Spring baseball/softball season sprints on around the area. A look at what's cooking.
TORRINGTON: As the calendar gets ready to turn towards the fifth month of the year, here’s a look at what’s happening on the fields around the area in baseball and softball.
---We always say that spring is the shortest season in high school sports and when it is this kind of spring, featuring more lousy weather than good, it gets even shorter.
Take this week for the Torrington softball team, still reeling from the loss of ace pitcher Ali DuBois, who missed her first game on Thursday due to a lower back issue.
The Raiders took care of Derby by a 14-2 final behind seven strong innings from Julia Fritz, who has taken over in the circle for the ailing DuBois.
No time table has been mentioned for a possible DuBois return as Torrington heads into a blistering busy week with five games in six days, starting on Monday when Naugatuck Valley League leader Seymour comes to THS.
The Wildcats beat DuBois and the Raiders in the team’s first meeting on Friday, April 9 by a 2-1 score and have yet to lose with a perfect 8-0 mark.
Jenna Geffert, a sophomore, has taking the ball from her sister Raeanne and has not missed a beat along the way.
The younger Geffert has beaten the top three teams in the NVL on her way to that 8-0 mark with victories over Torrington, Holy Cross (1-0) and St Paul (5-3) as we approach the half way mark of the season.
After hosting the Wildcats, the Raiders travel to take on Wolcott (5-2) on Tuesday before hosting Watertown (6-1) on Wednesday, Sacred Heart (5-4) on Thursday and finally East Granby (7-0) on Saturday.
At 4-2, it’s important for the Raiders to avoid slipping too far away from the league leaders, even while facing the potential long tern loss of their ace.
---Pat Richardson and the Raiders baseball team are having a tough season so far but are hoping to build off their first win of the 2017 season, a 12-2 win over Wilby at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury on Wednesday.
The Raiders return to action today when they host Wolcott in a game that was scheduled to be played on Friday before the rains made the field at Fuessenich Park unplayable.
Next week, Torrington hosts Seymour (5-2) on Monday before traveling to take on Watertown (3-4) on Wednesday and Crosby (2-5) on Friday, looking to right their collective ship.
---In Berkshire League baseball action, the story of 2017 to date has been the Lewis Mills Spartans who lead the pack with their perfect 6-0 mark.
The Spartans are an offensive juggernaut this year, averaging over 13 runs scored per game.
Nonnewaug is in second place with a 5-3 mark, followed by Thomaston at 4-3 and Gilbert and Housatonic, who both sport 3-2 records to date.
---On the BL softball side of the ledger, Northwestern is riding high at 6-0 after their 10-9 win over Thomaston (5-2) on Tuesday in Winsted.
Wamogo sports a 4-1 record while Nonnewaug is sitting tied with the Golden Bears at 5-2.