Raiders score 11 over first two innings, beat Wilby, 11-5.
Torrington's Jason Vinisko launches a double during his teams 11-5 win over Wilby. Vinisko would drive in four runs in the Raiders seven run second inning, including a two-run HR.
TORRINGTON: It pays to have a short memory when it comes to sports, any sport.
Two days after suffering their worst loss since an opening day beat down a year ago by the same team, the Torrington baseball team got back on the winning side of the ledger with an 11-5 win over Wilby.
On Wednesday, the Raiders traveled to St Paul and limped home on the wrong side of a 16-1 loss to the Falcons, the same squad that spoiled the THS home opener last year by beating the 28-14.
Still hard to write that score for a baseball game.
On Friday though the Raiders bats woke up early and often against Wilby (3-12) with all 11 runs over the first two innings.
The Raiders saluted the 1975 Torrington team that won the State Championship before the game and held Little League night as well, landing a pretty good size crowd at Fuessenich Park and the wasted little time giving them something to cheer about.
When things go right for THS, it starts at the top of the lineup and Friday was no exception as Nathan Manchester and Jason Vinisko set the table early as the Raiders pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first.
RBI’s came from Ben Bonvicini, Manny Rijo (2) and Kobe Covington as the home team batted around.
That was just the tip of the iceberg compared to the second inning, a frame that saw a dozen Raiders come to the plate, seven of them scored.
Vinisko had himself some kind of inning. In his first at bat, with Manchester on off an error, Vinisko reached out and pulled a low outside pitch over the left field wall, just to the right of the 310 foot sign.
After the Raiders plated three more to build a 9-1 lead, Vinisko lined a bases loaded single to account for Torrington’s last two run.
All this offensive support fell into the lucky lap of sophomore Tyler Troth, who made sure that they did not go to waste. Troth pitched a complete game and did it was just 73 pitches thrown.
Wilby, to their credit, did not lay down after being down big early and scored three runs in the sixth inning and a single run in the seventh.
“He (Tyler) was very efficient,” manager Pat Richardson said, “He’s just a sophomore but showed some maturity. He did what he had to do.”
The Raiders are in the thick of the Naugatuck Valley League race with their 11-3 record. Torrington got help from Wolcott, who beat the Falcons by a 12-5 final on Friday night.
Watertown remains on top with a 13-2 mark with Torrington and Oxford tied for best overall record in the NVL at 11-3.
Wolcott and St Paul are now 11-4 as the regular season races to a conclusion later this month.
Maintaining a short memory helped the Raiders on Friday night, remembering what happened in those first two innings is something they will need to keep front and center in their thoughts.
Torrington is home again on Monday when they host Woodland at 3:45 followed by a road game at Sacred Heart on Wednesday and a key game against Wolcott on Friday night at the friendly confines of Fuessenich Park.