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A Great Varsity Alumni Group, a Sydney Matzko update and the Mets doctors.

POSTED July 10, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: Another fine group of student/athletes will be honored at the Torrington Varsity Alumni Club dinner in August and they will enter a club that continues to point of the positive kids that work their way through THS on a yearly basis.

This year’s winners are Tim Considine, Emmy Fedor, Taylor Howe, Shelby Howe, Lindsay Trobel, Ben Bonvicini, Jack Wassik, Matt Traub and Thomas Killackey.

Eight of the nine made the LCS All-Torrington High School Team and feature as diverse a group as you will find, representing the best individuals who participate in Raider athletics and certainly will be going on to bigger and better things in the next chapter of their lives.

Congrats to all and look forward to seeing you in August.

….Former Torrington and current University of North Carolina ace Sydney Matzko is not taking any time off this summer, continuing to work her craft as a member of the Stratford Brakettes, a CT Fast Pitch League playing their home games at DeLuca Field.

Matzko, who had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Tar Heels with a 14-5 record and a 2.39 ERA, is 5-2 for the Brakettes including a two-hit shutout on Thursday night in a 13-0 win over the Stratford Breakers.

The Brakettes play teams from as far away as Pennsylvania and travel to New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Matzko and her mates played a series against the Team Canada and while it didn’t go as well as they would have liked (a 0-5 mark), it was a good chance to see some of the best players north of the border in action.

In eight games (five starts), the former Raider ace is sporting a 2.18 ERA with 36 K’s in 32 innings.

Matzko and her summer team (will be in action until the second week of August when the Women’s Major Softball National Championship Tournament is held at DeLuca August 6-9.

Legendary softball coach, John Stratton, now in his 38th year coaching, leads the team who sport a 19-6 record to date.

….I hate to keep coming back to the New York Mets but they are like a corrupt and funny politician who continue to give late night comedians material, whether intended or not.

In today’s episode of what could possibly go wrong, word came down on Thursday that prized lefty Stephen Matz, who was stellar in his first two big league starts is going to miss a month or more due to partially torn lat muscle in his left side.

I know I am not alone in wondering if the Amazing’s medical staff can produce some sort of documentation that they actually went to medical school because they seem to continually muck up their player’s medical issues.

The list of players we are told will miss a game or two because of a cold that balloons into an amputation (never went that far but you get my point) that nobody saw coming.

It’s hard for reporters who cover the team to keep a straight face when the PR staff gives an update.

Face value doesn’t ever seem to be the case.

What gives?

Seems to be another symptom of why this organization struggles for credibility in so many areas for a team that plays in the biggest market in the league.

Nobody knew Matz was hurting?

I doubt we will see the kid again this year, much like I’m not sure we will ever see David Wright again or if Zach Wheeler will ever be the same.

The Mets. The organization that keeps on giving, the whole year round.

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