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Silver Knights flex muscles, drop Titans 13-7.

POSTED July 24, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington Titans third baseman, Kyle Murphy seen here earlier this season at Fuessenich Park, drove in three runs on Saturday night as the Titans broke a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 road win over Seacoast. Torrington holds a two game lead over third place Martha's Vineyard with four games to play, all against the Sharks.

TORRINGTON: Sometimes you just tip your cap and try and get them next time.

Such was the case for the Torrington Titans on Saturday night when they ran into the offensive machine that is the Nashua Silver Knights and came out on the short end of a 13-7 score.

The loss drops the Titans lead to just one-half game over the second place Knights with the two teams set to square off again twice on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

These two games loom huge for both teams as the regular season in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League heads into it’s last week.

Torrington and Nashua will not face each other again unless they meet in the playoffs which will only feature the top two teams in the league.

Spencer Kane got the start for the Titans and retired the side in order in the first but got into trouble in the second.

Mark Sanborn led off with a single to center and moved to second on a walk to Logan Gillis which brought up catcher John Puttress who was about to begin a monster night at the plate.

Puttress doubled to left center to plate Sanborn and give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

Coming in, it was widely known that Silver Knights can flat-out hit the ball, and have all season.

Puttress though, had been in a slump of sorts in his last five games that saw him go 2-16 at the plate.

His 4-5, 3 runs scored, two doubles and two RBI’s broke the sophomore from Northwestern out of his slump in a hurry.

This is what this team has done all season,” Titans manager Gregg Hunt said, “It is clearly their strength and it showed tonight.

Torrington had a loud answer for the Silver Knights in the bottom of the second when Darryl Wilson slammed his first home-run of the year to left that scored Kyle Murphy, who had led off the inning with a walk.

Murphy had a solid night at the plate and in the field for the home team, launching a 360-foot plus bomb to left center in the bottom of the fourth.

In the ninth, Murphy dove to his right on a reaction play off a wicked line drive off the bat of Sanborn with centerfielder Rich Graef on the mound in mop up mode.

The Silver Knight would flex their muscles in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, scoring a total of 10 times to extend their lead to 11-3.

Seemingly out of it, the Titans responded by putting a rally together in the bottom of the eighth when they batted around while scoring four times.

Ryan Sonberg and Aaron Nardone each drove in single runs while Cole Harrison doubled to plate two more.

Torrington had the tying run at the plate with two outs but Jake Henderson got Wilson to ground to second for the third out.

“That put a scare in me,” Nashua manger Mike Chambers said, “Whenever the tying run comes to the plate with a guy who already had a home run, it’s not good.”

Alek Morency got the win for Nashua and improved to 4-3 on the year. His record against Torrington now stand at 4-2.

Kane lasted four and two-thirds and was relieved by newcomer Jordan Shiner who worked into three plus innings to give Hunt’s bullpen a break.

Graef pitched the ninth and gave up a run but also fanned two.

NOTES: Titans first baseman Andrew Spleth gave the fans and his team a scare when he was hit by a bad hop directly in the forehead.

Spleth was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Injuries have started to rear their ugly heads as the season winds down and the roster moves closed on July 22.

Thomas Richards was injured on a slide the night before and did not play on Saturday night.

Tyler Wilson (3-1, 3.46, first start) and Bobby Chatfield (1-0, 4.50) will be on the hill in the twin-bill for Torrington while Nashua will throw Travis Terrill (1-1, 3.58) and Lamarre Rey (no record).

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