Titans continue surge with a pair of wins against Raging Tide. Story By John Nestor
TORRINGTON - The Torrington Titans got contributions from some new faces as well as some familiar ones to pick up a pair of big wins Tuesday at Fuessencih Park.
Matthew Consiglio and Adam Claire both had successful debuts while Conor Bierfeldt, Rich Graef and Ryan Plourde also made key contributions to help the Titans sweep a doubleheader from the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide.
The Titans won the opener 4-2 thanks in part to Consiglio, who had two hits and two RBIs in his first game as a Titan. Torrington (22-16) completed the sweep with a 7-2 victory in the nightcap.
With a good crowd on hand the Titans overcame a lethargic start in the second game and rallied for the win with a six-run fifth inning.
"All the games are big, and the second game, the team knew it was huge," Torrington coach Misha Dworkin said. "Any time you have a chance to win two games in a day, it gets people going."
Consiglio (UMass-Boston) got going early, singling twice and driving in two runs in the first game to help starter Derek Richards (Babson) improve to 5-2 on the season. Plourde (Fairfield) scored twice in the opening game.
"Consiglio went off, he comes in and gets three hits today, just a great job," Dworkin said.
After starting his summer by playing in the Beach League in South Carolina, Consiglio couldn't have asked for a better beginning to his Titans career.
"It went awesome, two wins baby," Consiglio said. "I knew some of the guys and felt pretty comfortable already and the rest of the team is great."
Claire (Bryant) helped ignite the Titans in the second game, laying down a sacrifice bunt with two strikes in the fifth inning to put runners on second and third with one out.
Rich Graef (UMass) followed with a two-run double to left to tie the game, 2-2, and after Aldo Ferrante (Polk) was hit by a pitch, Conor Bierfeldt (Western CT) ripped a two-run double to the gap in left-center to put the Titans up 4-2.
Claire, who played with a Titans two years ago, added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to extend the Titans lead to 7-2.
"It's good to be back, getting to play in front of my friends and family," Claire said. "I've played on this field since I was about 14, so it's always fun to play here."
With the wins the Titans are essentially tied for second in the FCBL with the Martha's Vineyard Sharks (21-15). The Sharks have one less win, but also one less loss and are percentage points ahead of the Titans, with both teams 7 1/2 games back of first-place Nashua.
Torrington travels to the Vineyard on Wednesday for a key meeting with the Sharks, having won three straight and eight of its last 10.
"We have to bear down and keep it going," Dworkin said. "We played one of our worst games of the season the last time we went out there. We've got a big week ahead and every game is important with so many teams bunched up in the standings."