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Torrington softball looking for deep run in Class L Tournament.

POSTED May 30, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Torrington softball team fell a game short of where they wanted to be in 2016, losing to Fitch in the Class L semi-finals.

The Raiders attempt to move one game farther this season and they begin the journey on Wednesday after a first-round bye on Monday.

Torrington (# 4, 17-3) can play two home games, taking them all the way back to the semi’s if they get by the winner of the opening round match-up between Rockville (# 13, 13-7) and East Lyme (# 20, 9-11) who play on Monday.

If the Raiders get Rockville, it will be the second time the teams have seen each other this spring after squaring off in Florida in early April when both teams made the trip south.

In an epic game, which started at 8 a.m., the two teams battled for nine innings before Torrington prevailed by a 2-1 final as ace Ali DuBois struck out 19, including the side in the top of the ninth with the winning run on third with nobody out.

Morgan Bolduk was nearly as tough as her Torrington counterpart and could be a difficult out if Rockville gets past East Lyme in round one.

The three teams ahead of the Raiders include No. 1 Pomperaug, a team that DuBois and the Raiders eliminated in the quarterfinals by a 3-0 final with the Boston University bound junior throwing a no-hitter.

Nonnewaug grabbed the second seed while Masuk is ranked number 3 and each have byes, as do the Raiders and Pomperaug.

If Torrington wins their post season opener, they would stay at home to face one of four teams.

No 5 North Haven, No. 12 Farmington, No. 21 Brookfield (who DuBois eliminated with a perfect game a year ago in the second round) or No. 24 Bunnell.

Pomperaug is on the same side of the Class L bracket, setting up a potential semi-final battle if both teams get that far.

This Raider team is coming off a heart-breaking loss to rival Holy Cross in the Naugatuck Valley League semi-finals, a game they led 2-0, entering the bottom of the seventh.

The Crusaders would tie things in the seventh and eventually get the win in their half of the twelve.

They will have been off for eight days since the loss on May 23 in Naugatuck and have hopefully put that game behind them.

Game time on Wednesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. at THS.



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