TORRINGTON >> Torrington’s softball team beat Crosby 15-0 in a mercy-rule-shortened five innings Friday afternoon.
It was another game that shows the disparity of competitiveness, top to bottom, not only in the NVL but across the state.
It’s a problem that has athletic directors and perhaps even the CIAC gnashing their collective teeth about it. Some have tried power divisions in their leagues; many are still racking their imaginations for a solution.
Quite possibly, there isn’t one, since the problem for a given school is sometimes temporary.
Crosby lost several players to academic probation; several more started family vacations early.
“I had to pull kids up from the JVs,” said Bulldog Coach Kevin Buda.
At the other end, the problem can be almost as bad.
“It makes it hard to prepare,” said Torrington Coach Maryann Musselman.
Her Red Raiders (4-2) bombed Kennedy 17-0 Wednesday and led the Bulldogs 10-0 after two innings Friday while trying to get ready for a nightmare schedule next week.
Monday, the Raiders travel to Southington, ranked No. 1 in the state in the pre-season GameTimeCT softball poll; Wednesday, they get a break at 1-1 Ansonia; Friday, No. 10 Oxford comes to town; and Saturday, the Raiders go to No. 5 Seymour.
“Seymour asked if we wanted to play them twice and I said ‘sure,’” said Musselman. “We need the competition.”
Friday was Torrington pitcher Ali Dubois’s second no-hitter in a row, but that’s not quite fair, either to her for her competitive edge or to JV players who have never seen a pitcher quite like Dubois.
Every player in Torrington’s lineup scored at least one run, but that’s not quite fair to them either, since next week presents a far different batting atmosphere.
In fact, the Bulldogs deserve much of Friday’s applause.
Pitcher Jasmine Roman did not get hammered, nor did she lose her composure when errors cropped up in the field behind her.
Center fielder Stephanie Amatruda, a sophomore, made her territory the wrong place to hit, hauling in every Torrington fly ball within reach (five of them).
Nayarit Cora refused to join Dubois’s parade of strikeouts (13), making contact twice for outs.
The whole team stayed cheerful and courteous, a credit to their school.
With that said, the person or group with a solution to these ongoing mismatches deserves a major prize.
Torrington 15, Crosby 0 (5)
At Torrington High School
Crosby 000 00 – 0 0 7
Torrington 731 31 – 15 15 0
WP: Ali Dubois. LP: Jasmine Roman. 2B: T – Carissa Carbone; Amanda Thiel.
Records: Crosby 1-4; Torrington 4-2.