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Seymour softball gets back to winning ways with 11-1 win over Raiders.

POSTED May 12, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Alyssa Michne of Torrington, fouls a pitch off during her softball teams 11-1 loss at home to Seymour. The Wildcats recovered from a loss to Oxford on Tuesday with a convincing win to extend their record to 15-1. The Raiders fall to 9-7.

TORRINGTON-There’s a reason the Seymour Wildcats are so incredibly sound fundamentally.

They want to go home.

“We work hard in practice on the basics,” Wildcats manager Ken Pereiras said, “The kids take 100 ground balls and to end practice, have to get 50 outs without making an error or we start all over.”

That dedication to the very basics of the game have kept the Wildcats remain one of the premier team in the State and on Wednesday afternoon in Torrington, they put on a clinic against the Raiders in an 11-1 win.

One day after dropping their first game of the season in a 7-6 non-league contest against Oxford, Seymour was back on their game.

“We may have taken Oxford a bit lightly,” Pereiras said, “With big league match ups coming against Torrington and Naugatuck this week, we kind of let our guard down. We had heard a lot of great things about their pitcher (Sydney Matzko) and wanted to make sure we got off to a fast start.”

The visitors didn’t give the Raiders freshman much time to relax right out of the chute in the first inning, scoring two runs with only one ball making it out of the infield.

The fundamentals were flowing early, starting with a single to left by second baseman Kelly Mitchell who promptly stole second. It seemed every runner was in motion in the opening frame; this team takes advantage of anything and everything you may give them.

“You can’t make any mistakes against a team like this,” Raiders head coach Maryann Musselman said, “They jumped out early and things kind of fell apart later.”

A groundout moved Mitchell to second, an infield hit that traveled maybe 25 feet put runners on first and third.

Starting pitcher Steph Burt pounded the dirt again for the second infield hit of the inning and first run.

A grounder to first scored the second run and before you knew it, Seymour was up 2-0.

Against a pitcher like Burt, two runs can sometimes seem like 30, even when she is not at 100 percent.

“Steph has tendonitis in three different part of her throwing shoulder,” Pereiras said, “She wasn’t at the top of her game but she toughed it out.”

Burt pitched six innings and was relieved by Kelly Ferris which is not fair for any opposing team; a number one being replaced by a number one.

Ferris was fifth in the Naugatuck Valley League in strikeouts with 47 and added three more in the seventh to close things out for the visitors.

Sydney Matzko struck out seven and kept things close until a five-run sixth broke the game open.

Seymour ended the day with 15 hits but that included six of the infield variety.

Torrington loaded the bases in their half of the first when Burt had trouble finding the plate and walked three but struck out two and got the third on a unassisted groundout to first.

Sydney Matzko got the Raiders first hit with a flare to right that the freshman had to hustle to beat out.

Part of that fundamentals play includes looking to get an out on any ball, even one to the outfield.

To prove the point, after a walk put runners on first and second, Torrington shortstop Mollie Bartles lined a single to right but was cut down at first on a strong throw form right fielder Grace Nisbet to end the threat.

Seymour added two runs in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth before blowing it open in the sixth.

The run in the fifth was another textbook example of how to take advantage of everything you can at any time.

Burt led off the frame with a hard single to right and was pinch run for by Steph Willette who went to second on a passed ball.

On a two-two pitch, Matzko struck out Petroski with a high fastball that bounced off Raiders catcher Talia Zabbara’s glove to the backstop.

Willette took third and kept on going home when the Raiders made the throw to first.

Seymour centerfielder Katie Petroski had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three, two on a single in the sixth.

So with 16 games in the books, Torrington sports a 9-7 record with four to go.

13-7 is not out of the question with winnable games coming up against Ansonia and Crosby on the road and home games versus Kennedy and Sacred Heart to end the regular season.

It’s been a year of streaks for Torrington who have won seven in a row at one point while also seeing a three and four game losing streak mixed in.


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