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Torrington football seniors look to go out on high note. Mets score and score some more.

POSTED August 25, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: They started on a field that you could have cooked an egg on when pre-season camp began on Monday, August 17 and are about to take their skills into action in the first exhibition of the year on Wednesday to see where they stand.

The 2015 Torrington Raiders football team is one that hopes to go out as well as they came in four years ago as freshman when they made up a team that never felt the sting of losing.

That team, led by Connor Finn, Nate Bresson, Kobe Covington, Eric Mayerjak, Stephan Laforge, Keanu Mendiola, Nick Pinatti and Zak Mancini, ran the table that year, including a win over state power Ansonia, not something many are used to seeing.

Now, nobody is expecting that type of campaign from the now senior group of Raiders but as they get ready to leave high school at the end of this academic year, there is a sense that this team needs to improve on a 2014 season in which they started strong but faltered in the middle on their way to a 5-6 season.

Injuries played a big role in last season’s five-game, mid-season skid but may have had a bright side as well as it allowed a number of younger players the chance to gain valuable playing time.

Head coach Gaitan Rodriguez has high hopes for this year’s team, one that will see where they stand when they take on Sheehan on Wednesday in their first scrimmage at the high school.

Torrington will also be home on Saturday when they host the Gilbert/Northwestern Yellowjackets.

We will have a better idea of how god this season might roll after these two live action tests.

The Raiders start the regular season on Friday, September 11 when they host Crosby.

We will also have a detailed and in depth look at the starting lineups on both sides of the ball as we draw closer to opening day.

Coaches and player profiles you will only find here at your home for all things Torrington High School sports related.

….I hate to say it, because it will simply ruin things, but maybe this could be some kind of special year for the New York Mets?

There, I said it and now comes the 10-game losing streak.

Although something seems different this year. On Sunday the team gets a magnificent spot start from Logan Verrett in, of all places, Colorado. All Verrett does after getting the start so that Matt Harvey can save some innings for down the stretch is throw eight innings of one run ball while the offense slumps down to just five runs after blasting 28 the previous two games in the light air.

On Monday night, you thought for sure a loss was coming after Jacob deGrom was bombed to the tune of seven runs in less than three innings but the offense explodes for 14 (yes 14) unanswered runs after being down 7-2 in the third.

Eight home runs? At times this year you wondered if this team would hit eight in batting practice but since the trade deadline, they have nearly doubled their run production.

Go figure. Not saying I have pure faith by any means but at least we are still talking Mets baseball as we approach September.

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