TORRINGTON >> Wolcott Tech’s baseball team continued a steady march up the ranks of the Constitution State Conference with a 17-4 win over Harding Tuesday afternoon at Wolcott Tech High School.
The Wildcats, 10-6, began the season 0-3. Since then, they’ve plowed through the 22-school league on a 10-3 tear, with one-run losses to Platt Tech and Bullard Havens; their only blowout loss to first-place Wilcox Tech (11-0); and a respectable non-league loss to Thomaston (11-3), currently the hottest team in the Berkshire League.
“At the beginning of the season, we made a lot of errors,” said Wildcat Coach Rene Williams. “We cut down on our errors and started hitting.”
Tuesday, Wolcott Tech was flawless in the field, delivering 14 runs in the first two innings on seven hits at bat.
The Presidents (3-12) were the ones beset with errors, though they, too, proved they could hit.
“One through five, we can hit,” said Coach Gary Diaz. “But credit them – they can hit.”
While a few Presidents sat out the first few innings for disciplinary reasons, Harding made five errors in those first two innings (8 overall), along with five walks and a hit batter.
Still, it takes more than that to score 14 runs. The Wildcats took advantage with their bats and their savvy on the basepaths.
Before they got started, Harding’s first five batters proved themselves.
Leadoff batter Josh Garcia (2-for-4, double, RBI, 2 runs) started the game with a line drive single. With two outs, Rafael Carrero hit an RBI single to left center field.
Tech center fielder Jimmy Lamanna made two well-hit balls look routine.
“He’s a great center fielder,” said Diaz.
Then the Wildcats went to work while Harding’s infield gave Diaz reason to envy defenders like Lamanna.
Wolcott Tech’s first inning began with an error and a walk. D.J. Reynolds (2-for-4, 4 RBI, run) drove in Lamanna (2 runs) with a groundout to second.
Clay Langer (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs) drew another walk; Paul Cisowsky (2 runs, RBI) drove in Levi Marsh (2-for-2, 3 walks, 3 runs) with a hit up the middle.
Matt Sokol and Schott Barlow followed with two more RBI singles.
At 4-0, it already looked like a long day for the Presidents.
Reynolds, the Wildcats’ starting pitcher shortened it with a three-up, three-down top of the second, including two of his four strikeouts in four innings of work.
The bottom of the inning was a long day in itself. It started with back-to-back walks with a wild pitch moving Lamanna and Marsh to second and third. Reynolds drove them in with a shot up the middle.
“We just come out every game and play the same game,” said Reynolds. “We practice a lot with fast pitching.”
Another error and RBI single by Langer changed Harding’s pitching from fast to slow enough to throw off a hitter’s timing.
Not to worry. A walk, hit batter and two more errors did much of the job.
With one out, Marsh did it for himself with a two-run double. Reynolds followed with his third RBI of the inning on a single up the middle.
When it was over, 10 runs were across on four hits, four errors, three walks and a hit batter.
Harding picked up two more runs in the top of the third on doubles by Garcia and Carrero and a hit by Will Figueroa. The Presidents got one more run in the top of the fifth on a triple by Luis Olivo and a groundout by Garcia.
Wolcott Tech capped it with three in the bottom of the inning on hits by Evan Jackson, Marsh and Langer, two Harding errors and a walk.
When it was over the only question left about Wolcott Tech baseball was, “Who says Wildcats don’t roar?”
Wolcott Tech 17, Harding 4
At Wolcott Tech High School
Harding 102 010 0 – 4 7 8
Wolcott Tech 4(10) 0 30 X – 17 10 0
WP: D.J. Reynolds. LP: Howard Stulz. 3B: H – Luis Oliva. 2B: H – Josh Garcia; Rafael Carrero. WT – Levi Marsh.
Records: Harding 3-12; Wolcott Tech 10-6.