Gillis wins it for Nashua in walk-off fashion.
Nashua, New Hampshire: Logan Gillis has proven to be a thorn in a lot of Futures Collegiate Baseball League teams sides in his now second year with the league.
Add Torrington to this years list of teams that will try to forget what this junior from Bentley University did to them on Thursday night.
Gillis drove a 3-2 pitch from Titans reliever Travis Landry (Franklin Pierce) into the night and the Silver Knights had themselves a walk-off blast by a player who is simply dominating this league for a second straight season.
In 2011, Gillis won the FCBL batting title with a .376 average and helped his team win the championship with a sweep of the Titans in a best of three series.
Switch to 2012 but keep the channel the same. Gillis is hitting a ridiculous .619 (13 for 21) with two home runs, eight RBI’s and eight runs scored.
Gillis has had at least two hits in every game this season for the Knights (3-3) and three once against Martha’s Vineyard in a 8-4 Nashua win.
The Titans started Babson College junior Derek Richards, who pitched well over five innings, giving up single runs in the first and second innings.
Richards gave up six hits and walked four in his first start after a relief appearance on June 8 in a 5-2 win over North Shore.
Torrington pitching continues to be a strong suit for manager Misha Dworken who was happy with how Richards threw.
“That’s five quality starts in a row for us.” Dworken said. “When we get the bats going again, we’ll be alright.”
Designated hitter Conor Bierfeldt (Western Connecticut) broke out of a 0-7 slump in his last two games by hitting an absolute bomb over the left centerfield fence in the top of the fourth off Nashua starter Nick Poore who went six innings in a no decision.
Poore, a freshman at Boston College, allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven.
“Conor hit the ball real well tonight.” Dworken said. “His home run was a bomb, he squared up on his single and hit it up the middle nicely.”
Matt Cianci (Fordham) knocked in the Titans second run when he doubled in Jordan Serena from second to knot things at 2-2.
Dworken got good work from his middle relief as well on Thursday as Austin Barnes (1 inning, hit) and Alec Moore (2 innings, 2 hits, walk) kept the defending champs at bay until Gillis ended things with one swing of the bat.
Torrington is off on Friday and returns to action on Saturday night when they host Brockton at 7:05 p.m. at Fuessenich Park.
Alec Palioca (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will be on the hill for Torrington.