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Raiders pull off impressive win over St Paul, 3-2 in 13.

TORRINGTON: It had been a minute since the Torrington baseball team had beaten perennial Naugatuck Valley League powerhouse St Paul.

“I think the last time we beat them was in 2015,” Raiders head coach Pat Richardson said. “They have been a state power for quite some time.”

When the Raiders. in the middle of five games in seven days stretch went down 2-0 after a half inning on Wednesday against the Falcons, Richardson had a sinking feeling.

“I thought, oh boy, here we go.”

Sometimes though, certain teams have short memories from the past and that can be a good thing. That along with strong beliefs in each other as teammates.

Torrington would take the early Falcons punch and counter nicely themselves in the bottom of the first behind RBI singles from Will Parkhouse and Jack McCoy before something amazing happened.

The high-powered offense of St Paul, one that had scored 10 runs twice already this year, would not score again.

For 12-innings. Yes, I said for 12-innings.

The Raiders would come away with their biggest win of the season when John Pergola hit a walk-off single through a drawn in infield in the bottom of the 13th inning for a 3-2 win.

Pergola’s single scored Aidan Collucci who reached on a bunt single, stole second and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt by the Falcons.

With spring not being kind for any outdoor sports so far this year, the backlog is well underway, leading to a challenging (to put it mildly) situation for pitchers.

Coming into the Wednesday game, Richardson was just hoping not to exhaust all the innings he had before their next game on Friday when they host Ansonia at 3:45.

Torrington had gotten one of their standouts back against St Paul as Logan Tucciarone made his first start after recovering from an injury at the end of the basketball season.

The junior would go four innings, giving up just those first inning runs before handing the ball to Angel Santana Guzman who went two and two thirds scoreless before handing things over to Will Parkhouse.

Parkhouse was magnificent, throwing four and a third scoreless on just 40 pitches, 32 that were strikes.

Dom DiBicelle got the win after throwing two scoreless.

Richardson saw a lot of good things, and some things he hopes his team can clean up.

“We left 17 men on base and had two runners picked off at second,” Richardson said. “But every player in our outfield made at least one diving catch and our infielders came up with some gems as well. The pitchers were just amazing.”

Now 5-3, the Raiders look to avoid a letdown when they host the Chargers on Friday.

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