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Titans bats fall a run short in 8-7 loss to Sharks.

POSTED June 26, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Martha’s Vineyard, MA- Eight games into their inaugural season, one thing is becoming abundantly clear for the Torrington Titans baseball team.

They fight back, no matter the deficit.

As they prepare to come home to Fuessenich Park for the first time in more than a week, the Titans saw a spirited rally fall a run short in a 8-7 loss to the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.

Playing on the Cape has been good for the Titans offense. On Monday night, the road team scored eight runs in a 8-2 win. 15 runs in five days is a good pace but a big inning by the home team made the hole just a little too deep.

Torrington starter, Connor McMahon was cruising along after a tough first inning, setting down nine straight into the fourth.

“Connor was throwing great,” manager Gregg Hunt said, “We thought we were going to get six or seven innings out of him and I would have a deep bullpen all weekend. It all changed in a big hurry.”

Thirteen Sharks came to bat in a seven-run inning that was aided by an error, a hit batter and a two-run home run by Robbie Zinsmeister.

Evan Chamberlain took over on the mound for the Titans with one out and escaped a bases loaded, two-out situation to limit the damage.

Torrington had taken a 2-1 lead after three innings, scoring single runs in the second and third.

Thomas Richards lifted a sacrifice fly in a run the second while Kyle Murphy singled in another the next frame.

Joey Dinino took over for the Titans in the sixth and threw two innings, giving up just one hit.

It was an encouraging sign for the Avon resident who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and had been roughed up in his last appearance for Torrington.

Tyler Erickson pitched the eighth after the Titans put up three runs to get within one at 8-7.

Richards doubled in two with no outs and moved to third on a Josh Band infield hit. Band, a newcomer to the Titans, had a 3-4 night with an RBI.

Richards came home on a Darryl Wilson sac-fly but the rally fizzled when the Sharks came up with consecutive strikeouts to close the eighth.

Ryan Morris, who got the second strike out to end the eighth, pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

NOTES: The Titans return home for two games this weekend, starting Saturday night when they host Nashua with Kevin Bartlett on the mound. It’s Grandma Beauty Contest Night at Fuessenich Park.

On Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. start), the Titans will host the Seacoast Mavericks and will send Gavin McCullough to the hill.

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