Heat, Football. Junior LL and WAPJ. Ramblins from the desk of Mr Gaff.
TORRINGTON: With the extreme heat and humidity we have been living through for the past three weeks or so, I’m not sure it’s fair to say we are entering the “Dog Days of Summer.”
My two dogs have declined the invitation to accept the honor this year, they are opting for remaining inside in the air conditioning, thank you very much.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s about to get going around the area, regardless of the heat index.
--Football: Yes folks, if it’s 90 degrees with a dew point that can’t seem to find it’s way out of the 70’s, it must be time to hit the gridiron, as local schools will begin to do as early as next Monday when the “GN” squad hits the practice field behind the Gilbert School.
Scott Salius and his crew start on Monday with conditioning, having opted for the early start by not participating in the spring period that is available for teams.
Four days later, Gaitan Rodriguez and the Torrington Raiders will make their way onto the Robert H Frost Complex to start their pre-season workouts.
For “GN”, it’s a year that might be seen by some to be a rebuilding year after the team lost 17 seniors, including four All-Pequot Division players and every stat player from a year ago.
Not to Salius and his staff though. While they may not run the table, they will find a way to win their share of football games.
Games that count start on Saturday, September 8 when they travel to take on Old Saybrook/Westbrook at noon.
In their season opener a year ago at home, OSW beat the home team by a 49-14 score on their way to an 8-2 final record that left them just outside the Class S playoffs.
For the Raiders, who play “GN” in the two team’s annual scrimmage on Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. at home, it’s a season that they hope lives up to the promise seen this summer in 7 on 7 drills that went well for them.
Torrington finished with a 2-8 mark in 2017/2018 and host Woodland (5-5 a year ago) on Friday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.
The Raiders lost a great deal to graduation a season ago also, including Dylan Myrie who rushed for over 1000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns and was a threat to break away every time he touched the ball.
--Junior Little League team: The Torrington 13-14-year-old team made it all the way to the final four in the Eastern Regionals which were held in Freehold, New Jersey over the last week.
It was a great run for a team that saw the Torrington community come together for them in a big way when they raised over $4500 dollars to help cover expenses for the 14 players that made the trip.
Their success, as they are mostly eighth graders with a few from the seventh, bodes well for the future of Torrington Raider baseball.
--WAPJ: Great job by the best radio station in the area for their coverage of the Junior Little League send off party last week.
Larry Wright, Art Benedict and their crew, set up a broadcast from the Torrington First Assembly Church and had coaches, players and supporters on the air.
It is what community radio is all about and nobody does it better than the folks at WAPJ.
Be it the Memorial Day Parade or a game at Fuessenich Park, these guys and gals support the Torrington community in everything they do.