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Red Raiders Softball Closing In On Perfection

POSTED May 04, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

TORRINGTON - The Torrington High School softball team rolled to its 16th victory of the season on Friday, knocking off NVL rival Holy Cross, 7-1.

The Red Raiders are currently the top-ranked team in Class L at 16-0 and are just four wins away from a perfect regular season.

Torrington will be the favorite in all four of its remaining games and may need to win them all to be the top seed when the Class L tournament rolls around. There are four undefeated softball teams left in the state and three of them are in Class L. Aside from the Red Raiders, Masuk of Monroe (14-0) and Maloney of Meriden (13-0) are also perfect so far and vying for the top spot in the Class.

You play out the schedule because anything can happen, but its a good bet that Torrington will end the regular season and enter the NVL Tournament at 20-0. The Red Raiders have already beaten their four remaining opponents this season by a combined score of 46-1.

Torrington's march toward perfection resumes on Monday with a home game against Kennedy. Torrington won the first matchup 5-0 on April 5. On Wednesday Torrington is at Crosby, which it blanked 16-0 on April 8. Torrington then closes out the season with a pair of home games, hosting Sacred Heart on May 13 and Naugatuck on May 16. The Red Raiders beat the Hearts 20-0 on April 16 and the Greyhounds 5-1 on April 18.

As you can see, runs are at a premium whenever you face the Red Raiders and junior pitching standout Sydney Matzko. Torrginton has only given up seven runs in 16 games this season and Holy Cross has scored three of them, including two in the Red Raiders' 3-2 season-opening victory.

On Friday Matzko was her usual dominant self, throwing a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. She also added two RBI. 

Matzko hasn't had to be a one-player team this season though, and Torrington's postseason hopes really hinge on how the rest of the Red Raiders handle the big spots that are coming up. You know Matzko is going to keep you in every game, but as the competition gets better come tournament time, other Red Raiders are going to have to step up and so far this season they have.

The defense has been tight behind Matzko this season and the offense has given her solid run support more often than not. On Friday Marissa Morris homered, tripled and had three RBI while Sam Pelow had two hits and two RBI and Brittany Young added two singles.

If Torrington keeps getting offensive production like that from up and down the order with Matzko on the mound, it is going to be very tough to beat.

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