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A look ahead. Winding down the spring season.

POSTED May 12, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: For the past week, Litchfield County has been taken over by our Mother’s Day Salute Series, a feature that kept on growing and growing as the week went on.

I want to thank everyone who submitted their tributes to one of the most important people in most of our lives.

These were heartfelt, thoughtful and well written tributes to some of the best mom’s in and around our area.

Telling a loved one how you feel about them is a joy each person that sent one in now understands.

Thanks again to all.

THE WEEK AHEAD: With the weather finally looking as if we have turned a corner on the thermometer in the upward position, the local sports scene is also heating up as this fast spring season starts to enter its last stages.

Here’s what’s happening in the area.

Naugatuck Valley League Baseball: Nobody is hotter than the Torrington boys, a team that started their season by dropping a football-like 28-14 decision to St Paul but has turned things around in a big way of late.

As the week begins, the Raiders are sitting on top in the Copper Division with a 5-1 record (9-4 overall) with a very busy week on tap with four games in five days.

Today, the Raiders take on 0-14 Crosby at Fuessenich Park followed by another home game against Holy Cross (8-5) on Tuesday.

Torrington travels to Waterbury to take on 2-12 Kennedy before coming back home for a NVL/Berkshire League matchup with Northwestern (9-4).

The Highlanders game will be under the lights at the big ballpark, as will the Raiders last regular season home game against rival Naugatuck on Monday night.

Winning five of their last seven is a distinct possibility, giving manager Pat Richardson’s team a 14-6 record which should translate into a state home playoff game.

Berkshire League Baseball: The Thomaston Golden Bears season sits at 11-0 on Monday morning with three games on tap, two against team’s right behind them in the standings.

The Bears host Lewis Mills today, the Spartans hold an 8-5 record and lost to Thomaston 5-4 at home in their first meeting.

Northwestern comes down Route 8 on Wednesday, looking to avenge a 4-3 defeat in Winsted earlier this season. The Highlanders sport a 9-4 mark as the week begins.

Manager Bob McMahan and company round out the week with a visit to Litchfield (4-8) on Friday, a team they handled by a 12-3 final the first time around.

Naugatuck Valley League Softball: The beat goes on for the Torrington girls, who are six wins away from their second straight undefeated regular season and there is not a lot in their way at the moment.

Sydney Matzko and company had two close games last week, something that should help them down the road come playoff time.

Torrington beat Naugatuck (3-0) and Woodland (4-0), two of the better teams in the NVL and games that lasted more than five innings, an advantage to the Raiders for certain.

It would appear only one more test will come the Raiders way, maybe two.

A rematch with the Greyhounds on the road comes next week as does a second look at Holy Cross later this week.

Aside from those two games, the Raiders have beaten the remaining four teams by a 70-1 margin the first time around.

Berkshire League Softball: The race in on in the BL, with four teams battling for the top spot as we come down the stretch.

The Thomaston Golden Bears (10-1) have a real chance to separate themselves a bit from the pack if they sweep the week but face Lewis Mills (9-3) in Burlington before hosting Nonnewaug (9-2) on Tuesday.

The Bears wrap up the week with a trip north to Winsted to take on the Highlanders (11-1) on Thursday afternoon.

Mills threw things out of order when they took down the Highlanders last week by a 9=5 score, setting up the race to the wire.

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