SEYMOUR >> With the game tied up 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning with runners on second and third and no outs, Torrington’s Brittany Young stepped to plate for the biggest at bat of the game.
“I knew I had to do something,” Young said.
After going down 0-2 in the count Young slapped a Raenna Geffert pitch down the left field line for a double that scored both runners and gave No. 7 Torrington a 3-1 lead which they would add to as they beat No. 10 Seymour, 6-1.
“I was pumped,” said Young, a junior, after reaching second and seeing both runs score. “I anticipated it (pitch) to be outside.”
Torrington senior pitcher Sydney Matzko had held the Wildcats bats at bay for most of the game, was happy for Young that she was able to come through.
“That was clutch,” Matzko said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
The Red Raiders had earlier chances to score in the sixth inning, when Marissa Morris led off the inning with a walk that was followed up by Matzko base hit and after a passed ball they moved up to second and third with no outs.
After a Sam Pelow strikeout, Alexis Tyrell tried to bunt Morris home, but Morris was cut down at the plate and just like that there were two outs. Tyrell moved up to second.
“We’re trying to be more aggressive on base and put the pressure on their defense,” Torrington head coach Maryann Musselman said.
Young, who has struggled to start the season, stepped to the plate and drove both runners home.
“That’s such a confidence builder to put the ball in play for the team,” Musselman said. “A little boost for her and the team.”
“We had her two strikes on her, she’s a good hitter,” Seymour head coach Ken Pereiras said.
After Matzko sent down Seymour in order in the bottom of the inning, the Red Raider bats got going again.
Sara Heath led off the top of the seventh with a single, after a strikeout, Nikki Jamieson followed up with a single of her own and after another passed ball, Morris ripped her third hit of the game, scoring Heath, 4-1.
Matzko was then walked, Pelow followed that up with a base hit scoring Jamieson and then Tyrell hit a sacrifice fly, 6-1.
“It was a great game for five innings,” Pereiras said. “They got the big hits.”
The Red Raiders got on board first when Morris drove in Anderson, who doubled, in the top of the third, but the lead didn’t last long.
Seymour’s Katie Petroski got on with a base hit, then stole and second and third base and scored on a Geffert base hit, 1-1.
Geffert’s hit though was the last hit and base runner the Wildcats would get the rest of the game.
Matzko would retire the last 13 batters of the game. She finished the game with 11 strikeouts and only allowed two hits.
“I just had to get used to the field,” Matzko said. ‘I usually get better as I go.”
Both teams return to action on Monday, Seymour hosts Watertown and Torrington takes on Holy Cross at home.
TORRINGTON 6, SEYMOUR 1
Torrington 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 — 6 11 1
Seymour 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 2 0
Sydney Matzko/Marissa Morris; Raeanne Geffert/Amanda Harkins.
WP: Sydney Matzko (2-0). LP: Raeanne Geffert (2-1). 2B: (TO) Brittany Anderson
Brittany Young,. 3B: (TO) Alexis Tyrrell.
Team records: Torrington 2-0; Seymour 2-1.