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Titans win second in row with 3-1 decision over Seacoast behind the pitching of Kevin Bartlett. Story by Gary Robinson.

POSTED July 07, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington Titans starting pitcher, Kevin Bartlett, pitched into the seventh inning on Wednesday night against the Martha's Vineyard Sharks. The Titans took both ends of the twin bill 4-3 and 4-2, and now lead the third place Sharks by four full games. Only the top two teams in the FCBL will make the playoffs this summer.

TORRINGTON-The Titans, who were not on their best defensive behavior on a hot summer afternoon, did enough to take their second straight against the Seacoast Mavericks, 3-1.

“We showed a little character by dodging the bullet all game,” said Titan’s head coach Gregg Hunt.

This was the second game of a four-game series between the two teams. The first two games were played on Wednesday and Thursday in Torrington and the remaining two games will be played in a double-header tomorrow up in Rochester, NH, the home of the Mavericks.

“We’ve stayed over before,” said Mavericks head coach Chris Anderson. “It was nice. It was better than driving back and forth.”

Despite committing five errors, the Titans miscues did not come back to haunt them.

The man they have to thank for that good fortune was starting pitcher, Kevin Bartlett.

Bartlett, who was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday, threw seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six.

“I was sick yesterday,” said Bartlett. “It was all about being focused.”

The Mavericks starter, Ryan Walker, also pitched well as he held the Titans scoreless for the first four innings.

“We are battling with some injuries and he stepped up big for us,” said Anderson.

Both teams matched one another as they got runners in scoring position, but could not push them across the plate.

With two outs in the fifth inning, Torrington’s first baseman Ryan Spleth (3-4 run, RBI) reached on a single. He was followed by Shane O’Connell, who found some grass with a single of his own. A passed-ball by the Mavericks catcher allowed for Spleth and O’Connell to move up to second and third.

On a 2-1 count, Titans third baseman Kyle Murphy ripped a single to left, scoring both runners. This brought the crowd, particularly the youngsters, to their feet as it was Camper Day at Fuessenich Park.

The Titans had broken through and took a 2-0 lead at the end of five.

Bartlett had the Maverick’s number, keeping them off the scoreboard for six innings.

It was not until Seacoast’s Ryan Toimil, who reached on a HBP, crossed the plate on a ground ball to second by Jerico Weitzel in the seventh that the shutout was lost and the lead cut to 2-1.

The Titans answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Torrington’s Josh Simms (3-4 run) smashed a triple over the centerfielder’s head. In hopes of preventing the run from reaching home, the Mavericks moved their entire infield in. The plan backfired as Spleth placed a bloop hit right over the infielder’s, allowing Simms to score.

Bobby Chatfield and Jerin Spikes each pitched an inning in relief as they secured the victory for the Titans.

The Titans (10-6) sit in a tightly knit three-team race for first place in the FCBL between Martha’s Vineyard (11-7) and Nashua (12-8).

They hold a percentage point lead over both teams, who will be in action against each other on Thursday night at Nashua.

Torrington returns to Fuessenich Park on Sunday at 1 pm where they face-off against the Sharks.


Torrington 3, Seacoast 1

At Fuessenich Park

                                           R H E

Seacoast    0 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 0  1 4 0

Torrington 0 0 0  0 2 0  1 0 x-  3 11 5


WP: Kevin Bartlett LP:Ryan Walker

HR: none

2B: none

3B: Torrington- Josh Simms

Records: Seacoast (4-16) Torrington (10-6)





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