Cam Cerruto hits numbers nine and ten in Raiders 7-6 win over WCA.
TORRINGTON: If you didn’t get a chance to see Torrington catcher Cameron Cerruto over the last four years, I feel your pain.
The senior, who is West Point bound this summer, has had a magnificent year both offensively and defensively for head coach Pat Richardson.
His prowess on both fronts were on grand display on Wednesday in his last regular season game at a place he has called home, Fuessenich Park for a good long time.
Defense was up first against WCA in a game the Raiders hung on to win by a 7-6 final when Cerruto dove full extension for a foul pop a third of the way up the first base line, made the catch and still had the presence of mind to double off a wandering runner at first.
Pure hustle, the stuff that the boys at West Point will love and understand that’s the kind of player they are getting.
At the plate, the Raiders had squandered a first inning rally that saw them leave the bases loaded after scoring the game’s first run.
In that frame, the Spartans decided not to pitch to Cerruto and walked him intentionally but had to his next time up in the fifth inning with two men on base.
WCA head coach Joe Russo held a huddle on the mound with his entire infield to talk about how they should attack the locked in backstop who had broken the Raiders all-time home run mark of seven earlier this month.
I’m sure what happened next was not what Russo ordered as Cerruto sat on a fastball and didn’t miss, sending the ball sailing rapidly over the left center field fence for his ninth home run and a 4-3 home team lead.
“Sometimes the first pitch is the only good one I’m going to see,” Cerruto said. “I look to be aggressive in every at bat and I got one I liked.”
This season has been a marvel for those who made their way down to the old ball park to see this young man punish baseballs throughout the year.
He did so again in his next at bat in the top of the sixth and while I’m not sure, I think this moon shot may have ended up over the river, through the woods before knocking on grandma’s door.
It was majestic. Let me know if you can find it. Number 10, double digits.
Going back to his defense, there was a time you might see a runner attempt a stolen base on the opposing team but no so much this year with the cannon that is available to the Raiders behind the plate.
It’s not often that you get to see Division I talent in back to back years.
Dom Sabia (’17) who attended Quinnipiac this year and Cerruto have made the Torrington middle of the lineup something to be feared game in and game out.
On Wednesday, CJ Root also went deep for the Raiders who needed every run after the Spartans scored three in the top of the seventh before Kyle Banche closed the door for Torrington’s ninth win of the year (9-11).
The Raiders will scrimmage Berkshire League champ Shepaug on Friday afternoon and will then wait to see who they will get in the upcoming State Tournament.
Get down to the ball park on Friday if you can, sure it’s not a game that counts in the standings, but you’ll get another opportunity to see one special young man behind the plate and next to it.