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Titans drop a pair to Old Orchard Beach. Fall into last place in FCBL.

POSTED July 19, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The search for a consistent winning streak continues for the Torrington Titans.

After mounting a modest two-game streak, the Titans dropped a crucial double header to the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide by 3-2 and 4-2 scores in a day-night twin bill at a sultry Fuessenich Park.

The losses drop Torrington (13-19) into last place in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League with 21 games left to play.

Raging Tide players may be tired from an exhausting day that began early Wednesday morning with an almost four hour bus ride from Maine but the wins propelled them all the up the standings to fourth place with a 16-17 record.

The stars seemed to be aligned for the home team after consecutive wins over North Shore on Sunday and Nashua on Tuesday night behind quality outings from starters Chris Hatfield on Sunday and Pat Austin on Wednesday.

Wednesday, the Titans sent a duo to the mound that had given them a sweep in their last double header against the Seacoast Mavericks back in late June.

Mike Gibbons got the first game assignment while Nick Fuller took the ball in the nightcap.

Gibbons had thrown the third no-hitter in FCBL history (all by Titans) in that opener while Fuller worked into the seventh inning in a 5-2 win.

Against the Raging Tide in game one, all the scoring was done in the first two innings.

The visitors opened the scoring in the top of the first by scoring a run on an error by Titans shortstop JJ Gould.

Torrington would move ahead 2-1 in their half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Bob Seda (#12) and an RBI groundout by Mike Odenwaelder (#18).

A pair of unearned runs in the top of the second, after a Jake McGuiggan error at third accounted for all the scoring in game one.

Gibbons pitched well, throwing a complete game, allowing just five hits while striking out three.

Nick Whittaker improved to 5-0 for the Tide, going four innings before two pitchers held the Titans off the board over the next three.

The home team had a great chance at pulling out the first game in the last of the seventh when they loaded the bases with two outs but Odenwaelder fouled out to end the game.

Fuller was cruising along in the nightcap, the lefty was perfect through two frames but walked in a pair in the third before giving up a two-run single that gave the visitors a 4-0 lead.

Torrington scratched out single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a RBI double by Stephen Eldridge in the four and an RBI single by Odenwaelder in the fifth but could manage no more.

The Titans continue a brutal stretch that has them playing 11 games in nine days with road games against the Brockton Rox, Pittsfield Sun and Seacoast Mavericks over the next three days before returning home to host the Nashua Silver Knights on Sunday at Fuessenich Park.

It’s getting late, the Titans need to make a move if a 2013 playoff appearance is in the cards.  

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