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Early Season Statistics Show Attendance in Futures Baseball League Parks are trending positive.

POSTED June 16, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington Mayor, Ryan Bingham, throws out the first pitch before the Torrington Titans home opener. The Titans lost to Nashua by a 10-1 score.

TORRINGTON: A year ago when they Torrington Titans played in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, the team outdrew the entire league combined with those fans who came out to Fuessenich Park.

It was not unusual to see a handful of fans at some of the parks the Titans traveled to in 2010, including a playoff game in Staten Island that was played in front of 26 people; 12 from Torrington.

That does not appear to be the case so far this very young season as the four teams that make up the FCBL (Torrington, Martha’s Vineyard, Seascoast and Nashua) have already combined to draw almost 5000 fans in just seven games.

Leading the way so far are the Sharks (3-0) from the Vineyard who have packed 2456 into their venue in just two home dates, an average of 1228.

The Silver Knights (2-2) from New Hampshire have had 1320 fans watch their team play twice at home as well, and average of 660 per date (2).

Seacoast (0-3) has hosted but one game so far this year and drew 415 for their home opener, a 4-2 loss to Torrington.

The Titans have drawn 754 fans in their two home games, and average of 377 per event.

Numbers can be deceiving and when you look deeper, a more stable picture emerges.

While the Sharks have that gaudy average, 2139 of that came on opening night; 317 in their next game.

Nashua played their home opener in front of 661 and their next in front of 659, according to the stats on the FCBL web-site.

The Titans drew 452 on opening night and 302 on Monday night for their 377 average.

Early June weekday nights have traditionally been a tough time to draw large crowds in most summer leagues. When school lets out over the next week, expect more fannies in the seats in the four FCBL ball parks.

TITANS STATS: Early in the 42 game schedule, the Titans sit with a 2-2 record with two rain-outs to make up.

Torrington is batting .208 as a team but their pitching staff is throwing to an 3.86 ERA (second best in the league).

The Sharks are leading both categories with a .270 batting average and a 2.08 ERA.

Several Titans are amongst the league leaders so far, led by pitcher Gavin McCullough who is tied for the ERA lead with a 0.00 mark.

Kyle Murphy is leading the FCBL with four runs batted in while Josh Simms and Rich Graef are tied for fifth with a .333 batting average.

The Titans are of on Wednesday and will be at Fuessenich Park both Thursday and Friday.

Seacoast will be in on Thursday while the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks come to Torrington on Friday night. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the big ball park.

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