Stellar outing by Gerics lifts Titans over Sharks
TORRINGTON - David Gerics tossed six shutout innigs of relief and the Torrington Titans got the bats going in the fourth inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Martha's Vineyard Sharks on Wednesday night at Fuessenich Park.
Gerics came on with the bases loaded in the fourth inning with no outs and managed to escape the jam without giving up a run. He cruised from there, scattering four hits and striking out 10 to help Torrington snap a three-game skid.
"I felt good, was able to get ahead in the count on a lot of batters and the defense was solid behind me," Gerics said. "When you come into the game in a spot like that you just want to throw strikes and go one batter at a time."
The Sharks led 2-0 on a two-run home run by Ross Danzig in the third inning and looked ready to add to the lead in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs against Torrington starter Sam Warren. Enter Gerics who got an infield ground ball for a force at the plate and then a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
"My curveball was tight tonight and I was able to throw that for strikes," Gerics said. "Once I got going I got in a nice groove and was able to make some pitches."
Lifted by Geric's performance in the previous half inning, the Titans went to work in the home half of the fourth inning, scoring five runs and taking the lead for good. Jack St. Clair highlighted the inning with a two-run single and that was more than enough run support for Gerics.
"It was good to see the offense get going," Gerics said.
The Sharks never threatened to comeback against Gerics, managing just one hit over the final three innings while the Titans tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.
Perhaps it was only fitting that the local team would win thanks to an effective pitching performance on a night when one of the area's finest pitchers was honored.
Torrington standout Scott Arigoni was honored as the first inductee in the newly created Fuessenich Park Hall of Fame. Having pitched for Oliver Wolcott Tech, the Torrington American Legion P-38s, collegiate baseball and the Tri-state league, Arigoni has logged as many innings at Fuessenich as any other pitcher.
Arigoni became one of the most notable pitchers to come out of the Torrington area and had a 6 1/2 year career in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.