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Titans use seven-run first to cruise to a 8-2 win over Nashua.

POSTED July 02, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington Titan Aaron Nardone, rounds third on his way to scoring druing a long first inning that saw the home team erupt for seven runs on their way to a 8-2 win over Nashua.

It did not start all that well for Torrington Titans starter, Kevin Bartlett.

A walk and two singles loaded the bases with nobody out and the heart of a hard hitting Nashua Silver Knights team coming up.

Bartlett calmed the waters quickly though, by getting the next batter to hit into a force at the plate on a grounder to third for the first out.

Two consecutive strikeouts left those base runners right there and the home team took quick advantage when they had a chance.

13 Titans came to the plate and when a long, long half inning was over, the home team had a commanding 7-0 lead.

Nashua had come into this came pounding the baseball during the first quarter of the schedule.

Their 10-6 record was tops in the FCBL and they had been scoring six plus runs per game.

Early offense was key and the Titans took full advantage of anything the Silver Knights gave them.

Nashua starter Jake Henderson didn’t get out of the first before finding himself down 5-0. Three walks and five hits later, a football score had been plated on the scoreboard after one.

Shane O’Connell knocked in a pair of runs while Thomas Richards had a two-run single on a liner over the first base bag during the attack.

Four players, Josh Band, Rich Graef, Andrew Spleth and Josh Simms had two-hit nights for the victors.

Bartlett would go six innings, allowing just a two-run home run by Kyle Neverman in the top of the fourth.

Three relievers, Spencer Kane, Bobby Chatfield and Evan Chamberlain each pitched a scoreless frame to get Bartlett his win.

Torrington will be in action again on Saturday night when the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks come to town with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Titans improve to 7-5 while the first place Silver Knights fall to 10-7.

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