TORRINGTON >> Torrington beat Watertown 10-2 in a wind-swept day from hell for the Indians.
Things went fine in a scoreless first inning when each team got its first hit.
Watertown’s Kayla Fac beat out an infield mis-hit for a single in the top of the inning.
In the bottom half, Lauren Jamieson grounded through the left-side hole with one out. Indian pitcher Kaley Langlois (6 innings, 3 earned runs, 7 hits, 9 strikeouts, 8 walks) gave up two walks to load the bases, then delivered her second and third strikeouts to escape the jam.
The wind howled.
Torrington pitcher Ali Dubois (7 innings, 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 11 strikeouts, 1 walk) sailed through the top half of the second.
“That kid is tremendously impressive,” said Watertown coach Keith Borkowski.
The hurricane descended.
Red Raider Carissa Carbone (3-for-4, run) beat out an infield single. Alexis Tyrrell (3-for-5, 3 runs) lined a single to left.
Those were the only hits in the inning.
No more were needed. Four Indian errors and two walks blew in six runs, just two of them earned.
“We’re inconsistent defensively,” said Borkowski. “We’re very young. Thirteen of the 22 kids on the team are freshmen.”
At 6-0 in a wind promising an adventure with every fly ball, the game that followed seemed endless.
“I don’t like to blame other things, but I hate the wind,” said Dubois. “I’d be up at bat and think I was going to fall over.”
Nevertheless, Torrington (14-4) thrived while Watertown (11-8) suffered.
The Raiders leaped on two more Indian errors for another run in the third, then three more runs in the fifth on another pair of Watertown errors (the Indians finished with 8) and Dubois’ second RBI of the game, on a sacrifice fly, despite her balancing act in the batters’ box.
Carbone and Tyrrell swapped spots in the lineup a few games ago. Carbone moved down to No. 7; Tyrrell moved to the leadoff spot.
Monday, they were the big hitters for Torrington.
“When it gets later in the season, I start to hit,” said Carbone at No. 7. “I like the pressure of having people on base.”
Tyrrell would rather be lower for the same reason.
“I like the pressure,” she said.
Still, if it’s Tyrrell’s job to be on base for hitters like Carbone to move around, give her an A for Monday. In five trips to the plate, she was on base in four of them, scoring on three.
Watertown sophomore Kayla Fac (2-for-3) did the job for the Indians from the same spot. In her second infield hit of the day, in the top of the sixth, she blew to second on Torrington’s only error, third on Langlois’ bunt single and home on a ground-out by Jackie Baldoni.
Langlois scored on a wild pitch.
Then Dubois spat at the wind, striking out the final two Watertown batters in the sixth, along with two more in the seventh.
Torrington 10, Watertown 2
At Torrington High School
Watertown 000 002 0 – 2 5 8
Torrington 061 030 X – 10 7 1
WP: Ali Dubois. LP: Kaley Langlois.
Records: Watertown 11-8; Torrington 14-4.