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Naugatuck Valley League Tournament time for Torrington baseball, softball.

POSTED May 24, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON-After a whirl-wind weekend that finally wrapped up the regular season in the Naugatuck Valley League baseball and softball scenes, both Torrington teams will be in action Monday afternoon.

NVL Boys: After dropping the second game of a two city double-header on Friday afternoon and night, the Raiders boys got some welcome news over the weekend as they prepare for action on Monday.

When Holy Cross beat Naugatuck by a 7-6 score Sunday afternoon, Torrington claimed the Copper Division title outright.

Their 16-4 regular season record has them sitting in the second spot in the Class L state rankings, behind only Berlin (13-3) who still has four games to play in four days.

At present, the Raiders appear to be able to finish no worse than second, giving them at least two home games in the second season.

Before that though, there is the little matter of getting to their second goal of the year; taking the NVL title outright with a tournament championship.

Because of how badly the rain messed with things at the end of last week, head coach Gerry Carbone had no choice but to use both his number one and two pitchers on Friday.

Neither Pat Austin or Joe Mateo are scheduled to take the mound today when the Raiders take on St Paul Catholic at 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, leaving Carbone with a couple of options, including using a hurler with limited varsity time this year.

“It’s going to be either Dustin Marfyak or Kyle Sanford,” Carbone said, “I haven’t decided yet. Kyle pitched an inning earlier this year and Dustin has a 3-2 record so far.”

The Raiders beat up on the Falcons by a 18-3 score back on April 29 at Fuessenich Park but St Paul ended the year winning four of their last six games and may have their number one pitcher on the hill for them on Monday night.

Semi-final action is set for Tuesday afternoon with the finals coming up on Thursday. Let’s not forget about Mother Nature; she has not been a friend to anyone in the sports world this month and may have a lot to say about what happens over the next five days with showers or thunderstorms seemingly on tap for the foreseeable future.

NVL Softball:  Sydney Matzko and the Raiders will be in action on Monday as wel when they travel to Wolcott High School to take on Watertown at 4 p.m.

The Indians got the best of the one regular season match-up between the two teams with a 1-0 win back on May 5 in Torrington.

Meg Cordon is a tough hurler to face in a one and done scenario so the Raiders have their work cut out for them.

Round two is scheduled for Tuesday and the finals Thursday, both rounds being played at Naugatuck High School.

Torrington is currently ranked in the top 15 in Class L, giving them a shot at a home game, depending on how many teams qualify.

Matzko, just a freshman, was named to the All-Copper Division team along with her sister, senior Chelsea.

Sydney Matzko has 165 strikeouts to date but was not named to the All-NVL team despite being ranked second in K’s with those 165 and a 10 win season.

Against top teams like Watertown, Holy Cross and Seymour, the Raiders struggled at the plate at times and need to improve on that statistic if they intend on making a run in the post-season.

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