TORRINGTON >> Winsted Post 43 earned its first win of the season, 6-5 over Torrington’s P38s at Fuessenich Park Thursday evening.
“We came to play,” said Winsted coach D.J. Reese, whose team clawed its way to a 6-1 lead before Torrington (2-4) charged back in the bottom of the seventh.
A day earlier, the P38s caught up with Unionville’s 2-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, then put it away in the ninth.
This time, the hole was too deep.
“It was another wake-up call,” said Torrington coach R.J. Poniatoski.
Winsted jumped on incoming Torrington High School sophomore Jason Vinisko (7 innings, 5 earned runs, 7 hits, 13 strikeouts, 5 walks, 1 hit batter) for four runs on six hits in the first two innings, then, with just one more hit in the game, tacked on two more runs, in the fifth and sixth innings.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Devin Warren (6 innings, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks), an incoming junior at Northwestern, held Torrington to just one unearned run in six less-dramatic innings.
“We’ve been playing hard,” said Coach Reese, now 1-4 with Post 43. “We’ve been in every game except two. Our motto is ‘Throw strikes and make the routine plays.’”
Routine plays were sometimes a problem for Torrington.
Winsted’s Nate Marshall (2-for-4) scored in the first inning on a single, wild pitch and RBI single by Pepe Napolean.
Two more runs in the second came with a leadoff double by John King and singles by Garrett Healey (2 runs) and Warren. The third Winsted run came across with a bobble on a ground ball in the outfield.
With Vinisko humming, the hole still grew.
A bad throw made Tim Smith safe at first in the fifth. Then a passed ball, fly-out and fielder’s choice put him on the scoreboard, no hits.
One more Winsted run crossed in the sixth, beginning with a hit batter, Garrett Healey. He scrambled to second on a passed ball. Smith, with Winsted’s last hit of the day, hit him in with a line drive single to right.
Torrington bats couldn’t get started against Warren.
“My curve ball was working well,” he said.
It earned him three strikeouts in the first three innings.
Then a Winsted error cost Post 43 its first run in the fourth. Evan Shortsleeve (2 RBI) got on with a bad Winsted throw and made the most of it on hits by Matt McCarthy (2-for-4) and Perry Weingart plus an RBI walk by John Swanson.
Still, the game seemed well in hand when Warren sat down after six innings.
Hardly. The P38s got a taste of comebacks against Unionville and liked it.
Reliever Mitch Gryniak walked Shane Bierfeldt. John McCarthy (2-for-4) follwed with a single. With one out, Shortsleeve rapped them home, 6-3. Matt McCarthy replaced Shortsleeve with a fielder’s choice, two outs.
The game was still on.
Nick Ganio (2-for-2) laced an RBI single up the middle. John Swanson (2-for-3) drove in another, 6-5.
Reese called on veteran Gilbert pitcher Marshall.
“It’s fun; it’s a clutch situation,” Marshall grinned.
Marshall faced one batter. Strikeout. Game over.
Winsted 6, Torrington P38s 5
At Fuessenich Park, Torrington
Winsted 130 011 0—6 7 2
Torrington 000 100 4—5 11 3
WP: Devin Warren. LP: Jason Vinisko. 2B: W—John King.
Records: Winsted 1-4; Torrington 2-4.