TORRINGTON, July 26 – Left-handed pitcher Chris Enns didn’t get a lot of work on the baseball mound this spring. Actually, he didn’t play at all.
So, he Is making up for it this summer. Enns, the 2014 Canton High graduate, spent the early part of the summer with the Tobacco Valley Renegades in the Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League.
Once the season was over for the Renegades, Enns moved to Torrington to play with the Titans in the Futures’ Collegiate Baseball League. Enns has made two starts with the Titans. He was sharp in his FCBL debut at Martha’s Vineyard, pitching six innings, giving up just one unearned run, five hits and striking out two to earn the 2-1 victory.
He didn’t fare as well Tuesday at Fuessenich Park against the Worcester Dirt Dawgs, taking the loss in 6-4 defeat. He gave up three runs and seven hits, including a pair of triples. Enns did strike out six batters.
Enns has spent the past two summers pitching with the Simsbury American Legion baseball team, helping Post 84 win a pair of Zone 1 championships. He was 5-0 with Simsbury a year ago. Enns, an All-State pitcher at Canton High as a junior in 2013, had hoped to walk on at UMass and play with the Minutemen as a sophomore.
The 6-foot-4 lefthander earned a spot on the fall baseball roster with UMass and spent the fall playing with the Minutemen. But he was a last-minute cut at the end of the fall campaign, sidelining him for the spring.
So, Enns transferred to Quinnipiac University where he plans to play next spring.
He made five starts for Tobacco Valley this summer. Enns was inconsistent with the Renegades – not too surprising since he hadn’t played in over six months. He allowed four hits in his CCBL debut against Manchester in early June but have up nine hits in his next outing against Southington. Enns allowed two hits and struck out six in a loss to Manchester in late June.
He was roughed up for eight hits in another loss to Southington before finishing out the CCBL season with a fine effort against West Hartford, allowing three hits in five innings of work. In 19.1 innings of work with Tobacco Valley, he allowed 26 hits, struck out 19 and walked 15. The Renegades struggled with a 3-13-1 record.
“It was a good opportunity to get in a lot of innings because I didn’t pitch (in the spring),” Enns said. “I’ve been able to get in a lot of work.”
Enns caught the eye of Titans general manager Chris Myslow playing in the CCBL. Myslow lives in Simsbury and his son was playing a game at Memorial Field. Enns and the Renegades took the field in the following game. Myslow is also friends with Tobacco Valley head coach Greg Brisco, who said that Enns could be helpful to the Titans.
“We needed an arm and it’s difficult at this time of season to out nationally and recruit,” Myslow said. “It was a natural for us. Greg offered him to us. We didn’t go steal him away from them. (Greg) said that he thought (Chris) would do well in our league. And he has done very well for us.
Enns’ debut at Martha’s Vineyard was impressive. He learned more in Tuesday’s loss to Worcester.
“This is a little better competition (than the CCBL),” Enns said. “Not everyone plays (college) baseball in the CCBL. I think everyone does here. The guys are better. I can’t make mistakes as much. I can’t throw the ball down the middle of the plate or hang a curve ball over the plate. They’ll crush it.”
Added Myslow, “Everyone likes a lefthander. (Enns) throws the ball hard and keeps the ball low. He has composure on the mound. It’s nice stepping stone for him. He is going to Quinnipiac in the fall and he is getting to see the level of competition he will be facing.”
Enns has one more start left in his summer campaign. He’ll pitch on Tuesday night when Torrington faces Worcester on the road in central Massachusetts.