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Spleth drives in four in Titans 8-2 win over Sharks.

POSTED June 21, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Andrew Spleth has to think life on the Vineyard is just grand.

The Titans first baseman had a field day at the plate on Monday night, driving in four runs during the Titans 8-2 win over the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.

Torrington played their first game against the Sharks after their previous two attempts rained out, one on the Island, the other in Torrington.

Gavin McCullough got the win for the road team, going six plus innings in which he gave up two runs on seven hits.

Newcomer Evan Chamberlain relieved McCullough in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth.

Chamberlain pitched at Eastern Connecticut this spring and posted four saves.

Ben Doucette pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Spleth started to do his damage in the top of the fourth when the Titans scored four runs.

With the bases loaded on a walk to Darryl Wilson, a single by Rich Graef and a hit batsman in Josh Simms, Spleth lined a double that plated the first two runs with no one out.

The Titans continued to make smart outs after that as well as both Kyle Murphy and Aaron Nardone lifted run-scoring sacrifice flies.

Rich Graef knocked in a run in the top of the fifth on a groundout to put Torrington up 5-0.

The Sharks scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and had two runners on with just one out but McCullough settled down and got the next two batters on a strike out and pop fly.

Torrington and Spleth got the runs back in the top of the sixth when Spleth took advantage of another bases loaded situation by delivering a two-run single.

The bottom of the Titans order played a big part in their win Monday night.

Wilson and Plourde each scored two runs while collecting a hit apiece; Wilson knocked in a run as well.

For good measure, Thomas Richards blasted a home-run in the top of the ninth for the games final run.

NOTES: The Titans are off the next two days before traveling to Nashua on Thursday night to play the Silver Knights. They will be back on the Vineyard on Friday before returning to Fuessenich Park on Saturday to face Nashua. Seacoast will be back in Torrington on Sunday.

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