Raider softball and baseball Class L match ups.
TORRINGTON: It’s time to make it count.
The Torrington girls’ softball team found out their path to what they hope will be a championship run in the Class L States, which begin for them on Tuesday, June 3 when they face the winner of #15 Joel Barlow (12-8) and #18 Foran (11-9).
Torrington is ranked second in Class L behind Fitch, who claimed the top spot with a perfect 20-0 mark, one better than the Raiders 19-0 mark.
There are a bunch of good teams in the Raiders way as they look navigate deep into the States, a year after getting bounced in the opening round after finishing number one in the polls.
On their side of the bracket alone stand #3 Masuk (18-2), #6 Sheehan (17-3) and #7 Rockville (16-4).
They could meet either Masuk or Sheehan in the semi-finals, they could run into Rockville in the quarterfinals.
Two of three of the Sheehan losses came at the hands of Amity (twice) and Cheshire, both LL teams.
Masuk lost to LL power Darien and L power Laurelton Hall.
Foran plays in a tough SCC while Joel Barlow hails from an equally rugged SWC.
Beware the first round game. This is a very important game for the Raiders to win. Getting over the hump starts early for a team that has dominated the NVL regular season but will define itself by their State Tournament play.
Baseball: The 15-5 and #6 ranked Torrington boys will be in action on Monday afternoon at Fuessenich Park when they battle #27 Bethel (9-11) in opening round Class L action.
After a slow 0-3 start, the Raiders caught fire and won 15 of their last 17 down the stretch and took a tough Holy Cross team down to the last inning in the NVL Tournament this week.
If Torrington moves on, they stay right at home at Fuessenich Park, playing either #11 Maloney (13-6) or #22 Rockville (10-10).
A year after finishing 9-11, this has been a turnaround year for manager Pat Richardson and company who can throw four quality arms in the States, a huge advantage at this time of the year.
The Raiders bats have been explosive at times this season and playing well and earning the right to play at home makes this season a successful one under any measurement.