Raiders rough up Falcons
Raiders rough up Falcons
TORRINGTON – You are forgiven if things seemed a bit out of whack at Fuessenich Park Friday afternoon.
First of all, the weather was more than just tolerable as Mother Nature decided to cooperate for one of the few times this spring. Then there was the Torrington High baseball team not involved and I repeat, not involved in a close game.
I know, be still your heart.
After three straight one-run games not to mention three two-run games the Raiders have also played this season, Torrington decided to change things up a little, or more accurately, a lot, and unloaded on St. Paul’s, 18-3.
“We just felt it,” Torrington left fielder Eric Rinaldi said. “We were frustrated against Wilby earlier in the week (a win) and this pitcher was not throwing too fast. We came off a big win and hit well.”
Understatement. In running their perfect record to 11-0, the Raiders unleashed a 17-hit attack while scoring in every inning. Welinton Sosa and Nate Katz found the Naugatuck River out past the left field fence for home runs. There were four triples. There were balls flying all over Fuessenich Park.
Sosa added a triple and double to his day and finished with three RBI. Rinaldi drove in four runs with a single and triple while Dom Carazza drove in four runs with a bases clearing triple and RBI single. Katz was the third Raider to knock in four runs with a two-run homer and pair of sacrifice flies.
“The bats exploded but hitting hasn’t been an issue all year,” Torrington coach Gerry Carbone said. “We’ve been hitting 1 through 9 all year. Austin Patenaude is our No. 9 hitter and hitting about .400.
On a day when the pitching had plenty of room for error, it didn’t need the room. Ace Pat Austin started and went three innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four. Then Dustyn Marfyak came on and was nothing short of outstanding.
Going the final four innings, Marfyak gave up two meaningless hits although one was a seventh-inning RBI triple off of the bat of Tim Jalbert. There were four strikeouts mixed in, his speed a nice follow-up to Austin’s off-speed collection.
“Dustyn has a 1.60 ERA and that is the first run he has given up in 17 innings this season,” Carbone noted.
Torrington took control of the game in the third inning with a five-run outburst. Holding on to a 3-2 lead, the Raiders got a leadoff double from Sosa. Katz followed with a no-doubt-about-it bomb to the river fishing grounds to make it 5-2.
After Joe Mateo reached on an error, Garrett Perusse ripped a triple to deep right field to make it 6-2. Carazza and Rinaldi would follow with RBI singles to make it a six-run lead before the Falcons got out of the inning.
Short on pitching, St. Paul could not quell the Torrington bats and the Raiders tacked on a seven-spot in the sixth inning highlighted by Sosa’s three-run home run and Carazza’s three-run triple.
“We’re down one starting pitcher (Joe Randall) and in high school baseball it’s tough when you have a three-game week with Wily, Derby and today Torrington,” St. Paul coach Pat Holden. “We went staff Monday and Wednesday and threw the rest of the staff hoping to miss barrels and we didn’t.”
Carbone while enjoying a rare breather was hardly feeling relaxed despite his team’s lofty dance with perfection to date.
“It’s not like we’re enjoying a big lead,” Carbone said. “We know Monday that we go at it with Naugatuck and they’re 7-3. It will be a war.”
The Falcons (5-6) were led by Chris Borea who homered and singled and Jalbert with a pair of hits.
Torrington 18, St. Paul 3
St. Paul 101 000 1--3 7 4
Torrington 215 127 x—18 17 1
Pat Raymond, Tuck Dachard (6), Matt Winter (6); Pat Austin, Dustyn Marfyak (4) and Garrett Perusse. HR – Welinton Sosa (T), Nate Katz (T), Chris Borea (SP); 3B –Rinaldi (T), Perusse (T), Sosa (T) Carazza; Jalbert (SP); SO – Austin (T) 4, Marfyak (T) 4; Raymond (SP) 1, Winter (SP 1)