TORRINGTON — It all happened early at Fuessenich Park Friday afternoon.
Wolcott scored its 5-0 win in the first four innings. Then Torrington starter Kyle Banche and seventh-inning reliever C.J. Root held the Eagles to just two more hits.
Complete-game winner Jack Drewry flipped that performance for the Eagles: two hits in the first two innings, then nothing for the next five.
“Today was a day where you just have to tip your hat to the other team,” said Torrington coach Pat Richardson. “Our team didn’t embarrass me and they didn’t embarrass themselves, especially with Drewry on the mound.”
“We have a very dominant, experienced team and Jack’s the focus,” said Wolcott coach Tary Scott, with plenty of history backing him up.
The Eagles were Class M champions three years ago, runners-up to Seymour last year. Drewry, headed to Southern Connecticut next year, is one of two Wolcott players with experience on both teams, but the Eagles lost just three starters from last year’s success.
Ironically, after earning Friday’s accolades on the mound (8 strikeouts, 0 walks), Drewry joins the Owls as a first baseman, not a pitcher.
“I like to hit, but I like being in control,” he grinned. “My curve is the pitch I’ll go to anytime in the count.”
In a nod toward Southern’s decision, the big righthander had two of Wolcott’s 10 hits Friday, including a double, despite a strong outing for Red Raider starter Kyle Banche (4 strikeouts, 0 walks).
While Torrington’s Aaron Bainer and Charlie Pataky led off with Torrington’s lone hits in the first and second innings, Banche held the Eagles to just one hit (by Drewry) in the first inning, then yielded three for two runs in the second, another trio in the third for two more runs and a hit and an error in the fourth for the final Eagle score.
Those who marvel at Wolcott’s success find the offensive answer in the depth of Friday’s lineup. Alex James and Drewry, second and third in the order, scored the third-inning runs on a ground-out and hit by Jeff Nicol and Reece Ketchum (2-for-2 with a double), fifth and sixth in the order.
Nicol and Alex Calabro, fifth and seventh, scored in the second inning on a two-run single by number nine, Tom Marciano (2-for-3).
Marciano scored the final run in the fourth.
After junior Kyle Banche’s showing against the powerhouse, Coach Richardson might soon be able to echo the Wolcott coach on Friday.
“I’ve got confidence every time (Drewry) gets on the mound,” said Eagles coach Scott.
After an opening-game misstep against WCA, Wolcott is now 4-1. Torrington is 1-4 after posting its first win against Kennedy on Wednesday.