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MSMP, THS Turf and Titans playoff chances. Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff. Part 2.

POSTED July 31, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Continuing my story on just how busy a July it has been here at LCS, we go back in time to our first appearance during Main Street Marketplace on Thursday night, July 24.

MSMP has been a staple in downtown Torrington for many a year and we decided to join the fray on “Sports Night”.

The fine folks running MSMP have continued to help bring people to the Main Street, giving tremendous exposure to the terrific shops T-Town (or should I say, To-Ho) has to offer.

So, I pitched our tent with the help of our good friend Michael Ciesco and went to work calling a basketball skills competition organized by Brett Simmons and the Torrington Park and Recreation Department.

Participants took part in a skill set that gave them 60-seconds to make baskets from different pre-determined spots on the ground.

The weather was a perfect 80 something degrees when we started and got even nicer as the night went on. Yours truly had to fun doing a little play-by-play for those who took part and ran into some good friends who were at the event as well.

We will be back again in August, talking sports and hanging out with the good people of Torrington.

…..We were back on scene at Torrington High School on Tuesday morning as the Torrington Turf Committee had their weekly meeting with H.I. Stone talking about the nearly $3 million dollar project that had been in danger of falling so far behind that the October 6th completion date was in doubt.

What a difference a week makes though. The pace of the work has picked up dramatically, the drainage is nearly complete and the project, which will leave the Raiders with a turf field and an eight lane state of the art track, is back on schedule.

Watching the transformation of this facility from a titled pitch that made you wonder why players got shorter the farther away from their bench they got is something to see.

The finished product is going to be something Torrington residents will be happy with and the hard work and dedication of Turf Committee members like Mario Longobucco, Ed Arum and State Representative Michelle Cook is something to be saluted.

…..The race in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is coming down to the wire and if the Torrington Titans (24-21) are going to make the post season, they are going to have to do some heavy lifting on the road the rest of the way.

The North Shore Navigators (18-27), playing the role of spoilers, beat the home standing Titans by a 6-4 final, dropping Torrington into fourth place, two games behind Worcester.

Six teams will make the post season, the six best records get in, regardless of division.

The Titans play in the West, a division that looks to send as many as four to the second season.

Nashua is playing the best ball in the league at the moment, having won eight of their last 10 including a double header sweep of division rival Pittsfield on Tuesday night.

Seven of their last 10 will be played on the road, starting tonight when they face the Navigators in North Shore followed by a trip to the Eastern Division leading Brockton Rox on Thursday night before coming back to Fuessenich Park for a critical matchup against Pittsfield on Friday night.

A weekend road trip looms with visits to Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday and back to Brockton Sunday. After a day off Monday, its home against another West rival, first place Worcester followed by perhaps the three most important road games of the season.

The Titans will then play the Silver Knights three times in two days with a twin-bill on Wednesday and a single game on Thursday.

Seacoast will come to Torrington on Friday for the last regular season game at Fuessenich Park (unless weather interrupts something over the next nine days).

If it’s a race Titans fans were looking for, it’s a race they have. Stay tuned.

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