Terryville Legion edges Torrington P38s

Terryville's Mike Milius slides around Torrington's Nick Andro to score the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Pete Paguaga Register Citizen

Terryville’s Mike Milius slides around Torrington’s Nick Andro to score the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Pete Paguaga Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> Terryville pitcher Taylor Donofrio swept through a sloppy game at Fuessenich Park for a 4-2 win against Torrington’s P38s Tuesday evening.

In a game with just six total hits (4-2 Terryville), the score was 2-1 after the first inning, without a hit – 3-2 in the fifth with just a single Terryville hit the inning before.

“It was a pathetic game – very disappointing,” said Torrington coach R.J. Poniatoski.

PHOTOS: Torrington P38s vs. Terryville

All the more reason to applaud Donofrio (7 innings, 0 earned runs, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk).

His team staked him to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on three walks and a sac fly, then gave up two runs in the bottom of the inning on four errors.

“I wasn’t in my groove in the first inning,” said Donofrio, “I go out there and try as hard as I can not to let them put the ball in play.”

Terryville's Taylor Donofrio went the distance, holding Torrington to just two hits, while striking out nine batters and allowing no earned runs. Pete Paguaga Register Citizen

Terryville’s Taylor Donofrio went the distance, holding Torrington to just two hits, while striking out nine batters and allowing no earned runs. Pete Paguaga Register Citizen

That effort worked for the next six innings as Donofrio struck out nine P38s while allowing just three scattered base runners, on a walk and two hits.

On the other side, Mitch Zagrodnik (7 innings, 4 earned runs, 4 strikeouts, 9 walks, 1 hit batter) limited the Terryville hits, but had major problems with his control.

The three first-inning walks that loaded the bases for Kyle Skidmore’s sac fly in the first was the beginning of a struggle that handed Terryville the lead in the fifth inning on two walks, three wild pitches and a passed ball.

`Nevertheless, at 3-2, the game was still up for grabs.

Donofrio grabbed it.

John McCarthy rapped Torrington’s first hit in the sixth; Evan Shortsleeve got the other one in the seventh. Donofrio stranded both of them with two strikeouts each inning.

“I throw a lot of curve balls,” said Donofrio, who heads for Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall. “My curve acts almost like a slider for easy strikes. Then, I’d come back with a fastball or change for the strikeout.”

“When he’s got his stuff going, he’s hard to hit,” said Terryville co-coach Dave Alarcon. “There’s a reason he’s playing in college.”

While Torrington worked on its first hits in the last innings, Terryville batters saved their best for last as well.

Jake Wright (2 runs) and Skidmore (2 RBI) started the seventh with a pair of doubles for the final score.

The top five teams in each zone qualify for the American Legion State Tournament.

Terryville, at 9-6, is currently third in nine-team Zone I. Torrington, 6-10, is seventh.

Terryville 4, Torrington P38s 2
At Fuessenich Park, Torrington
WP: Taylor Donofrio. LP: Mitch Zagrodnik. 2B: Tv – Jake Wright; Kyle Skidmore.
Records: Terryville 9-6; Torrington 6-10.

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