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Titans search for consistency on the mound.

POSTED July 03, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It may have been a dry June, but Mother Nature reminded the Torrington Titans that it still rains in the Northwest Corner with a washout of their scheduled Wednesday night game against the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide.

Hey, the player could have had the Raging Tide’s luck. OOB played in Pittsfield on Tuesday night, stayed at a hotel, checked out and waited on their bus to see if they were going to play on Wednesday at Fuessenich Park.

Ouch, talk about not having a fun day. All part of the experience of playing summer baseball.

When the Titans do return to the field, whether it be today or Friday (neither day looks real good on the weather front) they will be in search of some consistency from a pitching staff that started strong this summer but has struggled of late.

In fact, Torrington starters have failed to register a quality start (six or more innings pitched with three earned runs or less) in their last nine games.

The Titans have been riding the streak elevator of late, losing three, winning three and after a 16-4 thumping at the hands of the Seacoast Mavericks on Tuesday night are back on a three game slide.

Nobody is running away with either the West or Eastern division on the FCBL so far.

Worcester (16-8) leads the East while Brockton (17-8) sits atop the West. Torrington finds themselves four and a half games back of the Bravehearts, a team playing in the FCBL for the first time, with a 12-13 mark.

The last time a Titan hurler made it through the sixth inning was on June 19 when Mike McGee (Buffalo) gave up just one run in a 7-2 win over the Rox. McGee is no longer with the team, due to some arm soreness he felt after that one start.

Torrington is in general having a good year at the plate. They sport a .261 batting average but have a staff earned run average of 4.60. They are scoring nearly five runs per game but allowing almost five and a half.

34 errors in 25 games have not helped the pitchers at times either.

On the bright side, the Titans leadoff hitter, Jack St Clair (Holy Cross) has done everything but line the bases so far this summer.

St Clair is second in the FCBL with his .404 batting average that has seen him on base all but one game so far this season.

The Holy Cross junior has 13 multi-hit games to his credit thus far. He has six, three-hit games and a four hit outing. Throw in 17 walks, 13 stolen bases, 24 runs scored two home runs and 11 RBI’s and you can see why he was named the FCBL Player of the Month.

Local sensation Michael Odenwaelder has not cooled off from his hot spring at Amherst; his 25 RBI’s leads the league while his four home runs rank third.

It’s a tightly bunched Western Division with four teams within three and a half games of each other behind the Bravehearts.

Nearing the halfway point of the summer, which teams will start to separate themselves from the pack and which ones will be done playing in the first week of August?

Stay tuned.

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