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Quality Outing From Ian Pierce not Enough to Lift Rebels over Twisters in Tri-State baseball action. By Ethan Shea.

POSTED May 31, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The pitching performance of starter Ian Pierce was impressive, but it wasn’t quite enough to carry the Torrington Rebels over their opponents, the Tribury Twisters in Tri-State baseball action.

Pierce was dealing on a comfortable Wednesday evening at Fuessenich Park, throwing five and two thirds innings, allowing six hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out five in a 3-2 loss to the Twisters.

He was backed up by multiple impressive defensive plays in center field by speedster Nick Yousefzadeh, including two diving catches in the third.

Pierce did get into some trouble in the fourth when he loaded the bases with one out. 

“I couldn’t find the broad side of a barn,” said Pierce.

He did manage to buckle down though, fielding a ground ball himself to record the out at home plate, and then striking out Twisters center fielder Mike Rosa to end the inning only allowing one run.

Reliever Pat Austin replaced Pierce with two outs and one on in the sixth, and allowed two runs before striking out left fielder Jordan Mass.

Pierce’s outing was matched pitch for pitch by the Twisters staff, namely starter Kevin Johnson who threw three full innings, allowing three hits as well as two earned runs, and reliever Vin Lombardi who pitched the last four innings, giving up only one hit while holding the Rebels scoreless.

The Rebels started off the bottom of the first with a solid single from Yousefzadeh but were unable to capitalize.

They followed with a similar second inning, leading off with a double from left fielder Roberto Santiago, but were again unable to get anything out of it.

This pattern changed in the third inning when, with two outs, the Rebels strung together two walks from Yousefzadeh and third baseman Chris Beck followed by a double steal and a two-RBI single from second baseman Austin Patenaude.

This would be the end of the offensive support for Pierce though, as Lombardi would shut them down the rest of the way. 

The Rebels may have come away with a tough loss, but there were plenty of positives to take from the loss.

A full season of baseball is a process, and according to Pierce, the Rebels are very close to getting to what they need to do.

Baseball can often come down to one hit, one pitch, or one play, and although those games may be the toughest losses, they are also some of the best games for a team to learn and grow from.

The Rebels are looking to bounce back on Thursday, May 31 at Fuessenich Park against the Valley Thunder at 7:00.

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