Games 1 to 30
Game 30: Concord 4, Twisters 2
CONCORD, N.H. -- The Quarry Dogs snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory at Warren Doane Stadium. All-Star pitcher John Velosky scattered seven hits but didn't allow a run to improve to 6-1 and lower ERA to 0.76, second behind teammate Matt Elfeldt (0.72). Velosky struck out eight in six innings work.
Elfedlt, the former Twisters, struck out three Twister batters in the ninth to earn his league-leading 10th save and his second against Torrington. Adam Haley and Mike McMillian each were 2-for-4 for the Twisters (22-8), who saw their magic number to clinch the National Division title and a playoff berth shrink to four. Keene (18-15) lost to Riverpoint, 3-2. Rory Shortell took the loss for the Twisters while Anthony Tranchina pitching two innings of shutout relief.
Concord 4, Torrington 2
Torrington (22-8) 000 002 000 -- 2-7-0
Concord (15-19) 002 020 00x -- 4-6-4
Rory Shortell, Anthony Tranchina (8) and Brian Lentz; John Velosky, Steve Reiss (8), Matt Elfeldt (9) and Matt Tupman; WP -- Velosky (6-1), LP -- Shortell (2-3); 2B -- Brandon Roberts (T), Anthony Derosa (Con); Att. -- 1,233
Game 29: Twisters 9, Danbury 4
DANBURY, July 19 -- Nate Gold belted his fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the first inning to help lead the Twisters (22-7) to a 9-4 victory at Rogers Park. Gold finished with four RBI on the evening. Robert Newton was 2-for-4 with two RBI while Brian Lentz had a hit and two RBI. Pitcher Wendell Anderson (1-1) earned his first win in a Twister uniform while C.J. Giampaolo earned his first save.
With the win, Torrington cut its magic number to clinch the NECBL National Division title to five. The Twisters moved to 15 games over .500, three shy of its regular-season record of 18 (30-12) set in 1998.
Torrington 9, Danbury 4
Torrington (22-7) 300 000 204 -- 9-6-2
Danbury (15-18) 110 010 100 -- 4-8-3
Wendell Anderson, C.J. Giampaolo (8) and Brian Lentz; Mike Eilers, Michael Dolgas (7), Dan Mead (9) and Luis Boullon; WP -- Anderson (1-0); LP -- Eilers (0-5); Save -- Giampaolo (1); 2B Taber Lee (T), Marshall Hubbard (D), Bill Moore (D); HR -- Nate Gold (T)
Game 28: Twisters 2, Keene 0
TORRINGTON, July 17 -- The Twisters displayed some championship-caliber poise Tuesday night to take command of the NECBL's National Division race with a 2-0 victory over the Keene Swamp Bats at Fuessenich Park. The defending NECBL champion Swamp Bats loaded the bases with none out in the second inning. But a heads-up double play by Twister third baseman Justin McClain helped pull the Twisters out of the jam.
In the seventh inning with a runner on second base, Twister centerfielder Mike McMillian misjudged a deep fly ball but still ran it down to make a crucial out. With the win, Torrington (21-7) cut its magic number to clinching the National Division title and a playoff berth to six games. Any combination of six Twister wins or six losses by the Swamp Bats (18-14) will give Torrington the first National Division crown.
Torrington 2, Keene 0
Keene (18-14) 000 000 000 -- 0-3-1
Torrington (21-7) 010 000 01x -- 2-4-2
Kevin Field and Jon Douillard; Tim Leveque, Jeff Trosz (8) and Billy Ryan; WP -- Leveque (5-1); LP -- Field (1-5); Att. -- 350.
Exhibition: Team USA 13, Twisters 4
TORRINGTON, July 17 -- Team USA had 14 hits led by Ryan Hubele (Texas) with a 3-for-4 performance including a double and home run and three RBI to lead in a 13-4 exhibition victory over the Twisters at Fuessenich Park.
Nate Gold had a home run while Justin McClain added a double for the Twisters (20-7 NECBL, 20-9). Anthony Tranchina made his Twister debut with two innings of work, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. Twister pitching coach Darryl Morhardt pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh while former minor league pitcher Scott Arigoni pitched an inning of relief.
Team USA 13, Torrington 4
Team USA (12-5-1) 101 344 0 -- 13 14 2
Torrington (20-9) 000 130 0 -- 4 8 1
Bullington, Ring (7) and ; Wendell Anderson, Anthony Tranchina (3), Tony Stutz (5), Scott Arigoni (6), Darryl Morhardt (7) and Billy Ryan;
WP -- Bullington (2-0); LP -- Anderson; 2B -- Baker (USA), Herrera (USA), McClain (T); 3B -- Hubele (USA); HR -- Hubele (USA), Quintanilla (USA), Gold (T); Att. --1150
Exhibition: Team USA 7, Twisters 0
TORRINGTON, July 16 -- C.J. Giampaolo's introduction to the NECBL wasn't a pretty one. He had an earned run average over 13.00 after his first two outings. But the Torrington resident has adapted and turned in one of his most impressive performances of the season Sunday with three shutout innings of relief against Team USA at Fuessenich Park. Click on this link for the full story.
Team USA 7, Torrington 0
Team USA (11-5-1) 001 500 010 -- 7-11-1
Torrington (20-8) 000 000 000 -- 0-3-1
Kiki Bengoechea, Bob Zimmerman (8), Tim Cunningham (9) and Chris Snyder; Rob Harrand, C.J. Giampaolo (5), Jeff Trzos (8) and Brian Lentz; WP -- Bengoechea (2-0); LP -- Harrand; 2B -- Jeff Baker (USA), Michael Aubrey (USA), Kevin Howard (USA), Jeremy Reed (USA); Att. -- 1,330.
Game 27: Twisters 7, Lowell 6
LOWELL, Mass., July 14 -- Nick Carbone's RBI single in the eighth inning capped off a three-run outburst to lead the Twisters (20-7) past the All-Americans in Lowell. Torrington led by one, 4-3, after seven innings but three runs in the eighth capped the victory. Billy Ryan doubled and scored on Brandon Robert's double. Brian Lentz singled before Mike McMillian's RBI single scored Roberts for a 6-3 lead.
Adam McCusker hit his second home run of the year for Lowell (13-12), which rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Lowell's Jason Cloar doubled, pinch-hitter Ryan Leahy walked and Josh Boop singled. An error opened the gate for the runs but reliever Tony Stutz snuffed out Lowell's hopes on two infield ground balls and a pop fly. Stutz earned his second save of the season. Eric Thomas (2-1) earned the victory.
Torrington 7, Lowell 6
Torrington (20-7) 030 010 030 -- 7-13-2
Lowell (13-13) 020 001 003 -- 6-7-1
Eric Thomas, Tony Stutz (7) and Brian Lentz; Chris Shank, D. Close (8), Lynch (9) and Ellerbrook; WP -- Thomas (2-1), LP
Shank; Save -- Stutz 2; 2B -- Nate Gold (T), Billy Ryan (T) 2, Brandon Roberts (T), J. Clear (L), 3B -- D. Whalen (L); HR Aaron
McCusker (L); Att. -127
Game 26: Keene 11, Torrington 4
TORRINGTON, July 13 -- For the first time all season, the Twisters have lost two in a row after the defending NECBL champion Swamp Bats ripped 21 hits to beat Torrington at Fuessenich Park. Starter Rory Shortell (2-2) gave up 10 hits and six runs. Second baseman Adam Haley and Mike McMillian combined for three innings on the mound in mop-up relief. Haley allowed only three hits and no runs in his two innings of work.
Jordan Czarniecki was 3-for-4 with one RBI and a double. Justin McClain, Billy Ryan and Brandon Roberts also doubled for the Twisters (19-7).
Keene 11, Torrington 4
Keene (16-12) 220 020 041 -- 11-21-1
Torrington (19-7) 000 000 130 -- 4-11-1
J. Nyweide, C. Wentworth (7), K. Field (8) and J. Douillard; Rory Shortell, Adam Haley (6), Mike McMillian (8), Tony Stutz (9) and Billy Ryan; WP -- Nyweide (4-0); LP -- Shortell (2-2); 2B -- K. Melillo (K)2, M. Lesile (K) 2, E. Rico (K), Justin McClain (T), Billy Ryan (T), Brandon Roberts (T), Jordan Czarniecki (T); Att. -- 1438
Game 25: Middletown 2, Twisters 1
MIDDLETOWN, July 12 -- Pitchers Brian Robinson (Vermont) and Mike Gauthier (Boston College) combined to limit the Twisters (19-6) to only one run and five hits as the Giants beat Torrington, 2-1 at Palmer Field. Middletown (11-13) took a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Ryan Bittner in the second inning but Torrington tied it in the third when Brian Kraft scored on a wild pitch.
The Giants took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Nick Macellaro singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Kevin Wissner's two-out single to left field. Gauthier earned his second save with two innings of work, allowing only one hit while striking out two and walking two.
Taber Lee tripled for the Twisters while Mike McMillian had two hits. Starter Reuben Kerbs (3-2) took the loss. He scattered six hits and struck out four. Reliever C.J. Giampoalo pitched two strong innings of relief, allowing only one hit.
Middletown 2, Torrington 1
Torrington (19-6) 001 000 000 -- 1-5-0
Middletown (11-13) 010 010 00x -- 2-7-0
Reuben Kerbs, C.J. Giampaolo (7) and Billy Ryan; Brian Robinson, Mike Gauthier (8) and Jason Greco; WP -- Robinson (3-1); LP Kerbs (3-2); S Gauthier (2); 2B -- C. Cambra (M), Jason Boice (M), Ryan Bittner (M); 3B -- Tabor Lee (T); Att. -- 200
Game 24: Twisters 5, Riverpoint 2
TORRINGTON, July 11 -- Justin McClain continued his hot streak at the plate with a double and two-run home run to lead the Twisters (19-5) over the Royals at Fuessenich Park. McClain, who hit a grand slam on Wednesday against Eastern, hit a home run for the second straight game. It was his third homer of the season. "It all started (Tuesday)," McClain told the Waterbury Republican-American. "I got a good swing, built a little confidence and now the ball looks like a beach ball."
Tabor Lee had three hits including an RBI double while Nate Gold had an RBI single for the Twisters. Starter Tim Leveque improved to 4-1 by limiting the Royals (9-18) to five hits and two runs over seven innings. He struck out six. C.J. Giampaolo pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing only one hit. The Twisters improved to 13-2 against American Division teams.
Torrington 5, Riverpoint 2
Riverpoint (9-18) 000 020 000 -- 2-6-0
Torrington (19-5) 004 100 00x -- 5-10-0
M. Ferguson, M. Satynryana (6) and J. Barnes; Tim Leveque, C.J. Giampaolo and Brian Lentz; WP -- Leveque (4-1); LP -- Ferguson (0-5); 2B -- S. Lafaivre (Ri), Tabor Lee (T), Justin McClain (T); HR --
Justin McClain (T); Att. 550.
Game 23: Twisters 7, Eastern 6 (10)
Game 22: Twisters 2, Concord 1 (10)
TORRINGTON, July 11 -- The 2001 edition of the Torrington Twisters are proving to be a special ballclub. The Twisters swept a pair of New England Collegiate Baseball League contests Tuesday night in Fuessenich Park with some exceptional play.
In both games, the Twisters blew saves in the bottom of the ninth. In both games, they rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th inning. In a rare afternoon contest, the Twisters beat Concord, 2-1. Jordan Czarniecki singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on a successful sacrifice bunt by Adam Haley and scored on a fielder's choice. In the nightcap, Torrington (18-5) was one strike away from a two-run victory over Eastern but had to go to the 10th inning when Haley smacked an RBI single up the middle to score Andrew Tousaint for a 7-6 victory. Justin McClain belted a grand slam for Torrington to help erase a 4-0 deficit.
"We don't quit," Twister coach Gregg Hunt said. "We have been very resilient. We seem to find ways to win. We could have folded but we didn't."
Torrington 7, Eastern 6 (10)
Eastern (14-13) 012 001 002 0 -- 6-12-2
Torrington (18-5) 000 006 000 1 -- 7-10-3
Matt Fortin, Ty Bongiovanni (3), Jonas Swyer (6), Matt Schumey (10) and Michael Lombardi; Wendell Anderson, Tony Stutz (7), Jeff Trzos (9) and Brian Lentz; WP -- Trzos (2-0); LP -- Swyer (3-1); 2B -- Jake Boyle (E), Brian Sanders (E), Michael Lombardi (E); 3B -- Cy Hess (E); HR - Justin McClain (T); Att. 1023
Torrington 2, Concord 1 (10)
Concord (13-13) 000 000 010 0 -- 1-4-0
Torrington (17-5) 001 000 000 1 -- 2-9-3
Matt Cavallaro, Steve Rice (3), Kevin Brower (7), Derek Miller (10) and Matt Tupman; Rob Harrand, Jeff Trzos (8) and Billy Ryan; WP --
Trzos (1-0); LP -- Brower (2-3); 2B -- Brandon Roberts (T); Att. --
Game 21: Concord 4, Twisters 1
CONCORD, N.H., July 8 -- After losing eight in a row, the Concord Quarry Dogs seemed to have righted the listing ship. The Q-Dogs won for the fourth straight game Sunday with a 4-1 win over the National Division leading Torrington at Warren Doane Memorial Field. Concord's Jordan Thompson scattered three hits, allowing only one run. He struck out four and walked none in six innings work. Matt Wolski was 3-for-4 with a one run and one RBI while Junior Media was 2-for-3.
For the Twisters (16-5), Taber Lee had a RBI single while Brian Kraft and Adam Haley each added singles. Tupman threw out both Twister runners that tried to steal on him Lee and Justin McClain. Concord, which is 2-0 against the Twisters, improved to 13-12.
Concord 4, Torrington 1
Torrington (16-5) 001 000 000 -- 1-3-1
Concord (13-12) 002 200 00x -- 4-7-1
Eric Thomas, Tyler Stutz (7) and Billy Ryan; Jordan Thompson, Matt Reiss (8), Dave Williamson (9) and Matt Tupman; WP --
Thompson (2-2); LP --Thomas (1-1); Save -- Willamson (1); 2B --
Jordan Cantlmessa (C); 3B -- Brock Koman (C); Att. -- 1,250
Games 19-20: Newport 4-6, Twisters 1-10
NEWPORT, R.I., July 7 -- The Twisters split a doubleheader with the Gulls at Cardines Field. In game one, lefthander Joel Kirsten (Pierce College) allowed only two hits and walked none to lead Newport to a 4-1 victory. Jordan Czarnicki had an RBI single, driving in Brian Kraft, who doubled in the sixth for Torrington. For Newport, Mike Bohlander went 2-for-3 while Chad Henry had a solo home run along with two RBI.
In game two, Torrington (16-4) had nine hits in a 10-6 victory. Justin McClain was 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored. Kraft was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Czarniecki had a double and two RBI. Reuben Kerbs earned the win on the mound for the Twisters while C.J. Giampaolo pitched the sixth and held off a late Gulls rally.
Newport 4, Torrington 1
Torrington (15-4) 000 001 0 --1-2-1
Newport (14-8) 010 003 x --4-6-0
Corey Hahn, Jeff Trzos (6) and Brian Lentz; Joel Kirsten, B. Jacobsen (7) and Erik Winegarden; WP -- Kirsten (3-0), LP -- Hahn (1-1), Save -- Jacobsen (3); 2B -- Brian Kraft (T), HR -- Chad Henry (N)
Torrington 10, Newport 6
Torrington (16-4) 000 016 3 -- 10-9-1
Newport (14-9) 200 000 4 -- 6-7-4
Reuben Kerbs, C.J. Giampaolo (7) and Billy Ryan; J. Henderson, Turner (6), Bernazzi (6), Bergeron (6) and A. Zickgraft; WP -- Kerbs (3-1), LP -- Turner (2-1); 2B -- Jordan Cznariecki (T), Justin McClain 2 (T), Brian Kraft (T), A. Zickgraft (N); Att. -- 665
Game 18: Twisters 3, Middletown 2
TORRINGTON. July 6 --Twister pitched Rory Shortell got himself into a ninth-inning jam Friday night against the Midddletown Giants but wanted to get himself out of it. With no outs and the Twisters leading by two, Shortell gave up a single and walk. But the 6-foot-3 righthander struck out the next two batters looking to regain control of the contest.
The Giants cut the lead to one on a RBI single by Jeff Barry but Shortell got Tim Allen to ground the ball back to him to end the game and give Torrington a 3-2 victory before 1,347 excited fans at Fuessenich Park. Shortell struck out 12 batters, only one shy of the team single-game record held by four pitchers and last accomplished by Wes Self a year ago. Shortell (2-1) scattered four hits as the Twisters improved to a NECBL-best 15-3.
Torrington 3, Middletown 2
Middletown (7-11) 000 100 001 2-4-1
Torrington (15-3) 300 000 00x 3-7-0
Stephen Bray, Mike Gauthier (8) and Jeff Tarigo; Rory Shortell and Brian Lentz; WP -- Shortell (2-1), LP -- Bray (2-4); 2B -- Nate Gold (T), HR -- Gold (T), Kevin Wissner (M); Att. -- 1,347
Game 17: Twisters 5, Manchester 0
TORRINGTON, July 5 -- The red-hot Twisters rapped out 12 hits to rout Manchester, 5-0 in front of 1,740 at Fuessenich Park. Second baseman Adam Haley continued his strong play at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance for the second straight game. Haley had one RBI. Nate Gold had two RBI while Brian Lentz added an RBI single. Tabor Lee stole home in the first inning to give the Twisters (14-3) a 1-0 lead. Corey Hahn belted his first career NECBL home run.
Twister starter Tim Leveque (3-1) allowed only three hits over seven innings. The Twisters have won 10 of its last 11 contests and lead the NECBL's National Division by four games over Lowell and Keene. Manchester (7-15) lost for the 10th time in the last 12 games and for the fourth straight time.
Torrington 5, Manchester 0
Manchester (7-15) 000 000 000 -- 0 3 1
Torrington (14-3) 220 000 10x -- 5 12 1
Tim Leveque. Reuben Kerbs (8), Jeff Trzos (9) and Brian Lentz; J. Morrison, Brian Westhoff (3), M. Spavento (8) and Chris Denorfia, T. Stefkovich (4); WP -- Leveque (3-1) LP -- Morrison (2-2); 2B -- Mike McMillan (T), HR -- Cory Hahn (T); Att. -- 1740
Game 16: Twisters 10, Manchester 2
TORRINGTON, July 3 - - Adam Haley has started two games at shortstop for the Torrington Twisters this summer. In those two games, he is a combined 5-for-8 with a double and one RBI.
Last night, Haley continued his hot streak with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate and several strong plays at shortstop to lead the sizzling Twisters to a 10-2 NECBL victory over spiraling Manchester at Fuessenich Park Tuesday night.
Torrington 10, Manchester 2
Manchester (7-12) 010 000 010 -- 2- 8-2
Torrington (13-3) 201 200 05x -- 10-14-0
Ryan Darcy, Brian Mascaro (8) and Mike Leonard; Rob Harrand, Reuben Kerbs (7), C.J. Giampaolo (8), Jeff Trzos (9) and Billy Ryan, Brian Lentz (9); WP -- Harrand (2-0); LP -- Darcy (1-3); 2B Nate Gold (T), Brian Kraft (T), Evan Conley (M), Chris Denofria (M); Att. -- 1,731
Game 15: Twisters 8, Danbury 2
DANBURY, July 2 -- The Twisters earned their sixth straight road victory with a 8-2 decision over Danbury at Rogers Park. Starting pitcher Eric Thomas, the hard throwing 6-foot-8 righthander from Briarcliffe College, earned his first win on the mound for Torrington (12-3), which is undefeated on the road.
Danbury led 2-0 before the Twisters exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. Justin McClain belted a two-run double to deep centerfield, Andrew Tousaint added an RBI double while Mike McMillian had an RBI single. The fifth run scored when Jordan Czarniecki laid down a squeeze bunt and Brian Kraft raced home from third base. Torrington added three more runs in the ninth including two on a pinch-hit home run from Adam Haley -- his first of the season. Danbury pitcher Joe Thatcher didn't allow a hit in the first five innings.
Torrington 8, Danbury 2
Torrington 000 005 003 -- 8-9-1
Danbury 000 200 000 -- 2-4-3
Eric Thomas, Tyler Stutz (6) and Jeff Trzos (9) and Billy Ryan; Joe Thatcher, M. Harris (7) and D. Moore; WP -- Thomas (1-0); LP -- Thatcher (2-2); 2B -- Justin McClain (T) 2, Andrew Tousaint (T), M. Budak (D); HR -- Adam Haley (T). Att. -- 104
Rain wins again
TORRINGTON, July 1 -- For the fifth time in the last two weeks, rain claimed a Twister contest. Sunday's contest against the slumping Concord Quarry Dogs was a memory before it began. Heavy afternoon rain made Fuessenich Park unplayable forcing the Q-Dogs to return to the road after a short stay in the Fuessenich Park parking lot. The game will be rescheduled at a time and date to be announced. Four other washed out games have been rescheduled beginning with a game against Danbury Monday, July 2. Click here for the full story.
Game suspended in fifth
TORRINGTON, June 30 -- The Twisters' game with Lowell was suspended in the top of the fifth inning Saturday night at Fuessenich Park due to lightning and heavy rain. The score was tied 1-1. The game will be completed on July 21 at 6 p.m. as part of a doubleheader. Torrington starter Corey Hahn allowed four hits and struck out four through his 5 2/3 innings of work. Lowell starter Mike McGinn was also strong, allowed five hits through four innings on the mound. Taber Lee had two singles and a pair of stolen bases. He has stolen six bases in his last two games.
Game 14: Twisters 6, Riverpoint 5
WEST WARWICK, R.I., June 29 -- Tabor Lee's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning scored Robert Newton to lift the surging Twisters (11-3) to their ninth win in the last 10 games with a 6-5 victory over the Royals (5-15). Reliever Tony Stutz pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first victory of the season.
Riverpoint erased a 5-0 Twister lead and tied the game on a Lee Curtis home run off Twister starter Tim Leveque in the eighth inning. Lee had two hits and stole a season-high four bases for Torrington while catcher Brian Lentz hit his first home run of the season. It was Torrington's fourth one-run victory of the season.
Game 13: Danbury 10, Twisters 1
TORRINGTON, June 28 -- Jeremy Fortner allowed only two hits to lead Danbury to a 10-1 rout of the Twisters before a season-high 2,162 fans at Fuessenich Park. The win snapped a six-game winning streak by Torrington (10-3) -- its longest since July 1999.
Nate Gold had a double in the second inning for the Twisters while Andrew Touisant added a fifth inning triple. Four Twister hurlers combined to give up 10 hits to eight different players. Reuben Kerbs (2-1) took the loss. Twister reliever C.J. Giampaolo retired eight batters in a row at one point and hasn't given up a run in his last three appearances. The win was Danbury's biggest win ever over the Twisters. It was the second time this season and only the fourth time in team history that Torrington had only two hits in a game.
Danbury 10, Torrington 1
Danbury (8-7) 230 040 010 10-10-0
Torrington (10-3) 010 000 000 1- 2-2
Reuben Kerbs, C.J. Giampoalo (5), Eric Thomas (8), Tony Stutz (9) and Bill Lentz; Jeremy Fortner, Adrian Goas (9) and Dustin Moore; WP -- Fortner (2-1); LP -- Kerbs (2-1);2B -- Greg Taylor (D), Joe Apotheker (D), Luis Boullon (D), Nate Gold (T); 3B -- Andrew Tousaint (T); Att. -- 2,162
Game 12: Twisters 8, Manchester 6
MANCHESTER, June 26 -- A strong effort from the bullpen helped the Twisters rally from a four-run deficit and top Manchester, 8-6 to earn its sixth straight victory before 427 at Northwest Park. Starter Rory Shortell lasted only three innings and the Twisters trailed 4-0. Torrington native C.J. Giampaolo, who pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth, turned in a strong two-inning effort followed by Rob Harrand, Reuben Kerbs, Corey Hahn and closer Jeff Trzos. The bullpen crew scattered five hits and allowed only two runs in the final six innings. Trzos struck out two in the ninth to earn his sixth save.
The Twisters, off to their best start ever at 10-2, were led by third baseman Justin McClain, who was 4-for-4 with three RBI. Nate Gold ripped his second triple of the season while Brandon Roberts had a two-RBI double. Catcher Billy Ryan had two doubles to lead Torrington's 12-hit attack -- its largest of the season. Twister shortstop Taber Lee had his eight-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 performance but he still leads the NECBL in hitting with a .395 batting average.
Torrington 8, Manchester 6
Torrington (10-2) 000 410 210 -- 8-12-2
Manchester (5-9) 202 002 000 -- 6-10-3
Rory Shortell, C.J. Giampaolo (4), Rob Harrand (6), Reuben Kerbs (6), Corey Hahn (7), Jeff Trzos (9) and Billy Ryan; Ryan Darcy, Brian Mascaro (7) and M. Leonard; WP -- Kerbs (2-0); LP -- Darcy (1-2); 2B -- Brandon Roberts (T), Billy Ryan (T) 2, J. Nelson (M); 3B -- Nate Gold (T), Chris Denorfia (M); Att. -- 427.
Twisters game with Newport postponed
TORRINGTON, June 23 -- Torrington really is the home of the twisters. A tornado touched down in Torrington on Saturday afternoon, tearing a swath of destruction about 200 yards wide and a half-mile long. The twister destroyed an $8,000 storage shed used by the Torrington Midget Football League that had just been completed. Rain from several thunderstorm cels caused the cancellation of Saturday night's Twister game with Newport to July 21. Fuessenich Park was unharmed.
Game 11:Twisters 9, Manchester 2
MANCHESTER, June 22 -- Nate Gold and Robert Newton each had a single, double and two RBI to lead the surging Twisters (9-2) to their fifth straight victory with a win at Northwest Park. Corey Hahn made his pitching debut for Torrington, going six innings, striking out three and allowing only three hits. Adam Haley and Justin Czarniecki each had two hits for the Twisters, who increased their National Division lead over Concord to 1.5 games.
Torrington 9, Manchester 2
Torrington 010 123 200 -- 9-11-0
Manchester 001 000 000 -- 1-5-2
Corey Hahn, C.J. Giampaolo (7), Rob Harrand (8), Tony Stutz (9) and Billy Ryan; D. Weinkauf, M. Spavento (6), Brian Mascaro (7), B. Westhoff (8) and M. Leonard; WP -- Hahn (1-0); LP -- Weinkauf (0-1); 2B -- Tabor Lee (T), Hahn (T), Robert Newton (T), Nate Gold (T), Adam Haley (T), G. Morris (M); Att. -- 672.
Danbury game rained out
DANBURY, June 20 -- Wednesday night's game with the Danbury Westerners was rained out and will be rescheduled to Monday, July 2.
Game 10: Twisters 2, Middletown 0
TORRINGTON, June 19 -- Torrington won its fourth in a row with a 2-0 win over Middletown at Fuessenich Park. The Twisters (8-2) are off to the best start in the team's history. Pitcher Tim Leveque (2-1) allowed only two hits over seven innings and retired 11 batters in a row at one point. Jeff Trzos pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
The Twisters took an early lead. Rob Newton doubled and Nate Gold smacked an RBI single to score him. It was Gold's team-leading 14th RBI of the season. In the fifth, Mike McMillan reached first on an error, stole second base, took third on Jordan Czarniecki's groundout and scored on a Newton added an RBI single up the middle for a 2-0 lead.
Second baseman Brian Kraft made two outstanding defensive plays at second base --- a diving stop in the fourth inning and a leaping catch in the seventh. Torrington native Nick Carbone got his first NECBL hit, a single to right field. With the season just about 25 percent complete, the Twisters (8-2) lead the expansion Concord Quarry Dogs (7-2) by a game in the NECBL's National Division. The previous best start in Twister history was a 7-3 mark in 1998. Slumping Middletown (3-6) lost its sixth straight game.
DEPARTURES: The Twisters lost a pair of starting pitchers this week. Bucknell lefthander Kevin McDowell and San Diego State's
Mike Moat, who were a combined 3-0 with an ERA of 0.60, left the team along with little-used designated hitter Chris Cole of San Diego State.
McDowell pitched for Torrington in 1999 and returned this summer. He missed most of the 2000 season at Bucknell with an arm injury. He signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers after being drafted in the 15th round of the Major League baseball draft earlier this month. McDowell pitched six innings this season for the Twisters in a 6-3 win over Keene on June 14, allowing only two hits and striking out six. He'll play for the Tigers' Class A rookie league affiliate in Oneonta, N.Y.
Moat (2-0, 0.60) allowed only seven hits in a pair of wins over Eastern (6-4 on June 7) and Keene (4-1, June 8) in front of the largest crowd of the season at Fuessenich Park. Cole was a little-used DH who was looking for his first NECBL hit. He was 0-for-8 at the plate in three appearances.
Torrington 2, Middletown 0
Middletown 000 000 000 0-2-3
Torrington 100 010 00x 2-9-0
M. Collar, S. Bray (8) and J. Tarigo; Tim Leveque, Tony Stutz (8), Jeff Trzos (9); WP -- Leveque (2-1), LP -- Collar (0-2); S --Trzos (4); 2B -- Robert Newton (T) 2; Att. --- xxxx
Riverpoint game rained out
TORRINGTON, June 17-- Sunday's game with the Riverpoint Royals was rained out and will be rescheduled at July 11.
Game 9: Twisters 1, Lowell 0
TORRINGTON, June 16 -- Starter Rory Shortell has pitched three games this year for the Twisters. He hasn't got much support in any game. But one run was enough Saturday night to lift the Twisters past the Mill City All-Americans from Lowell, Mass., 1-0. Shortell (1-1) had a no-hitter going through five innings before Josh Boot managed a bunt single in the sixth inning. Boot had the only other Lowell hit, a single in the ninth inning. Shortell finished with five strikeouts and one walk.
The Twisters (7-2) scored its lone run in the seventh. With two outs, Adam Haley struck out on a wild pitch from Lowell starter Doug Johnson (9 strikeouts). Haley reached first on the error and took second base on another wild pitch. He scored when Mike McMillian lofted a soft fly ball just onto the outfield grass in left center field for the game-winning run. McMillian entered the game hitting .120. The win was Torrington's sixth in the last seven games.
Torrington 1, Lowell 0
Lowell 000 000 000 -- 0-3-1
Torrington (7-2) 000 000 10x -- 1-4-0
Doug Johnson and R. Hanigan; Rory Shortell and Brian Lentz; WP -- Shortell (1-1), LP -- Johnson (1-1); Att -1058
Game 8: Twisters 4, Keene 1
TORRINGTON, June 15 -- As a freshman at San Diego State, pitcher Mike Moat spent most of his freshman year coming out of the bullpen for the nationally-ranked Aztecs. This summer with the Twisters, he is back to doing what he enjoys most -- starting.
Moat won his second straight start Friday night scattering five hits over eight innings to lead the Torrington Twisters to a 4-1 New England Collegiate Baseball League victory over the slumping Keene Swamp Bats at Fuessenich Park. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound righthander wasn't overpowering. He had only one strikeout. But he walked just one and induced the Swamp Bats into 16 ground ball outs. He also contributed defensively by starting a two of the three double plays that Torrington turned.
Torrington 4, Keene 1
Keene (2-6) 001 000 000 -- 1-5-4
Torrington (6-2) 100 021 00x -- 4-8-1
Geno Orsogna, Chris Gale (7) and Jon Douillard; Mike Moat, Jeff Trzos (9) and Billy Ryan; WP Moat (2-0); LP Orsogna (0-1); 2B Tabor Lee (T), Brandon Roberts (T), Adam Haley (T), Worth Scott (K); Att. 2,017
Game 7: Twisters 6, Keene 3
KEENE, N.H., June 14, 2001 -- Nate Gold slugged his NECBL-leading third home run of the season while teammate Brandon Roberts added his second home run to lead the Twisters to their fifth win in the last six games with a 6-3 win over the defending NECBL champion Swamp Bats before 1,118 in Keene.
Lefthanded pitcher Kevin McDowell from Bucknell made his first start of the season, pitching six strong innings allowing only two hits, two walks and striking out six. Gold smacked a three-run home run in the first inning part of a five-run inning for the Twisters (5-2). McDowell left the game with a 6-0 lead.
Torrington native C.J. Giampaolo made his Twister debut pitching in relief. He set Keene down in order in the seventh inning but ran into trouble in the eighth when Keene's Erik Rico belted a three-run home run. Reliever Reuben Kerbs came on to strike out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Kerbs got Rico to fly out with two runners on base to earn his first save of the year.
Torrington 6, Keene 3
At Keene, N.H.
Torrington (5-2) 510 000 000 -- 6-9-0
Keene (2-5) 000 000 030 -- 3-6-1
Kevin McDowell, C.J. Giampaolo (7), Reuben Kerbs (8) and Billy Ryan; Jeff Dixon, Kevin Field (3), Carrington Fisk (9) and J. Douillard, Chris Westerveldt (8); WP - McDowell (1-0), LP Dixon; Save: Kerbs (T) 1; HR Nate Gold (T), Brandon Roberts (T), Erik Rico (K)
Game 6: Eastern 3, Twisters 2
TORRINGTON, June 13, 2001 -- Two weeks ago, Eastern Tides pitcher Brian Whinnery was on the mound helping his University of St. Thomas baseball team win a NCAA Division III national championship. A week ago, he gave up five hits and five runs in his NECBL debut in a loss to the Torrington Twisters. Wednesday night, the Twisters saw the pitcher that helped his team win a national title.
Whinnery scattered six hits and struck out two to lead Eastern to its third straight win with a 3-2 New England Collegiate Baseball League victory over Torrington, snapping the Twister's four-game winning streak, before 790 fans at Fuessenich Park.
Eastern 3, Torrington 2
Eastern (4-3) 000 010 020 -- 3-7-2
Torrington (4-2) 000 000 110 -- 2-7-0
Brian Whinnery, Matt Schumey (8) and Mickey Lombardi; Tim Leveque, Jeff Trzoz (8) and Brian Lentz, Chris Cole (8); WP Whinnery (1-1), LP Leveque (1-1), Save Schumey (1); 2B Brandon Roberts (T), Jake Boyle (E), Mike Mocerino (E), Att. 790
Game 5: Twisters 5, Newport 4
TORRINGTON, June 10, 2001 -- The Torrington Twisters had several impressive achievements in Sunday night's NECBL contest with Newport at Fuessenich Park. The Twisters laid down two successful sacrifice bunts, had two crucial catches in the outfield in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame and an key two-run home run by Justin McClain in the eighth inning.
But the most impressive achievement came from the Twisters' Tabor Lee, who scored from third base on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Twisters to a 5-4 victory over the Gulls. It was Torrington's fourth straight win.
Torrington 5, Newport 4
Newport (2-3) 020 000 020 -- 4-10-0
Torrington (4-1) 100 001 021 -- 5-8-1
Chris Barlow, Jeff Lacher (6), Chris Hughes (7), Michael Bergeron (8) and Erik Winegarden, A.J. Zickgraf (8); Rory Shortell, Reuben Kerbs (8) and Brian Lentz, Billy Ryan (9); WP Kerbs (1-0); LP Bergeron (0-1); 2B Tabor Lee (T), Eddie Harper (N), Doug Jackson (N); 3B Nate Gold (T); HR Justin McClain (T), Mike Bohlander (N), Julian Davis (N); Att. 1,226.
Game 4: Twisters 3, Riverpoint 1
Torrington 3, Riverpoint 1
At West Warwick, R.I.
Torrington 000 011 001 -- 3-6-2
Riverpoint 001 000 000 -- 1-3-2
R. Harrand, T. Stutz (6), Jeff Trzos (9) and Billy Ryan; B. Wahlberg, M. Ferguson (7), P. Donaldson (9) and E. Pittman; WP Harrand (1-0); LP Wahlberg (0-1); Save Trzos (T) 2; 2B Kraft (T), HR Brandon Roberts (T); Att. --127.
Game 3: Twisters 6, Eastern 4
WILLIMANTIC, June 7, 2001 Catcher Billy Ryan his NECBL debut a successful one with a 4-for-5 performance to lead the Twisters past Eastern, 6-4. Ryan also threw out an Eastern runner trying to steal second base.
Twister shortstop Tabor Lee continued his hot streak with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, including a double. DH Nate Gold hit his second home run of the season and had three RBI.
Torrington 6, Eastern 4
Torrington (3-1) 000 023 001 -- 6-11-3
Eastern 000 020 020 -- 4-7-2
Mike Moat, T. Stutz (8), Jeff Trzos (9) and Billy Ryan; B. Whinney, J. Swyer (6), M. Schumey (7), J. Ward (8), M. Fortin (9) and M. Lombardi; WP Moat (1-0); LP Whinnery (0-1); Save Trzos (2); 2B Travis Lee (T), J. Turini (E); HR Nate Gold (T)
Game 2: Twisters 5, Danbury 4
TORRINGTON, June 5, 2001 -- A year ago, the Torrington Twisters wasted many opportunities to succeed in the first losing season in the franchise's history. Last night in game two, Torrington began to erase that legacy. Clutch hits from Nate Gold and Brandon Roberts helped spark the Twisters to their first victory of the season with a 5-4 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) victory over Danbury before 1,074 at Fuessenich Park.
After Danbury starter Mike Eilers hit the first two batters of the game, Gold ripped a one-out double to the base of the centerfield fence 400 feet away for a quick 2-0 lead. He scored on a RBI single by Justin McLain for a 3-0 lead.
Torrington 5, Danbury 4
Danbury (0-1) 010 200 010 -- 4-8-0
Torrington (1-1) 300 200 00x -- 5-5-3
Mike Eilers, Jeremy Fortner (8) and Luis Boulion, Dustin Weaver (8), ; Tim Leveque, Reuben Herbs (6), Tony Stutz (8), Jeff Tzros (9) and Brian Lentz; 2B Nate Gold (T), Brandon Roberts (T); WP Leveque (1-0); LP ---Eilers (0-1); Att. --- 1,074
Game 1: Concord 3, Twisters 1
TORRINGTON, June 3, 2001 -- Concord pitcher John Velosky allowed only three hits and struck out nine as the Concord Quarry Dogs won the first game in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the Twisters at Fuessenich Park in front of 1,642 fans on opening night for both teams in the NECBL. Former Twister hurler Matt Elfeldt allowed two hits in the ninth inning but got Brian Lentz to fly out to right field to earn the save for the Quarry Dogs.
Torrington took a 1-0 lead on a home run by Nate Gold in the fourth inning. The Dogs tied the game in the seventh when Ken Kungoinis singled, moved to second on an error and took third when teammate Junior Media was hit by a pitch. Kungonis tied the game on a wild pitch by Twister starter Rory Shortell.
Concord took a 3-1 lead in the eighth thanks to two errors and a Jordan Cantalamessa two-RBI double. Shortell went the distance for Torrington, allowing only three hits and striking out four. All three Concord runs were unearned.
Concord 3, Torrington 1
Concord (1-0) 000 000 120 -- 3-3-1
Torrington (0-1) 000 100 000 -- 1-5-4
John Velosky, Matt Elfedt (9) and Gavin Cluff, Matt Tutman (7); Rory Shortell and Brian Lentz; WP Velosky (1-0), LP Shortell (0-1); Save Elfeldt (1); HR Nate Gold (T); Att. 1,642