Missed Opportunities Lead to P38 Loss Against Plainville. By Ethan Shea.
POSTED June 19, 2018
The Torrington P38s kept themselves in their Sunday day game at Fuessenich Park, but missed opportunities led to a losing score of 9-6.
Torrington still managed to muster their fair share of offense though.
Center fielder Aaron Bainer went two for five including a triple in the sixth and a double in the seventh, and number nine hitter and second baseman Ben Richardson was two for three with a walk.
First baseman Mike Paniati also had a few hard-hit balls, including a shot down the left field line that nearly left the park but ended up curving foul.
Despite that, Plainville was able to pull ahead of Torrington early and they kept that momentum going, led by center fielder and leadoff hitter Brady Callahan, who had himself a day against P38 pitching.
Callahan went three for four with a walk and three singles. He also scored three times and stole four bases.
Plainville started strong, scoring three times in the top of the first off of Torrington starter Nick Balducci.
Balducci would cruise through the second inning smoothly but allowed another two runs in the third.
“I had trouble today commanding my fastball,” said Balducci.
Torrington couldn't get anything going in the first offensively to match Plainville.
The P38s managed to load the bases with two outs in the second inning but were unable to capitalize.
Torrington rallied in the third with two outs and scored one run before stranding runners on first and second.
Plainville scored once in the third and once in the fourth, and Torrington scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, but once again left the bases loaded, bringing them to within two at 5-3.
The visitors would score four more times in the sixth off reliever Sean Coffey, who replaced Balducci in the third.
Torrington would score again in the sixth, but strand a runner at third, and would rally in the bottom seventh with two outs to score two more runs before leaving the bases loaded again.
Torrington left twelve men on base in this game, including three innings ending with the bases loaded.
This game could have gone differently had the P38s come up with a few timely hits, but it is early in the season and there will be plenty more opportunities for clutch offense.
Torrington looks to get their second win of the season on Tuesday at 7:00 against Wolcott at Fuessenich Park.