Road to states rough for THS baseball, within reach for THS softball.
TORRINGTON: The road to the State Tournament just got a little narrower for the Torrington baseball team after dropping a tough 4-3 decision to Berkshire League foe Terryville on Senior Night for six Raiders.
The math is simple. At 5-12, the Raiders need to sweep the next three games to qualify for the post season, starting today when they host WCA (8-11) at Fuessenich Park at 3:45.
If the results work out today, the Raiders would need to get road wins over Ansonia (7-12) on Monday and at Litchfield (2-15) next Wednesday.
On Thursday against the Kangaroos, the home team battled back from a two-run deficit thanks to a two-run double down the left field line off the bat of senior Garrett Fosbrook.
The clutch hit came just after Fosbrook had failed to get a bunt down with runners on first and second with none out, but the pitch got away and the runners moved up regardless.
He would make up for it on the next pitch and the two team were knotted at 2 after five.
Torrington would take the lead on a home run to left by another senior, Casey Navin leaving the home team just three outs from their sixth win over the season.
Raider starter Ben Richardson, another upper classman, had to be pulled after six innings due to a high pitch count with fellow senior Charlie Pataky taking over in the top of the seventh.
The visitors would draw four walks over the first five batters to tie thing at three before a sacrifice fly gave them the lead for good.
Torrington had one more chance to force extra innings in their half of the frame but Fosbrook, who led off the inning being hit by a pitch, was thrown out trying to score from second on a single to left by Kyle Banche to end the game.
Terryville punched their ticket to the post season with the win and now hold an 8-9 record as the season runs down.
It’s still possible for the Raiders to make the post season and the heavy lifting starts today.
CJ Root and James Gaskins and their above mentioned teammates were honored before the game as well.
--Torrington Softball: The Raiders need just one more win to see their way back to the State Tournament after winning their last two games over Derby (6-4) and WCA (21-8).
At 7-12, Torrington needs to beat Ansonia (2-15) on Monday afternoon at home to continue their campaign.
After posting a 4-16 record a year ago, the Raiders appear to be on the rise as younger players who took over for nine graduated seniors two years ago are gaining traction in the right direction.