Raiders move on in Class L baseball action with 8-4 win over Ellis Tech. Wethersfield on deck on Wednesday on the road.
KILLINGLY: Call them the road warriors.
The Torrington baseball team spent more time on the bus then they did in school on Tuesday, but the long rides were worth it as they beat the No 6 seed, Ellis Tech by an 8-4 final.
Their reward will be another bus trip, this time a much more reasonable distance to Wethersfield, where they will take on the No 11 seed at 3:30.
The Raiders, ranked No 27, rode a familiar script to the win, relying on some timely hitting and a combined effort on the mound.
At the plate, Cam Cerruto added to his own school mark by clubbing a two-run home run in the second inning, giving him 11 on the year with at least one more game left in his remarkable senior year.
Ben Richardson (2.1 innings) and Kyle Banche (4.2 innings) combined for the win, surviving a 11-hit attack by the home team.
With the Raiders up 4-3 in the top of the seventh, the offense supplied Banche with four more runs to work with, helped out by an RBI double by Cerruto, and RBI’s from Adam Paniati and Jake Nilson.
Ryan Ahlman added a pair of RBI’s in the game while Richardson chipped in with another.
Cerruto would finish the day 3-3 with three driven in.
On Wednesday, Brian Bassler will look to keep an Eagles team that won 13 regular season games off balance as the Raiders look to keep this 2018 campaign alive.