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Nardone lifts Titans over Sharks.

POSTED July 23, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Aaron Nardone , seen here at Fuessenich Park earlier this season, singled in the winning run in the top of the ninth to give the Titans a 2-1 win at Martha's Vineyard on Friday night. Tyler Wilson got the win in relief while the save went to Evan Chamberlain.

Martha’s Vineyard, MA: The Torrington Titans are not going to club many teams by a 14-3 score.

Their offense is not an explosive one.

They don’t have a player ranked right now in the top five in batting, RBI’s or home runs.

In fact, Torrington has but five dingers this season and only one player, Thomas Richards, has more than one (2).

But what the Titans have figured out what to do better than any other team has to date is the one thing that matters: they win.

Torrington went on the road to Martha’s Vineyard, a place they might be considered residents pretty soon and came away with a 2-1 victory that highlighted everything that has gone right for them this season.

They got good pitching from four hurlers, Tyler Erickson (5 IP, 1 run, 6 hits), Bobby Chatfield (1.1 IP, 1 hit), Tyler Wilson (1.2 IP, no runs, no hits) and Evan Chamberlain (1 IP, 2 hits, o runs) and timely hitting from Josh Band and Aaron Nardone.

After the Sharks had taken a 1-0 lead on the eighth dinger of the year by Jeremy Matos in the bottom of the fourth, Band tied things up with a run scoring single that plated Ryan Sonberg in the top of the sixth.

Nardone came up big with the game winner in the top of the ninth when he plated Josh Simms to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Erickson, who came in with a 3-2 record and did what he has done all season for the Titans, he threw strikes and didn't walk anyone.

Chatfield followed up with his best outing in two weeks with a scoreless inning and a third before handing the ball to Tyler Wilson in the seventh.

Wilson (3-1) has been superb in his last four outings and retired all five batters he faced on Friday night and got the win.

Chamberlain got out of a serious second and third, two out jam when he got Jon Keating to ground out to third after an epic, 11-pitch at bat won by the Titans hurler.

Torrington improves to 22-10 on the year and opens up a four and a half game lead over the third place Sharks who will see the Titans five more times (four on the Vineyard) as the summer of 2011 comes down to the last 11 days.

Second place Nashua comes to Torrington this weekend to play a single game on Saturday night and a double-header on Sunday.

This will be the last time the two teams meet during the regular season.

Remember, the playoffs will include only the first and second place teams with one team getting two home games.

The formula of good pitching and timely hitting might not light up the stat book but it has been a consistent mix that has led to 22 wins. 

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