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Raiders get an easy one versus Woodland, 13-0. Big match up with Holy Cross on deck.

POSTED April 17, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It was nice to finally play a home game on their newly remodeled field at Torrington High School and get a win but the Torrington softball team is really looking forward to hitting the road again on Tuesday for a very important meeting with a league rival.

The Raiders beat up on Woodland by a 13-0 final on Monday, two days after returning from Florida and a week playing games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex where the team picked up two important regular season wins that brought their record to 2-1.

Yes, just 2-1 after a start of the month that didn’t work out on any field in this area. The Raiders had played more games nearly 1100 mile away than they had right outside their own high school thanks to a late winter.

In their only other game in Connecticut, Torrington dropped a 2-1 decision to rival Seymour the Friday before they left for the warmer weather.

Their two wins in the hot sun, one against Naugatuck (10-1) and the other against Rockville (2-1 in nine) were important, especially the second game when they played a marathon early morning (8 a.m.) contest against a high-quality team whom they may see again down the road in the Class L State Tournament.

On Tuesday, the Raiders travel down Route 8 to Waterbury for a matchup against Naugatuck Valley League foe, Holy Cross and Sara Lawton at 3:45 in an important game for several reasons.

In the NVL this year, four teams seem to be separating themselves a bit from the back.

Holy Cross, Seymour and St Paul are a combined 15-2 with the Wildcats atop the standings at a perfect 7-0, including a 5-3 win over the Falcons in Bristol on Monday.

Torrington dropped that tough 2-1 game on a walk-off home run off the bat of the Wildcats third basemen, Rebecca Findley before hitting the warm weather and would like nothing more than to knock off a pitcher who has been very tough on them and everybody else the Crusaders face.

Both Seymour (Class M) and Holy Cross (S) are defending State Champions.

That’s the spot this Raider team would love to see themselves in come mid-June of this year.

Facing a pitcher like Lawton is like facing the Raiders ace, Ali DuBois, who pitched with guts and determination in the Raiders 2-1 win in nine innings over Rockville last Thursday in the land of Mickey and Minnie.

DuBois pitched deeper than she ever had in that game, finding something deep inside her when she needed it, especially when Rockville put a runner on third with nobody out in the top of the ninth in a sudden-death situation.

The Boston University bound senior bore down and struck out the next three hitters, living up to the nickname she has gotten from her college coaches.

“They call me a bulldog,” DuBois said. “The tougher the situation is, the more determined I get.”

Half the battle for the Raiders is how they approach Lawton.

On their heels or on the offensive.

Lawton also has the reputation of not backing down.

Should be a great match up.

NOTES: The Raiders put their Monday contest against the Hawks away early with four first inning runs.

Alexis Tyrrell was on base all four time she was up with three singles and a walk to go along with three stolen bases.

Nina Julian doubled and scored twice while Amanda Theil drove in four runs in the victory.



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