Matzko, Raiders, keep rolling on....
Not much is stopping the Torrington girls softball team so far this season.
With an 11-0 record and a key early season win over perenial power Seymour under their belt, the Raiders are getting noticed, even on State polls.
Torrington has broken into the top 10 in the most recent New Haven Register poll and for good reason.
They have outscored their opponents by a 103-6 margin in their 11 wins and after starting out less than stellar on the defensive side, have gotten that part of their game in line as well.
Matzko has, well, been Matzko.
Her top performance came in game four against the Wildcats when she allowed 10 hits, most of them off of bunt singles, a part of the Torrington defensive game that at times still struggles.
The more baserunners that reached base, the harder Matzko bore down, a good sign for the future when the States start in late May.
This season, the Raiders played an out of conference game early in the year against Lewis Mills and won 9-2. Playing these games has proven to be helpful for teams in multiple sports who can benefit from a different level of competition.
With nine games to go in the regular season, Torrington faces several challenges including a tough road game versus rival Holy Cross (7-3) who gave the Raiders their toughest battle to date in the opener, a 3-2 win at home.
The Crusaders have won seven of their last eight, the one loss being a 11-2 beating by Seymour on April 22.
Kennedy (6-3) is playing well as are the Naugatuck Greyhounds, who come to Torrington the last game of the regular season on May 16.
Every team on their schedule from now until then would love to be the squad that burst the bubble on a potential perfect season.
Can Matzko and the Raiders complete a dream campaign?
Keep watching.....This should be good.
As it stands today, Torrington is ranked No. 1 in Class L but has plenty of company in the perfection department half way through the year.
Maloney (9-0 in the CCC), Masuk (9-0 in the SWC), Rockville (8-0 in the CCC) and Berlin (7-0 in the CCC) have all yet to lose.
Class L has the highest share of unbeatens to date with those five.
Class M has three who have yet to lose (Stonington 7-0 in the ECC, Granby Memorial and Suffield 6-0 in the NCCC.
No teams in either Class LL or S remain unbeaten.