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Odenwaelder, Lund lead Titans to 9-2 win over Pittsfield.

POSTED June 08, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: To know summer baseball is to know that the pitchers are always ahead of the batters early in the season.

Over their first three game, the Torrington Titans had scored a total of five runs.

On Saturday night in front of a robust crowd of 676, they nearly doubled that total with a nine run outburst, led by a local player who had a night we have seen from him before.

Mike Odenwaelder had the number five working for him in a big way on Saturday night as he roped out five hits and drove in five as well.

“I felt good up there tonight,” Odenwaelder said. “It was good to get this first win out of the way.”

After losing on Friday night at Pittsfield by a 2-1 score in a crisp, two hour and one minute game, the Torrington bats responded quickly after a first inning home run by Sun catcher Dan Palazzo.

Some consistent news and some good news highlighted the bottom of the opening frame for the home team.

Chris Scura, who reached base three of his five times up, led off with a perfect bunt up the third base line for a base hit.

Jack St Clair did what St Claire has done since the season began on Wednesday, he got on base with a hard single to center.

Now the best news. Taylor Olmstead, who had been struggling mightily in his first three games, roped a single to left center that chased Scura home, just ahead of the tag.

Wasting little time, Odenwaelder launched a three base hit to deep right center, driving in two while landing on third.

In the third inning, the three/four spot came up and through again.

Olmstead singled hard to left and scored on a double to deep center by Odenwaelder, a pitch Olmstead was running on.

After a single to center by Samuel Warren moved Odenwaelder to third, second basemen Kyle Decker drove him in with a ground out to first.

Olmstead and Odenwaelder give the Titans a ferocious meat of the order, when both are hitting, nightmare may follow for opposing pitchers this season.

The former Wamogo star drove in two more runs, one each in the fourth and sixth innings.

Meanwhile on the mound, Torrington starter Zachary LaRosa was struggling with a high pitch count after three innings and was replaced by George Lund, who came to Torrington after a standout spring with Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

Up 5-2 at the time, Lund simply pitched superbly the rest of the way, allowing just a hit and a walk over six frames, picking up his first win after a perfect 9-0 spring.

“That’s exactly what I thought I was going to get when we signed Lund,” Titans manager Dan McNamara said. “He did a great job out there tonight.”

Lund would retire the last 14 in the row after his catcher, Timothy Budd, threw out his second runner of the night to negate a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth.

The Titans would score twice more in the sixth, with another Odenwaelder RBI in the mix and their final run in the bottom of the seventh, when Scura knocked in Anthony Capuano on a groundout to first.

That first one is always a big one for any team. This one featured enough positives to fill a scorebook.

The Titans are off to Old Orchard Beach on Sunday for a meeting with the Raging Tide at 4 p.m.

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