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Titans ride strong arm of Dignacco, timely hits to a 3-2 win over Seacoast.

POSTED June 17, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Titans starting pitcher, Nick Dignecco, threw seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball to lead his team to a 3-2 win over the Seacoast Mavericks on Thursday night in Torrington.

TORRINGTON-In just over a week, Torrington Titans pitcher, Nick Dignacco, will report back to Camp Buckner in New York to continue his training at West Point Military Academy.

The sophomore southpaw left fans of Fuessenich Park with a terrific memory in what might be his only start for the Titans at home in a 3-2 win over the Seacoast Mavericks to improve their season record to 3-2.

Dignacco went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven.

“Nick pounded the strike zone,” Titans manager Gregg Hunt said, “He threw 70 percent of his first pitches for strikes and stayed ahead of the hitters.”

Dignacco is scheduled to leave next Friday, June 25 and with the Titans on the road all next week until Friday (after tonight), this could have been it for the hard throwing lefty in front of his home fans.

He did though, make an impression in his first start (his second appearance) by throwing a very economical 83 pitches in his seven frames, retiring the last eleven in a row to end his night.

Torrington got an effective inning from Ben Doucette in the eighth and a one, two three ninth from newcomer Tyler Erickson, who joined the Titans from the Bethlehem Plowboys of the Tri-State League this week.

The home team got a boost from Daryl Wilson, who also joined the Titans just after the season started.

Wilson was on base three of the four times he was up Thursday night and he scored two runs.

A lead off walk by Wilson in the first led to a stolen base and third base on the errant throw to second that went into centerfield.

Wilson would score on a laser of a double by Rich Spleth, who jumped on the first pitch he saw for the RBI two-bagger.

Torrington had a chance to really blow things open early when they loaded the bases with just one out but two consecutive caught looking third strikes ended the threat.

It didn’t look as if Dignacco would need much else as he cruised through the first three innings with some help from his defense and his catcher.

A 4-6-3 double play erased a lead-off infield hit and the first of two Maverick runners were caught stealing by Titans backstop, Ryan Plourde.

The Mavericks did get on the board in the top of the fourth after a lead off walk came back to haunt Dignacco.

Seacoast shortstop Jerico Weitzel stole second after the free pass and moved to third on a ground out to first.

On the play at first, Spleth dove towards the line to make the play, saving a run for the moment.

Maverick right fielder Eric LaBatte lined a double to center that scored Weitzel to tie things up at one.

From that point on though, Dignacco settled down to get the next two batters to end the threat and continued his roll while his team found some offense in the bottom of the fifth.

Wilson was once again in the middle of things, walking again to lead off the inning.

A balk and a walk to Josh Simms put runners on first and second and after a pop out to the pitcher, Kyle Murphy, who came into the game leading the Futures League with four RBI’s, added another with a ground ball single to right that scored Wilson for a 2-1 lead.

Simms would motor to third on the play and scored on an infield single to deep short by Plourde for that all important third run.

Torrington would need that run in a big way when the Mavericks added a run in the top of the eighth aided by an error to the lead off hitter in the inning, Dani Vincente.

A single to right by catcher Chris Tuttle put runners on first and second and a passed ball put them on second and third against Doucette.

Doucette, coming off Tommy John surgery, was throwing gas and got the second out of the inning on a called third strike but gave up a single to center that threatened to tie things at three.

In the beginning of the frame, Hunt had put Rich Graef, the Titans regular center fielder, in for defensive purposes and the drills the outfielders do with the manager paid off in a big way when Grief charged the ball well and unloaded a bullet to the plate that nailed Tittle for the third out.

Erickson came in for the ninth and his nasty, side arming action led to a fast ninth and a third win for Hunt and the Titans.

NOTES: The Titans will be home again on Friday night when they face off against the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at 7 p.m. at Fuessenich Park. The Sharks lost for the first time Thursday night, 4-2 to the Nashua Silver Knights and come to Torrington with a 3-1 record.



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