From Tuesday night. Torrington Macony gets by Litchfield by a 5-2 final. By Ethan Shea.
POSTED July 26, 2018
Torrington (8-4) took on Litchfield (3-9) in Macony action on a beautiful Tuesday night at Fuessenich Park for both teams’ final game of the regular season with the home coming out on the good side of a 5-2 win.
Torrington is currently sitting in second place in the Macony League behind undefeated Northwest CT (15-0).
Litchfield on the other hand is in fourth place trailing Amenia (7-8).
Torrington and Litchfield both knew going in that the game didn’t matter to either team in terms of the standings, but despite that, we still saw some pretty solid baseball.
Torrington started the scoring early with an RBI single from DH Marcus Bloom to score pitcher Matt Sokol.
Sokol would score again in the fifth, this time via a DJ Reynolds single up the middle.
Litchfield would answer in the bottom half with a run of their own courtesy of a wild pitch which allowed Garret Conaghan to score from third.
Litchfield would leave them loaded however thanks to a 6-4-3 double play from Torrington.
Torrington scored three times in the sixth though and allowed one more run in the seventh before putting in Charlie Pataky to record the final out and secure the win.
Torrington now sets their sights on Amenia for their first playoff game on July 25, 7:00 at Doc Bartlett Field.
Amenia and Torrington are coming fresh off a meeting on July 21 in Amenia where Torrington went down early 6-1 and came back to eventually win 9-7, which will likely serve as a large confidence booster for the Torrington squad.
Torrington Coach John Reynolds talked after the game about a few things the team still needs to work on for the playoffs, mainly their defense.
Torrington had five errors on the night against Litchfield, including their 18th error of the season at third base, a position they have struggled to find consistency at all summer.
Reynolds is stressing a one-game-at-a-time mindset to his players and making sure they know that a loss to Amenia means their season ends before they even have a chance to hand Northwest their first loss of the season.
“We’re have played better than Amenia,” Reynolds said, “We’ve beaten them three times, but it’s baseball.”
Torrington is 2-0 head-to-head with Amenia this season, but they have had an interesting couple of games.
Their first meeting was on July 7, where Torrington dominated with a 15-3 win, but the most recent game where Torrington rallied late was much closer.
Reynolds was certainly right about at least one thing though: it’s baseball, and anything could happen.