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Titans drop 7-2 decision to Sharks, fall to 5-5.

POSTED June 29, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Sharks improve to 8-3 with 7-2 win over Titans on the Vineyard.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD: Well, at least it didn’t rain.

The Torrington Titans have been struggling to get games in so far during this summer of 2011. Getting games in on a consistent bases has been, to put it mildly, a challenge.

Torrington did get on the field on Tuesday night against the Sharks but came out on the short side of a 7-2 score.

Jeremy Matos broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run off Torrington starter, Tyler Erickson after the visitors had knotted things up a two, in the top of the frame.

“Tyler pitched well,” manager Gregg Hunt said, “He was ahead in the count to Matos 1-2, but left the next pitch up and he hit it out.”

Erickson had set down the Sharks in order through three, but got into trouble in the bottom of the fourth when the home team broke through with a pair of runs.

Robbie Zinsmeister, who leads the Futures League with a .444 batting average through 11 games, doubled to start things off.

Ronnie Rosario and Anthony Corona got the runs home for the Sharks with consecutive sacrifice fly’s to make it a 2-0 game.

Torrington got on the board in the top of the sixth off a sacrifice fly by Andrew Spleth and an RBI single by Aaron Nardone but could have had more.

“We had second and third with one out in the inning,” Hunt said, “If we push across a couple more runs, who knows?”

The Sharks added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth off Titans reliever Ben Doucette for the final runs of the game.

Josh Simms added two hits.

The Titans fall to 5-5 on the year and Hunt hopes a run is coming.

“We need to get on the field more often and run off a couple in a row to get going,” Hunt said, “We are off again Wednesday before going on the road again on Thursday (Seacoast).”

NOTES: Nashua beat Seacoast by a 5-4 score in 10-innings at Seacoast on a passed ball in the top of the tenth.

Standings

Martha’s Vineyard 8-3

Nashua 7-6

Torrington 5-5

Seacoast 3-8

The Titans will be back at Fuessenich Park on Friday night when they take on Nashua at 7 p.m. Saturday night, Torrington will host these same Sharks for the first time this season.

Kyle Murphy leads the team with a .269 batting average while Rich Graef and Andrew Spleth sport .267 marks.

Spleth leads the team with 7 RBI’s.

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