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Titans can't close out Mavs despite strong start from Dierke

POSTED July 10, 2012
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Tyler Dierke will be on the mound for the Torrington Titans when they return home on Sunday evening to face the Pittsfield Sun at 5:05 p.m.

TORRINGTON - The start was fine, but Monday's finish left little to be desired for the Torrington Titans.

Starting pitcher Tyler Dierke (Kenyon college) was a rock once again, going seven scoreless innings, but it wasn't enough in a 5-2 loss to the Seacoast Mavericks on Monday night at Fuessenich Park.

Seacoast scored five times in the ninth inning off of Torrington closer Austin Bailey (Lynn University) to rally for the victory. Baileyentered the game with an ERA of 0.00 and four saves.

Torrington scored two runs in the first inning using a double by Conor Bierfeldt (Western CT), an error and an RBI single by Gus Craven (Florence-Darlington) to take a 2-0 lead.

It looked like it would be enough as Dierke rolled through the Mavs, allowing just two hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.

"I am feeling strong, as good as I ever have during summer ball," Dierke said. "I was hitting my spots on the outside half. I don't think I had one fastball called for a strike inside tonight and hitting my spots was the key."

Tyler Balshor pitched a perfect eighth for the Titans with two strikeouts, setting the stage for Bailey, who came in and gave up five runs and four hits with a walk in 2/3 of an inning.

While the end result wasn't what the Titans were looking for, the strong start by Dierke was and it was not overlooked.

"We have great starting pitching, that's why we're at where we are at," Torrington coach Misha Dworkin said. "Tyler pitched great, he's a professional. He did a great job and he has all season for us."

The Titans (13-12) had their three-game win streak snapped and failed to win four in a row for the first time this season. The loss also dropped them a half-game behind the Mavericks (14-12) for third place in the FCBL.

Torrington gets back at it Wednesday when it travels to Old Orchard Beach to take on the Raging Tide. The Titans are back home Thursday to host second-place North Shore.

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