TORRINGTON >> Torrington’s Marcus Bloom invoked true mercy on a long, cold night with a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning for a walk-off mercy-rule 15-0 win over Terryville Monday night at Fuessenich Park.
Sports Palace’s opening Connie Mack game felt more like early spring than a harbinger of summer, though Torrington’s opening-night performance promised a hot summer regardless of temperatures.
Combining several stars from good Torrington High School and Wolcott Tech teams, Sports Palace hopped on the young Terryville team with six runs in the first inning, then poured it on through Bloom’s climactic hit for the grand finale.
“We have pitching, we have defense and we can hit,” said Torrington Manager Bill Heintz, with the feeling he, Coach Scott Tuccarone and Pitching Coach Cody Lemieux may have their best team in years.
“Our only problem is getting everyone in,” said Heintz, perhaps the only person at Fuessenich hoping for more innings Monday so he could get more talent in the lineup at bat and on the mound.
Veteran Connie Mack pitcher Josh Rubino got the start, going three innings with three hits, 4 strikeouts and a walk for the win.
Delvin Alvarez came in for the last two innings, looking just as good with two hits, three strikeouts and a walk.
Without Bloom’s triple, Heintz was ready to show another of his five-man pitching staff in the sixth inning.
By then, Terryville had seen enough.
“We didn’t hit as well as we can tonight,” Heintz said.
Sometimes they did; sometimes they didn’t need to.
The first inning’s six runs came on five hits and three Terryville errors.
By the fifth inning, 11 of 13 Sports Palace players crossed the plate at least once.
Nick Santillo, Bloom, Nate Manchester, D.J. Reynolds and Riley Shreders had two hits apiece.
Jimmy Lamana, Manchester and Reynolds (2) had doubles parked in their batting lines.
And then came Bloom’s triple.
“I knew I had two strikes. I knew it was going to be high. He just left it out there,” said Bloom.
The ball flew to the fence in right center field. Alvin Cabrera and Owen Spino raced home for the necessary 15-run game-ending spread.
Both teams went home to contemplate warmer days to come.
Torrington Sports Palace 15, Terryville 0 (5)
At Fuessenich Park, Torrington
Terryville 000 00 – 0 5 7
Torrington 621 33 – 15 14 0
WP: Josh Rubino. LP: Dom Zappone. 3B: T – Marcus Bloom. 2B: T – Jimmy Lamana; Nate Manchester; D.J. Reynolds 2.
Records: Terryville 0-2; Torrington 1-0.