NVL Title Game...Torrington/Seymour II.
TORRINGTON: So you got the game you wanted.
Since early in the season when the Torrington girls softball team beat rival and standard bearer Seymour, 3-0, the two teams figured they would see each other again on a bigger stage.
Well, the curtain is about to go up on Raiders/Wildcats II, the sequel.
Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Wolcott High School, they meet again to determine if the first matchup was a fluke or if the undefeated (20-0) Raiders and the spectacular Sydney Matxko can take that next step and win their first ever Naugatuck Valley League Tournament Championship.
You see, going 20-0 during the regular season (22-0 now) was nice but the NVL title goes to the last team standing after the finals of the tournament.
Matzko and company disposed of Holy Cross by a 5-1 score while the Wildcats pounced on Woodland by an 11-2 score in the semi’s, which kind of seemed like a formality.
Everyone expected the two giants to meet again and here they are.
A year ago in Matzko’s sophomore year, the Wildcats came away with a 1-0 victory in the final.
That day, the experience of Seymour proved invaluable against a Raider team that was in the spotlight for the first time.
A single, an error and a single by the Wildcats was all it took to score the only run they needed with ace Kelly Ferris on the mound.
Matzko was just as tough but the younger team could not take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves.
Seymour is very used to being just where they are.
Head coach Ken Pereiras and his Wildcats are gunning for their third straight title and seventh in the last nine years with a hint of payback in the air.
Seymour was 23-0 last year. Torrington is now 22-0.
The Wildcats have lost twice this year but have been on a roll, winning 18 in a row.
It’s a big game for both but more of a potential signature moment for the Raiders.
Matzko is one of the most dominant pitchers in the entire state. The Raiders have improved greatly at the plate this year, a key factor that was missing last year.
They are still young, losing just one starter to graduation in Baylee Vinisko and should be a force again next year but to be elite, you have to beat elite.
That is the opportunity that presents itself to the Raiders.
The Torrington girls basketball team got over the hump this winter by winning the NVL Tournament after two many second place finishes.
Can the Raiders make athletic director Mike McKenna’s day with a second NVL trophy in the same year?
Stay tuned, should be a great one.