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Raiders Track off to hot start. Baseball tries to get on the field while softball struggles.

POSTED April 10, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Torrington Girls and Boys Track and Field teams are off to a hot start with both teams posting 4-0 marks.

On Tuesday, before the skies opened up, both teams cruised past visiting Wilby (75-43) and Crosby (84-38) in an impressive display of balance on the track and in the field.

In the meet opener, the boys 4x800 relay team of Sean Clinkscales, Harrison Lanczycki, Bryan Gallegos and John McLaughlin posted a winning time of 9:49.8.

The girls second event was the 4x100 and in an exciting finish, the Raiders pulled out the win, coming from behind on the last leg of the race behind Amaris Goodwin, who overcame a five-yard deficit for the win, going away.

The 4x100 team is going to be a team to watch this year with Goodwin joined by Abby Estefani, Payton Graham and Michaela Jones.

Estefani, Graham and Goodwin are all sophomores, Jones the lone senior.

Goodwin went on to win the 200 in 28.1.

Abby McCarthy won the 1600 and anchored the team that took the 4x800.

Senior Lexi Reginatto had a terrific day with wins in the Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump.

On the boy’s side, Josh Maldonado won Javelin with a big throw while Rangel Pascual won High Jump and Triple Jump.

Torrington has a key Iron Division matchup on the road next Tuesday at Watertown with a 10 a.m. start on tap during school break. Watertown sits atop the Iron at the moment.  

-At this rate, the Torrington baseball team might have to play a Major League looking schedule in order to complete their 2019 slate of games.

As of today, April 10, the Raiders have played just one game while most of their Naugatuck Valley League foes are wrapping up their first quarter of the campaign.

Mother Nature is certainly getting the best of Torrington right now and the back up of the schedule has begun in earnest.

The Raiders lost their only completed game this season in a 13-4 loss to Sacred Heart at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury last Friday.

Over the next nine days, the Raiders will attempt to catch up with six games on the docket over that tight time frame.

They travel today to take on Kennedy at Waterville Park before opening the home portion of their schedule on Thursday against Oxford at Fuessenich Park.

Wolcott is on deck at home on Friday with a trip to St Paul scheduled for next Monday before two more home games, Seymour on Wednesday and Naugatuck on Thursday.

Having enough pitching to go through a stretch like this is going to be one heck of a challenge for head coach Pat Richardson and his staff.   

-The Torrington softball team has been scoring runs, 20 in three games.

Unfortunately, the Raiders have surrendered 48 in those same three games to start the season 0-3.

Torrington has faced some of the same weather-related issues as the boys have as they have yet to play a home game and will have a loaded schedule, starting today when they travel to face Kennedy.

They stay on the road on Friday as they face Wolcott before trying for their home opener next Tuesday against St Paul.

Seymour comes to Torrington the next day for an 11 a.m. game.

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