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Titans score early and often in 7-4 win over Seacoast. A story by Gary Robinson

POSTED June 27, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington Titans shortstop, Ryan Sonberg, slides in with a stolen base in first inning action on Sunday against the Seacoast Mavericks. Sonberg scored on a Aaron Nardone grand slam later in the inning as the home team posted a 7-4 win to improve to 5-4 on the year.

TORRINGTON- On Sunday, Mother Nature finally cooperated and allowed for the Torrington Titans to defeat the Seacoast Mavericks in a 7-4 contest.

The Titan’s have played just one game since Monday night as their last two out of three games were postponed due to rain.

“It’s hard to get on a roll,” said head coach Gregg Hunt. “It seems like we play well, then we get a rain out.”

In the first, Torrington drew three bases-on-balls, loading the bases for left fielder Aaron Nardone (1-2, 4 RBI, 2 runs). With a 1-1 count, Nardone got a pitch he could drive and smashed a grand slam over the 330 foot sign in right field.

“The pitch was middle, belt high,” said Nardone. “It was my pitch to hit.”

Heading into the second inning, the Mavericks needed to stop the bleeding as they faced an early 4-0 deficit. Seacoast’s Eric LaBatte led the inning off by reaching on an error. Short stop Dani Vincente followed up by roping a homerun, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

In the third inning, Seacoast’s starting pitcher continued with his command struggles as he walked three more Titan’s players, two of which came around to score.

“We were very patient at the plate,” said Hunt

That would be the last sign of offense from the Titans as they were held scoreless for the remaining five innings. However, that was enough for the Torrington’s starter Gavin McCullough who pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, all while surrendering zero walks.

“My fastball was working early,” said McCullough. “I started mixing in off-speed stuff in later innings.”

Unlike the Titans, the Mavericks could not seem to get their offense together. They were only able to tack on two more runs, one in the seventh inning and one in the eighth. Torrington’s Spencer Kane and Jerin Spike came on in relief as they sealed the 7-4 win.

With the victory the Titans move above .500 with a 5-4 overall record. They are on the road for their next two games as they play the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on Tuesday and Seacoast Mavericks on Thursday.



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