of the third to give the Titans a 3-1 lead. Bierfeldt (Western CT) has 36 RBIs this season and snapped a three-game hitless skid with the blast.
Ryan Plourde (Fairfield) and Jordan Serena (Columbia) also had RBIs for the Titans (26-20), who are in third place in the FCBL standings, a game behind the North Shore Navigators.
The Dirt Dawgs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Will Derosier off of Torrington's Austin Bailey, who pitched the first inning.
Then Dierke (Kenyon) took over and shut the Dawgs down, allowing five hits with four strikeouts in six innings to pick up his seventh victory of the season. Dierke (7-1), who was named pitcher of the month for July, has been scored on in just two of his outings this season, both against the Brockton Rox. He has yielded just one run in his last 46 2/3 innings.
The win will not only help the Titans in their quest for the second seed in the playoffs, but it also put Dierke in the record books as he set a FCBL record for wins in a season. His 7th win broke Silver Knights right-hander Geoff Fisher (UMass Lowell) and Torrington Titans right-hander Gavin McCullough's (Fairfield) record from last season.
The Titans continue their playoff push Sunday with a key game at Brockton. They return home for the last time in the regular season Monday when the Martha's Vineyard Sharks come to Torrington for a doubleheader.