Gut check time for Torrington baseball after 10-2 loss to Woodland.
TORRINGTON: It’s come kind of easy for the Torrington baseball team at times this season.
When their offense is flowing, they are a force to be reckoned with. When it’s not, well that’s something that needs to be addressed and soon, as they come down the stretch in the 2015 season.
On Monday afternoon, the Raiders could not find a way to get much of anything going and as a result, dropped a 10-2 decision to Woodland, a team they blanked 15-0 less than three weeks ago in Beacon Falls.
“They have to realize that they can’t just turn it on when they want to,” Richardson said, “When we are scoring a lot of runs, things come easy and when we get in a game like this were the hits are not coming, we need to find a way to make adjustments.”
Torrington has scored in double digits six times this year and in five others, they have scored at least seven.
In their losses though, the Raiders have scored a total of five runs in the four defeats while giving up 36.
Did the home team come into this one with a pre-determined notion that they would walk over the Hawks because they had beaten them badly in the team’s first get together?
Only the Raiders themselves know that but after being gifted a pair of runs thanks to a pair of Hawks errors in the bottom of the second, Torrington could not do too much more against Woodland senior Matthew Spofford.
Spofford went the distance allowing just six hits while keeping the Raiders off balance or taking advantage of their lack of patience the rest of the way.
Fly balls were the order of the day for Torrington, 13 of their 21 outs came by air but if they were looking for the long ball, they were just getting under the ball far too often.
The visitors on the other hand, batted around twice, once in the fourth when they plated five runs to go ahead for good, six more in a nine-batter sixth inning that put this one out of reach.
Most teams go through a character test at some point in their seasons. The Torrington moment is at hand.
There are four regular season games left. Torrington is 4-4 in their last eight.
Pitching is going to get better. Opponents are going to get better.
The remaining four teams on the schedule combine for a 38-22 mark.
Only Sacred Heart (7-8) is under .500.
Wolcott (11-5), Naugatuck (7-7) and Watertown (13-2) will all present challenges for the Raiders that they will have to come ready to play if they want to finish strong leading into the NVL Tournament and the State Tournament after that.
It’s gut check time for the Raiders. How will they respond?
“The big lesson,” Richardson finished, “Is that you can’t just turn it on and expect it to be there. Baseball is a game of concentration and we need to do a better job.”