Scheiner and two relievers combine on two-hit shutout in 6-0 win over Dirt Dawgs.
WACHUSETT, MASS: Two days after watching his mentor pitch his second consecutive one-hitter, Torrington Titans knuckleball pitcher Jordan Scheiner (Colby Sawyer College) wanted to see just how dominant he could be as he looked to help his team break a two-game losing streak.
Scheiner got his first win of the season with seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball as the Titans got back on the winning side of the tracks with a 6-0 win over the Dirt Dawgs.
R.A. Dickey, of the New York Mets, is one of many knuckle ball pitchers Scheiner has consulted with over the past few months as he looks to perfect a craft that is gaining popularity amongst pitchers looking for an edge.
The Colby-Sawyer junior got some big league looks this spring and understands this is an important summer in Torrington and worked to improve off his first start of the season, a 3-2 loss to these same Dirt Dawgs a week ago in Torrington.
“I had a much better feel for the knuckleball tonight.” Scheiner said. “I just tried to keep the hitters off balance by throwing some fastballs on the corners as well.”
Working in this kind of heat with a environmentally challenged pitch like the knuckler isn’t easy.“Your hands get sweaty so it make you keep rubbing dirt on them to keep them dry.” Scheiner said.
His team staked him an early 2-0 lead in the second inning without the benefit of a hit but with the help of some aggressive base running.
Ryan Plourde (Fairfield) walked to start the inning and moved to second on a ground out. After Kyle Murphy (Manhattan College) walked, Jordan Serena (Columbia) hit a grounder to short that was thrown away, allowing Plourde to score and moving Murphy all the way to third.
Serena took off on the double steal attempt and when the Dirt Dawgs threw to second, Murphy made his move to the plate and scored the second run.
Two runs, no hits. Some days, you take them any way you can get them.
Jeff Anderson (Adelphi) pitched well for the Dirt Dawgs, his only blemish came in the first and he kept the Titans at bay, going six innings and allowing just four hits.
It was a 2-0 game going to the ninth when the visitors broke through for four runs, the big blow a bases clearing double by Rich Graef (UMASS).
Ryan Zielinski (Castleton State) added a sacrifice fly for the final run.
Torrington got solid relief work from Michael Joseph (Middlebury College) and Austin Bailey (Lynn) to complete the combined two-hit shutout.
The Titans (5-4) return to Fuessenich Park on Thursday night to take on the Seacoast Mavericks (6-6) for the first time this season.
It’s a “Salute to Indoor Plumbing” night at the big ball park, sponsored by Bender Showrooms in Torrington.
Some lucky fan will go home with a toilet!
Derek Richards (Babson College) gets the ball on Thursday night (1-1, 2.25 ERA)
NOTES: The Titans have committed 14 errors in nine games. Seems like a lot but here are the FCBL leaders.Nashua: 25 in nine games. Wachusett 24 in 11 games. Pittsfield 19 in 12 games. North Shore has the least with 12 in 10 games and sits atop the FCBL with a 7-3 record.