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Julia Fritz leads the Torrington softball team over Ansonia, 13-1. Raiders knock out 13 hits.

POSTED May 07, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It’s been a season of learning for the Torrington softball team and like in any learning experience, you’re going to take your share of lumps, as the young Raiders have.

For one day though, all was right in the world for the home team as they pounded out 13 hits in a 13-1 win over Ansonia.

The win was the second for head coach Maryanne Musselman and her team this year and going in, the Raiders had a plan that they worked to perfection.

“We had a game plan that called for us to be very aggressive on the base paths,” Musselman said. “The kids did a great job of looking to take the extra base whenever they could, and it paid off.”

Every starter scored at least one run and sophomore Sarah Walton crossed the plate three times.

Torrington scored two in the first, four in the second and seven in a very long fifth inning that saw 12 Raiders come to the plate.

Junior Julia Fritz pitched her best game of the season, allowing just the one run on three hits while striking out eight.

Her key?

“First pitch strike,” Musselman said. “We had been working with her on getting that first one over and today she did it very well.”

Fritz gave up her only run of the game in the second inning and after that, not much more with just two additional Chargers reaching base the remainder of the game, one on an error, the other on a harmless sixth inning single.

The junior would retire her last five in a row for her second win of the year while having a day at the plate that included a long double and a pair of infield hits. Throw in the two RBI’s and you could say it was a good day for Fritz.

Dana Cisowski also added three hits while Alyssa Dowd and Walton knocked in a pair each.

How young are the Raiders?

Their only senior is first baseman Nina Lestrud. The remainder of the starting line up is made up of Juniors (3), Sophomores (3) and Freshman (2).

With each passing game, each of them will gain valuable experience in the field and at the plate that will certainly help them down the line.


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