Titans drop two to Sharks.
MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA: While it may have been a great day to be on the majestic island, dropping two games to rival Martha’s Vineyard was not what the Torrington Titans had in mind.
The Sharks swept the Titans with a 7-0 win in game one and a 3-1 victory in game two.
With the wins, the Sharks moved ahead of Torrington in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League standings with a 9-9 record while the Titans fall into a tie for fifth with a 10-11 record.
Torrington has lost six of their last seven in this stretch that has been punctuated by a lack of offense, as it was on Thursday when the visitors managed just one run in two games.
Over their last seven, the Titans have been outscored by their opponents by a 27-14 margin.
Take out the 6-0 win Tuesday night in Wachusett and it’s even worse at 27-8.
The problem at this point is not getting on base; the Titans have a .350 OBP during this stretch.
It’s driving them in.
52 runners have been left on base over the last six games.
On Wednesday in game one, the Titans had Sharks starter, Matt Doyle in trouble almost every inning.
In five of the seven innings, the Torrington leadoff man reached base.
What did not help the offense was giving away outs while not taking advantage of situations as they presented themselves.
A runner picked off a second. A runner thrown out at the plate. A two on and no-out third results in nothing.
The chances are there, this team just needs to figure out how to take advantage of them.
Ryan Zielinski had a good day at the plate in the nine hole, going 3 for 3 to raise his average to .262.
In game two, Dan Weigel, who came into the game with an 0-3 record with an ERA over nine, held Torrington to just three hits and a run in pitching a complete game.
It’s one of those times in a season where the Titans are making everyone look like Cy Young.
Torrington looks to get back in the win column Friday night when they return to Fuessenich Park to take on Wachusett on Hat Give-Away Night, benefiting the Visiting Nurse Service of Connecticut.
The first 250 fans will get a limited addition Titans hat, courtesy of Sportsman’s in Litchfield.
Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Jordan Scheiner (1-2, 4.29 ERA) will be on the mound for Torrington.