Bierfeldt and Dierke named July "Players of the Month" by the FCBL
CHELMSFORD, MA - Torrington might have the best 1-2 punch in the league in terms of pitching.
After teammate Alec Palioca (Wheaton College) dominated opposing batters in June en route to being named the Pitcher of the Month, Dierke followed up with an even more dominating month of July.
The right-hander started 5 games and went 33.2 innings while collecting the win in 4 of those games.
The Wisconsin prep product allowed only 23 base runners, 18 hits and 5 walks.
He also fanned 30 and yielded only one run in the month of July, which resulted in a miniscule 0.27 ERA for the month.
Tyler pitched well in June as well, helping him earn a spot on the All-Star team.
Dierke tossed one inning in the All-Star Game surrendering only a walk in his scoreless inning of work.
Dierke is currently tied for the league lead in wins with 6.
In his next start he has the chance to break the FCBL’s single-season wins record.
He also now sports a 0.68 ERA in 52.2 innings of work on the season, leading the league in earned run average as well.
While Torrington’s pitching has been racking up the awards and publicity, outfielder Conor Bierfeldt has proven to be just as valuable on the offensive end for the Titans.
The Division III Player of the Year was 30-75 (.400) during the month of July with 15 runs scored and 20 runs batted in.
In the month of July alone Bierfeldt hit as many doubles (11) as any player did in the FCBL did last year.
He also belted 3 homeruns and stole 3 bases without being caught. One reason Bierfeldt is so successful is that he has an advanced approach at the plate as he is not afraid to take a walk as evidenced by his on-base percentage of .515 for the month.
Bierfeldt also slugged a tremendous .693 in July and was named as a starter for the "Original 4" in the All-Star Game where he was 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
Bierfeldt ends July with the third best batting average (.349) in the league behind Seacoast Mavericks’ Kevin Stenhouse (.393, U. of Rhode Island) and Bryan Langlois (.372, Pepperdine University).
Bierfeldt also is third in the league in homeruns with 7 behind Jon Minucci’s (Southern New Hampshire University) 11 and Anyelo Roman’s (Dakota State University) 10.
He is also tied for third in the league in RBI’s and has a legitimate chance to win the triple crown with two weeks to go in the season.