Recapping the first two days of the baseball/softball season
Opening week of high school baseball and softball season, shockingly, has brought us a full slate of games with minimal postponements.
Let’s go through the highlights.
The game of week heading into Friday came in the Berkshire League where the Nonnewaug baseball team scored five runs in the seventh inning to shock Gilbert, 7-6, Wednesday at Walker Field, always a tough venue for visiting teams.
The Chiefs scored the winning run on an error, capping a wild final frame which included three walks by Gilbert pitching. Brian Dickinson was spectacular in relief for Nonnewaug, giving up only one hit and one walk to go along with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Over in Litchfield, Quinn McKenna gave up only four hits as the Cowboys prevailed over Northwestern, 4-1. Will Austin clubbed a double and finished two RBI in the win.
That guy again, Bobby Lippincott, had two hits in a losing effort for the Highlanders.
Torrington picked up a nice win in its opener, winning at Naugatuck, 4-2. Joe Mateo struck out six in a complete game effort for the Raiders, while adding a RBI double at the plate. Eric Rinaldi also drove in a run with a single.
On Thursday, the Raiders picked up their second win in as many days, crushing Kennedy, 17-1, at Fuessenich Park. Nate Katz earned the win, allowing only one hit. Austin Patenaude smashed a three-run home run and drove in five runs.
On the softball circuit, God bless the mercy rule in the Berkshire League.
On Wednesday alone, three games were called early due to blowouts. Northwestern blew out Litchfield, 23-0, while Lewis Mills beat Housatonic, 23-8, and Wamogo rolled over Wolcott Tech, 18-3. To say this is a top-heavy league is the understatement of the year.
The closest game on opening day came at Nonnewaug, where the Chiefs defeated Gilbert, 12-5. Annie Distasi and Rachel Albino registered three hits each in the win.
Thanks to a three-run triple and five RBI from Sydney Matzko, the Torrington softball team won its opener, 7-3, Thursday at Kennedy.
Molly Bartles tripled, while Matzko combined with her sister, Chelsea, to shut down the Eagles on the mound.