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McMahon Sparkles Again For Titans

POSTED July 07, 2011
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

                                                McMahon Sparkles Again for Titans

                                                           Torrington 5, Seacoast 1

Seacoast          000 100 000—1 5 2

Torrington       031 001 00x—5 9 0

Dennis Torres, Demetrios Gatzogiannis (7), Darryl Wilson (8) and Jorge Colero; Conner McMahon, Spencer Kane (8), Evan Chamberlin (9) and Ryan Plourde; SO – Torres 7, Gatzogiannis 2, Wilson 1;  McMahon  9, Kane 1, Chamberlin 1; Records: S 4-15, T 9-6.

             TORRINGTON – Conner McMahon was not nearly as sharp on the mound Wednesday night as in his previous appearance. This time the 5-foot-10, 160 pound left hander was just darn good which was more than good enough.

            Four days after tossing a no-hitter against the Seacoast Mavericks, McMahon was at it again in front of a slim, sedate crowd at in humid, dog-day July type weather at  Fuessenich Park.

            This time around, the Mavericks did hit, but not much. McMahon scattered three hits and struck out nine in seven innings of work, frustrating the New Hampshire visitors in a 5-1 Torrington victory.

            The he victory was the Titans’ fourth win in five games and helped them raise their record to 9-6. The Mavericks slipped to 4-15.

            “(McMahon) has done a very good job against these guys,” said Torrington coach Gregg Hunt. “It was a hot day and he labored a bit late but he did a good job of keeping them off balance.”

            McMahon stretched his no-hit streak to 12.1 innings before Seacoast finally broke through with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jerico Weitzel beat out a ground ball to shortstop. Weitzel went to second base when Josh Simms’ throw to first base was off line and eventually scored on Casey Cotter’s slashing double just inside the third base line.

            But, the Mavericks break through was short and hardly sweet. There would be just one more hit against McMahon and although they put two runners on in both the sixth and seventh innings, no more runs.

            McMahon’s effort was a worthy follow up to the no-hitter, but Saturday’s gem was not in his thinking this time around.

            “You can’t think about (the no-hitter),” said McMahon. “I was just thinking about throwing strikes and getting outs. You can’t get into your own head. (The performance) was not bad. I’ll take it.”

            McMahon, a sophomore at Merrimack College, noted he has had a good fastball his last two outings and is working on a split change-up.

            “In a small league like this, you get to know the teams real well,” McMahon said. “I’m working on keeping them off balance. “

            While McMahon was mesmerizing the Seacoast hitters one more time, the Titans scored all the runs they would need in the second inning. Thomas Richard walked and Cole Harrison was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

            Josh Band then put down a bunt on the third base side that Cotter picked up and rifled down the first base side. Richard and Harrison came around to score for the first two runs. Rich Graef then plated Band.

            Richards contributed and RBI single in the third inning to up the lead to 4-0 and Harrison had a run-scoring single in the sixth to complete the scoring.   Ryan Plourde had a pair of hits for the Titans as did Kyle Murphy.

            The Titans and Mavericks will do it again today with a rare noon game, a quick turnaround that Hunt feels his players might like.

            “They’ll be fine. They’ll probably like it because it will give them an evening off,” Hunt said.  


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