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Torrington baseball and softball update. BL as well.

POSTED April 10, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Lots to talk about today on a Saturday where we saw about six hours of sunshine, a pure gift at this point considering the wind chill over the past few days.

…The Torrington baseball team finally got to play a game at Fuessenich Park on Saturday, a week after they were scheduled to open their campaign.

If they say good things come to those who wait then the Raiders collected some of that positive vibe in a 4-1 win over Woodland behind six strong innings from Jake Reynolds and some timely hitting.

Ben Vanotti stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the third to put the home team up 2-1 and in the bottom of the sixth, a pair of two out hits by Cam Cerruto and Jake Vinisko gave Torrington some breathing room as they improved to 2-0 on the year.

Marcus Rich came on in relief of Vanotti in the top of the seventh and got the last three outs even though the Hawks put two men on in the frame.

Torrington beat up on Derby by a 17-3 final on Wednesday in their season opener.

Next up will be a week that features four games because of the early season cancelations.

Monday the team travels to face Seymour, Wednesday they host Kennedy followed by a road trip to Crosby on Friday and their fourth game in six days will take place on Saturday when they host North Haven.

Talk about a way to see how deep your pitching staff is.

…The Torrington softball team moved out to a 2-1 record this spring with a 9-0 win over Woodland on the road Saturday.

On Friday, two of the best pitchers in the Naugatuck Valley League matched up when the Raiders Ali Dubois dueled Sara Lawton and Holy Cross.

In weather better suited for December football, the two aces battled, striking out 30 of the 42 outs recorded in a 2-1 Crusaders win.

A sixth inning run was the difference in this one when hits were at a premium and warmth nowhere to be found.

Torrington hosts another terrific pitcher on Monday as Raeanne Geffert and the Seymour Wildcats come to town.

Seymour has yet to give up a run in their first two games, beating Derby by a 16-0 score followed by an 8-0 win over Wolcott on Saturday.

…In Berkshire League baseball, Northwestern and Shepaug are both off to 2-0 starts.

The Highlanders took care of Gilbert (7-2) and Housatonic (13-6) in their first pair of contests while the Spartans beat Nonnewaug (4-2) and Thomaston (13-6) to start the season.

In BL softball action, Thomaston is off to a fast start at 2-0 thanks to wins over Shepaug (10-0) and Litchfield (22-0 5 inns) as are the Nonnewaug Chiefs thanks to wins over Shepaug (11-0) and Lewis Mills (8-3).

Now let’s see if we can get one entire week of games in without interruption. Is that too much to ask Mother Nature.

I’d like to put the snowblower away and bring out the mower.

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