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Titans explode in game one 16-4 win over Pittsfield, drop second 5-4 to come away with a split.

POSTED June 22, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It didn’t start well for Torrington Titans starter, Kenny McLean as four of the first five batters reached base in the opening inning with three of them scoring for an early 3-0 deficit.

With his team looking to make a run towards .500 (7-10), the early troubles may have led to a quick hook but the freshman from Albany settled down and saw what was happening around him and just kept the faith.

“I realized that they weren’t really hitting anything that hard,” McLean said.” They had a couple of seeing- eye singles and choppers in the hole and stuff so I just didn’t let it get to me. I know I have a great defense around me.”

McLean settled down after the rough start, retiring the next nine batters he faced in a five inning stint helped out by an offensive explosion in the bottom five that saw the home team score a fat dozen runs on their way to a 16-4 win over the Pittsfield Sun in the opener of a day-night double header.

After taking the lead with a pair of runs in the second and third innings, the Titans did everything but kick the extra points in putting up twelve runs while sending 15 men to the plate.

Mike DeMartino had one of the big blows with an opposite field two-run home run into the cozy corner in left field.

Nine different batters drove in runs for the game, DeMartino led the way with three ribbies while Michael Purcell drove in a pair in the fifth inning explosion.

In the night cap, Watertown high school graduate Nick Mondak started his second summer league game but was not as effective as his first outing, lasting 3.2 innings and allowing two runs on three hits.

The big lefty struck out eight but walked three as the Titans fell in the night cap by the score of 5-4 as the Sun earned the spilt. Pittsfield came back from down three to get the win.

Torrington is now 7-11 while the Sun sit two spots ahead in the FCBL West with an 8-9 mark.

It’s been a season that has seen the team win back to back games just twice but had a six-game losing streak their second week of the season that has made the hole that much harder to dig out of.

Overall though, first year head coach Dante Palazzo is generally pleased with his team, one that has become a tightly knit group.

“I think if our talent level can catch up to our team camaraderie, we can be as good as anyone in the league,” Palazzo said. “This is an unusually close team. In all the years I’ve been doing this you usually see clicks but not on this team.”

It appears to be a dedicated and work first kind of squad as well, something you are not always guaranteed to see and it impresses the manager.

“Every time I come down here,” Palazzo said. “Even before batting practice, twenty minutes before anybody is supposed to be here, the dugout is full.”

This fast moving summer season is nearly a third of the way through. The Titans could certainly use a six game winning streak to counter the losing streak that put them in this position early one.

A tough road trip awaits on Wednesday as the Titans set sail for the Island that is Martha’s Vineyard, a bear of a trip but one that they will have to get used to if they want to play at the next level when trips to Woods Hole will seem like a ride around the block.

After a day off on Thursday, Torrington returns to Fuessenich Park on Friday night to take on the Nashua Silver Knights at 7 p.m.

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