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Torrington softball leads area teams set for playoff action. Story by John Nestor

POSTED May 29, 2012
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



Torrington sophomore pitching sensation Sydney Matzko, leads the No. 4 ranked Raiders into the CIAC State Tournament on Wednesday at THS. The Raiders earned a first round bye with their stellar 18-2 regular season and face the winner of Bristol Central or Platt Tech.

Confidence, a dominant pitcher and ever-improving offense has the Torrington High School softball team looking like one of the teams to beat in the State Class L tournament.

The Red Raiders (20-3) enter the postseason on a roll despite the fact that they are also coming off a tough loss.

Led by sophmore standout pitcher Sydney Matzko, the Red Raiders had won 13 straight before a hardfought 1-0 loss to undefeated Seymour in the final of the Naugatuck Valley League tournament. Torrington allowed just two runs with eight shutouts in its last nine regular season games.

The Red Raiders have a bye and will take the field at home Wednesday in a second round matchup against the winner of the game between No. 13 Bristol Central and No. 20 Platt. A win in the second round and a quarterfinal home game awaits possibly against fifth-seeded Brookfield (17-2) of the SWC.

Foran (19-1) is the top seed in Class L as well as the defending state champion.

Here is a look at some of the other brackets for upcoming state tournament action.

SOFTBALL

Class S

Terryville takes on Wamogo in the first round meaning the Berkshire League will have one team move on while guaranteed to lose a team in the field as well. The Kangaroos (13-7) host as the 12th seed and come in having won three straight and four of their last five.

Wamogo (11-9) is seeded 21st and is hoping the third time is the charm after losing to Terryville in both of the regular-season meetings between the teams. The Warriors have been streaky this season and were 1-4 before turning their season around with a five-game win streak. After losign four of five, Wamogo ended the season with four wins in its final five games.

Class M

Northwestern, Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug are all in the Class M field which is headlined by Seymour (23-0), which ran the table in the regular season and then backed it up in the NVL tournament with a tough 1-0 victory over Torrington in the title game.

The Highlanders have a bye as the seventh seed at 17-3 and will then host the winner of the game between No. 10 Ellington (17-3) and No. 23 Holy Cross (11-9). The BL regular season champs, Northwestern had an 11 game winning streak snapped by Haddam-Killingworth, 6-5, in its season finale. At 16-4, Haddam-Killingworth is the No. 13 seed in Class M


Baseball

CLASS S

Housatonic Regional is the highest local seed in Class S at No. 6 with a record of 14-6. The Mountaineers host No. 27 Trinity Catholic (8-12) on Tuesday and would host No. 11 Westbrook (14-6) or No. 22 Putnam on Wednesday with a win over Trinity.

Gilbert (14-6) enters the postseason as the eighth seed in Class S and hosts No. 25 Immaculate of Danbury. The Yellowjackets won their final two games of the season by identical 7-0 scores and won seven of their last nine games. A win and Gilbert would host either No. 9 Old Lyme (14-6) or No. 24 East Catholic (8-12).

Terryville (12-8) hosts Coginchaug (10-10) Tuesday in a 14-19 matchup with the winner moving on the a matchup with No. 3 Stafford, which received a bye.

Thomaston (9-10) is seeded 20th and travels to Bristol to take on No. 13 St. Paul Catholic of the NVL. The winner gets the defending Class S state champs in No. 4 East Hampton (16-4).

Wamogo is one of six 8-12 teams in the tournament and the Warriors are seeded 28th and hit the road to open up against No. 5 Cromwell (15-5).

Northwest Catholic (18-2) of West Hartford is the No. 1 seed in Class S. The Indians won the state title in 2010.

CLASS M

Top-seeded Montville (18-2) is the team to beat and has won the last two Class M crowns.

Northwestern and Lewis Mills are in Montville's half of the bracket and could meet in a showdown between the Berkshire League teams in the quarterfinals with a possible semifinal matchup with the two-time champs in the semis.

The Highlanders (16-4) are and seeded fifth in the tournament. They open with a game against No. 28 Bacon Academy on Tuesday and would host eigher No. 12 Ansonia (13-7) or No. 21 Plainfield with a win in the first round.

The Berkshire League champions, Northwestern enters the tournament with a good mix of hitting and pithing and should be a tough out over the next two weeks. Coach Tom Germano's club is getting solid pitching from juniors Jimi Phillips and Zack August and from top to bottom was the best hitting lineup in the BL.

Lewis Mills (13-7) is the 13th seed and whether or not that number is lucky or unlucky will depend on which Mills team shows up starting Tuesday when they meet No. 20 Ellis Tech (8-7) in the first round.

The Spartans started the season 7-1 and looked to be the class of the BL with the combination of great pitching depth, strong defense and timely offense. Over the last few weeks all three of those strong points went south and it cost the Spartans the league title. A return to their early-season form and the Spartans could be a factor, if not they could be headed for an early exit.

CLASS L

Torrington (11-9) is seeded 19th has an NVL rematch with No. 14 Watertown. The Red Raiders lost the only regular season meeting between the teams, 6-5, on April 23rd but they do come into the tournament hot having won five straight to end the regular season before a loss in the NVL tournament. A win over Watertown and Torrington would either travel to face No. 3 Fitch (17-3) or host No. 30 New Fairfield.

LACROSSE

Division S

A local team is guaranteed a victory as No. 16 Lewis Mills and No. 17 housatonic meet in a qualifying round game Tuesday in Burlington. The winner gets top-seeded Haddam-Killingworth (13-3) in the first round.

The Spartans (10-8) beat the Mountaineers three times this season, most recently a 15-7 victory Saturday morning at Watertown High School to win the first-ever girls Western Connecticut Lacrosse Conference (WCLC) title.

VOLLEYBALL

Lewis Mills and Wolcott Tech both qualified for the Class M tournament and are seeded 12th and 13th respectively.

Mills (9-9) is at fifth seeded Darien (14-4) while Wolcott Tech (8-10) hits the road to take on No. 4 Farmington (15-3).

Newington (16-2) is the top seed.

The Spartans are no stranger to post season success over the course of the program's history. Lewis Mills lost four straight Class M finals starting in 2002 before breaking through with back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. The Spartans also won the Class M state title in 2010.

GOLF

Qualifiers will be announced on May 31.

Fairview Farms in Harwinton will host the Division IV Boys Golf championship on June 5.

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