Vanotti pitches well in 4-1 loss to Oxford on Thursday.
TORRINGTON: More times than not, it’s the little things that matter and the team that makes more of them more times than not, come out on top.
Such was the case on Thursday when the Torrington baseball team finally took the field at Fuessenich Park for only their third game of the season and first home game.
While starter Adam Vanotti threw a complete game, four hitter the Raiders fell to an opportunistic Oxford team by a 4-1 final.
The visitors took advantage of a pair of fielding errors by Torrington that led to a pair of unearned runs, one in the second and a second in the seventh.
Oxford starter Liam Donaldson also went the distance, allowing the one run on seven hits while striking out eight.
Torrington had chances on a cloudy afternoon that saw them hit three doubles, one each by Casey Navin, Aaron Bainer and Charles Pataky but only plate one of them.
“We just didn’t come through with the timely hit today,” Raider manager Pat Richardson said.
Navin laced a long double into the left centerfield gap leading off the home fourth and came around to score on Kyle Banche single two outs later.
With one out in the fifth, Bainer lined his double down the leftfield line and was joined on the base paths by Ben Richardson who reached on an error.
Donaldson though, got out of trouble by inducing a comebacker off the back of Navin for a 1-6-3 double play.
Oxford struck first, scoring on one of three batter that Vanotti hit on the day and added two more in their half of the third on just one base hit.
The Wolverines ran themselves out of a big inning though, getting two runners erased on the base paths, one after a bunt attempt and one when a runner attempted to take second on a ball hit to center.
James Gaskins, who has taken over behind the plate for the Raiders after the graduation of Cam Cerruto, who is now playing at West Point, continued his strong play with a single, a sacrifice and a caught stealing.
Senior Charles Pataky added a double in the bottom of the seventh.
It’s right back to Fuessenich for the Raiders later today as they host Wolcott at 3:45 with Kyle Banche on the mound.
Oxford 4, Torrington 1
At Fuessenich Park
Oxford 012 000 1 4 4 0
Torrington 000 100 0 1 7 2
Liam Donaldson (W) and Rich Evans; Adam Vanotti (L) and James Gaskins
2B: (T) Casey Navin, Aaron Bainer, Adam Pataky
Records: Oxford 4-1, Torrington 1-2