TORRINGTON >> Unionville swept a double header from the Torrington P38s Sunday, 4-1 and 2-0, in a pair of games featuring the shared strengths and weaknesses of both teams – good pitching, not much hitting and the rigors of a packed American Legion schedule.
The first game had the teams tied 1-1 into the seventh inning. Unionville (4-6) scored three runs in the top of the inning, two of them unearned, and Torrington (3-6) couldn’t answer.
“Jason Vinisko pitched a good game,” said Torrington Coach R.J. Poniatoski.
In the second game, the story was much the same. Torrington’s Clay Langer pitched a gem – 5 hits, 14 strikeouts, 2 walks – but the P38s came up with just six hits against Unionville’s Joe Harold (10 strikeouts, 0 walks).
In each case, there were a few standout hitters, but not enough to go with them.
“We’ve got talent. We’ve just got to string our hits together,” said Torrington’s Jake Reynolds, 5-for-7 on the day.
“I just watched his curve ball and timed it,” said Unionville’s Joe Nadel, 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and a run in the second game.
The packed schedule creates its own problems.
“It’s been a long week,” said Unionville Coach Tyler Meccariello. “We played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I gave them two days off, just trying to get the guys here to play.”
Torrington’s Poniatoski had a similar problem.
“We have five starters missing today,” he said. “Having to go with just nine guys takes its toll.”
Reynolds put his finger on Unionville’s success in the second game. Without many hits, Unionville strung together what it had.
Max Germano led off the game with a walk, got to third on a steal and a ground-out, then scored on Dante Cologiovani’s single to left.
Nadel started the fourth inning with his first double, down the third base line, stole third and a scored on a ground-out.
Nadel timed Langer’s curve, but not many teammates did. All five Unionville hits came from the two, three and four hitters – Danny Lester (2-for-3), Cologiovani and Nadel.
“I was a little rusty,” said Langer. “I’ve pitched just once since school ended.”
Harold allowed two Torrington hits in just one inning, the third, when Adam Vanotti and Reynolds hit back-to-back two-out singles, then watched a final fly-out to center field as they rounded the bases.
Like Unionville, the hits came from a small group – Vanotti, Reynolds, Garrett Coe (double) and Matt McCarthy (2-for-3).
“With this schedule, almost everybody gets to pitch,” said Meccariello.
“I located pretty well,” said Harold. “I put my fastball on the corners.”
One pitcher on the corners, the other with a good set-up fastball and a curve from one corner to the other.
Good pitching, not much hitting.
Unionville 2, Torrington P38s 0
At Fuessenich Park, Torrington
Unionville 100 100 0 – 2 5 1
Torrington 000 000 0 – 0 6 0
WP: Joe Harold. LP: Clay Langer. 2B: U – Danny Lester; Joe Nadel 2. T – Garrett Coe.
Records: Unionville 4-6; Torrington 3-6.