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2011 Year in Review. April 19. Freshman Sydney Matzko tossed a no-hitter while striking out 10 in the Torrington softball teams 11-0 win over Crosby.

POSTED December 23, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

The Torrington softball team rode the strong arm of Sydney Matzko, who tossed a no-hitter while striking out 10 and the hitting of her sister, Chelsea (pictured getting an infield hit) to an easy 11-0 win over Crosby.

TORRINGTON: In her short career on the mound for the Torrington High School softball team, freshman Sydney Matzko is quickly getting herself noticed.

The hard throwing southpaw took the mound a day after matching up with one of the best pitchers in the State (Tori Cheske) and made fast work of Crosby with a no-hit, 10 strikeout effort as the Raiders beat the Bulldogs by an 11-0 score.

The game, played in some tremendous spring weather, was halted after five with the home team well on their way to the easy win and the players (and fans) on their way to frostbite.

Torrington used a seven-run third inning to determine the outcome, sending a total of 13 batters to the plate.

Second baseman Nicole Jamieson had a great day at the plate, going 3-4 with four runs batted in.

It was Jamieson who broke up a potential Cheske no-hitter on Monday and on Tuesday, her bat stayed hot.

But it all comes back to Matzko for Torrington this season; how she fairs will determine how the Raiders season goes and to date, the workhorse lefty has been up to the task.

Of her 10 strikeouts (69 for the year), eight came in a row after having put the first two runners of the game on base.

Bulldogs third basemen Iesha Matos walked leading off the game and went to second on a walk to catcher Kellie Burke.

Both teams had entered action with 2-4 records and if the visitors got off to a fast start, it could have been a different

Faced with a two on, none out situation, Matzko dug deep, as she would later in the game in the fourth.

Three batters later, the inning was over just as fast as it started.

“Sydney is all business on the mound,” head coach Maryann Musselman said, “She is the real deal who is just so focused out there.”

Matzko just plain throws gas, topping out in the low 60’s on the radar gun and the extra three feet given to the batters hasn’t seemed to slow her.

The ninth grader would strike out the side in the second in dominant fashion and ran the streak to eight by getting the first two Bulldogs in the third.

In the bottom of the third, the Raiders would strike with the help of six walks, three hits and an error.

Megan Calabrese drove in a run beating out an infield hit during the inning, as did Jamieson and Chelsea Matzko.

Jamieson had put the Raiders on the board in the second with her first infield single of the night.

After the long bottom of the third, Matzko returned to the mound on an afternoon that was getting colder and rainier as the minutes went by.

The Bulldogs would put the first two on base vi a hits batsmen and a walk. Both runners would move up to second and third on a wild pitch,, giving the visitors their second threat of the day.

This two would go for naught though as Matzko would get the next three hitters on a pop to first, a come backer and her ninth strike out of the game.

“Even with it being as wet as it was, Sydney handled it all,” Musselman said.

Jamieson struck again in the bottom of the frame with a booming triple to left center that scored two runs.

The umpires mercifully decided to give Crosby just one more at bat and fittingly, Matzko fielded a come backer which she tossed to her older sister at first for the win.

The Raiders will be back in action again on Thursday when they travel to Municipal Stadium in Waterbury to face Sacred Heart at 3:30 p.m.


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