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Titans' Susi gets back to winning

POSTED July 10, 2014
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

TORRINGTON - When you are a starting pitcher, things aren't always going to go your way. Torrington Titans starting pitcher Brett Susi has learned that lesson well and dealing with it helped him get one to go his way.

Susi pitched five solid innings and got some support from the Titans offense in an 8-4 victory over the Nashua Silver Knights on Tuesday night at Fuessenich Park.

The win was Susi's second of the season (2-3) and snapped a three start losing skid. The former Southington High star allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

"He was making good pitches and showed what he had," Titans coach Dan McNamara said. "He could have had a couple quicker innings but that's just the way it goes sometimes. He stuck with it and that's the motto of this team, no quit and he showed that tonight. Today he had that no quit attitude."

Susi last threw on June 28 and having not posted a win he was eager to get back on the mound. Allowing a run in the first in an inning that included a Titans error could have sent him down the wrong road once again, but Susi battled and helped the Titans move ahead of the Silver Knights in the West Division standings.

"It was a grind," Susi said. "It was extended with all the rainouts it had been a while since I last pitched and it took me a little bit to get into it. But once I found a rhythm I was able to keep my fastball down and throw some ground balls."

The Titans turned three double plays behind Susi in five innings but that number could have been four or five. Susi gave up a single run in the first, fourth and fifth and in two of those innings an error helped contribute to the run.

But as any pitcher knows, that's baseball and this time Susi was able to get past it and keep the damage to a minimum.

"The last couple of games have been difficult but I have learned you go one at-bat at a time, one pitch at a time," Susi said. "I feel like in my last few starts when things started going haywire a little bit I got out of whack and lost my focus. Tonight if I gave up a hit or something just get right back at the next batter. Keep your focus and good things happen."

Good things happened when the Titans were at the plate as well, especially when Mike Odenwaelder was up. Odenwaelder hit his sixth home run of the season, doubled and had six RBI to lead the Titans offense. The run support did not go unoticed.

"My last few starts I had a few bad breaks, a few errors and some bad pitches and things just weren't going my way," Susi said. "It was nice to get out to an early lead and have a few things go my way."

Susi has made six starts for the Titans this summer and is building off a successful college debut season that comes after a stellar career at Southington High. Named All-State his senior year, Susi went to New Britain and was able to make an impact right away for the Blue Devils.

During the 2014 season Susi pitched 19.1 innings in eight appearances that included three starts. He went 1-0 and earned his first collegiate victory against Rhode Island on April 2, going five innings and allowing just one run and four hits.

"It was a great experience, It was nice that I was in the mix I got some innings and nice to get that much work as a freshman," Susi said. "I also got to watch the upper classmen take us to the playoffs which was pretty cool."

Now Susi is focused on getting his work in, improving and trying to help the Titans make a run at an FCBL title.

"The goal is to win a championship," Susi said. "The offense is definitely coming around, if we continue to get good pitching we are a good team. The pitching was a little ahead earlier in the season but the offense is better now so if we can get some good pitching and be consistent I think we have a good shot at it."

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