WINSTED >> Winsted American Legion (1-4) took its first victory lap of the season with a 2-0 win over Torrington’s P38s (3-4) Thursday evening at Walker Field.
“We definitely wanted to get back into the win column,” said incoming senior Vinnie Tranceti, a key figure in Northwestern’s march to the CIAC Class M Championship game just a week ago.
With several more Highlanders on board, Winsted’s Legion team had high hopes for the short American Legion season, but, with an early start, there was also a penalty in Northwestern’s success.
“We missed a whole week with them,” said Coach Rob Jasmin. “Now they’re mentally drained.”
Thursday, Torrington Coach R.J. Poniatosky looked at a similar picture.
Thursday’s game was the flip side of a signature Torrington win at Southington the night before. In that game, Wamogo’s Garrett Coe pitched a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts. All the runs in the P38s’ 4-1 win came in one inning, when Austin Todd hit a three-run double followed by an RBI single from Jason Vinisko.
Thursday, hits were scarce on both sides, but Winsted used three of their five for both runs in the third inning.
Torrington managed seven hits but couldn’t string them together.
“We had no runs and we had no energy,” said Poniatoski. “Last night, we came up big. Now, we play three nights in a row and we can’t get a key hit.”
After Winsted Legion’s Mitch Gryniuk laced a lead-off single to left in the third inning for the first hit against Torrington’s Jake Reynolds (6 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk), Tranceti (2-for-2 with a walk) had the key hit Thursday.
Tranceti’s fly ball soared over center fielder Ben Vanotti’s head for a double and the game’s first run. After Northwestern teammate Tony Pucino beat out an infield single, Tranceti scored on a wild pitch.
P38s Nick Andro and Coe (2-for-3) hit isolated doubles, but that was the story of Torrington’s hits against Gilbert graduate left-hander Cam Goulet (7 innings, 7 hits, 7 strikeouts, 1 hit batter). The P38s got two hits in just one inning – the sixth. That inning, Goulet left John Swanson and Coe stranded on first and second with two strikeouts and a comebacker to the mound.
“It was location and our defense,” said Goulet.
“Cam was phenomenal,” said Jasmin. “He tapped the zone and he kept them off balance with off-speed pitches.”
Winsted 2, Torrington P38s 0
At Walker Field, Winsted
Torrington 000 000 0 – 0 7 1
Winsted 002 000 X – 2 5 0
WP: Cam Goulet. LP: Jake Reynolds. 2B: T – Nick Andro; Garrett Coe. W – Vinnie Tancreti.
Records: Torrington 3-4; Winsted 1-4.