Titans sign four from UConn.
In the midst of one of the most miserable winters in recent memory, the remedy could be thinking ahead to the warmer days of summer.
The Torrington Titans unveiled the first four players on Friday morning, with a very distinct local flavor at two levels.
All-Berkshire League stars Willy Yahn (Housatonic) and Zach Risedorf (Northwestern) will be joined by William Montgomerie (The Salisbury School) and Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich High School) on the field this June.
All four will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2014 and bring some serious talent to Fuessenich Park this summer.
Titan’s manager, Dan McNamara, says that "UConn does an excellent job recruiting some of the best players from within the state and our UConn guys are all Connecticut locals."
Yahn was named the Most Valuable Pitcher for his performance with the Mountaineers that included a 6-3 record with 102 strikeouts.
Aside from his performance on the mound, Yahn excelled at shortstop and got the attention of Titans head coach.
“Yahn is a solid infielder and also pitches,” according to McNamara, "We're expecting big things from him this summer and I think he has the potential to be drafted in the future. He is very athletic and is a gap to gap hitter, with pop in his bat."
Olmstead, an outfielder from Greenwich High School, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft straight out of high school last year.
He decided to keep his commitment to UConn and play for Coach Jim Penders instead. McNamara has said that, "Olmstead will be one of the top players in the FCBL this summer."
Zach Risedorf is a catcher from Barkhamsted, CT. He attended Northwestern Regional #7 and was named to the All-Berkshire League team after leading the Highlanders to a spot in the Class M Finals.
"Risedorf has the potential to be the team's starting catcher for the summer,” McNamara said. “He has quick release from behind the plate and has power potential in his hitting."
William Montgomerie is a RHP from Lakeville, CT who attended the Salisbury School. McNamara says that Montgomerie "has a great arm with a heavy sink in his repertoire and sits at 87-90."
Risedorf, Montgomerie and Yahn played together growing up so the Titans are "expecting them to be able to work really well together on the field," according to McNamara.
Aside from the recent signings the Titans are focusing on their Hot Stove Dinner on March 15th, featuring special guest Bobby Valentine.
The dinner will be held at the Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington.
Tickets are available at www.torringtontitans.com and are $45 for adults and $35 for children under the age of 12.