Titans Notebook: Looking for a streak, back to school and a timely slam
TORRINGTON - The 2015 FCBL season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Torrington Titans in the early going with the team still looking to string more than a pair of wins together.
The Titans are 7-6 after Friday night's extra inning victory over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and have still lost consecutive games just once this season and have not had a losing skid more than two games. That's the good news. The bad news is that Torrington has yet to win more than two straight this season and is 4-3 in its last seven games, alternating wins and losses.
With the season nearly approaching the quarter pole the Titans have shown that they have a knack for staying in games. An 11-2 loss to the North Shore Navigators on Thursday night was really the first game all season that Torrington has let get away from it.
"Things are good, if we can go another 12 games without a bad game I'll be happy," Titans coach Dan McNamara. "We are in good shape 12 games in, we are in a tight division. We just need to build on where we are and we'll be fine."
TIMELY SLAM - Joel Roman picked a good time to hit his second career grand slam.
With the Titans down 8-6 to the Brockton Rox on the roads on Thursday, Roman got a hold of one and his blast lifted the Titans to a 10-8 victory.
"It felt good, we were down 8-6 and I was down 0-2 in the count," Roman said. "Their guy hung me a curve ball and I got a good piece of it and it went out."
It wasn't Roman's first Grand Slam but this one must have travelled a lot farther than the first.
"Little League," Roman replied when asked when he hit a grand slam before. "So it was my first one on a big field at least."
Roman is hoping his game-winning shot gets him going offensively. The East Hartford native has drawn 10 walks in 12 games but has just five base hits.
"I'm not hitting as well as I want to average wise but I'm hitting the ball hard," Roman said. "I'm playing good defense and things will happen."
The fact that Roman has not let his tough luck at the plate affect him in the field has not gone unnoticed.
"Nothing gets past him over there," McNamara said. "He's exciting to watch."
The tough luck is just a part of the game and Roman isn't changing his approach.
"You have to keep swinging, stay confident, go up to the plate with confidence and eventually it will find a hole," Roman said.
BACK TO SCHOOL: First-year Titans assistant coach Sean Connole is finishing up his Master's degree in exercise science and sports studies with a concentration in sport psychology. He got the chance to go to school again this week, but it had nothing to do with his degree and this time he was doing a little bit of the teaching.
Connole was part of a group of Titans that hit Harwinton Consolidated School on Thursday and the get together was something that was good for both sides.
"It was great, the kids really appreciate the team and I feel like the team is a really good thing for the community," Connole said. "I'm big on physical education. I think its good for kids to see that playing sports can help you in the classroom by being healthy and getting into school by being good at a sport. Baseball helped me get a great education at Washington College."
Connole is currently finishing up his master's and is on the job hunt after serving as a graduate assistant at Springfield College the past two seasons. Like the players who are trying to get noticed by scouts, Connole is also trying to make connections that will take his career to the next level.
"Luckily Dan contacted the Springfield coaches and asked if they knew of anyone who wanted to coach," Connole said. "I jumped at the opportunity because I knew the Futures League is a good league and is a good opportunity to network."
NOTES: Five different Titans have hit a home run this season and none of them have hit more than one. ... Nick Lamberti leads the team with 17 hits. ... The Titans have seven wins on the season and seven different pitchers have each earned one of them.