Amenia uses late rally to topple Torrington
AMENIA, NY » Top seed Amenia came back from a six-run deficit to beat No 4 Torrington 7-6 in eight innings in the second round of the Northwest Connie Mack League championship playoffs at Doc Bartlett Field in Amenia Sunday evening.
Torrington (7-12), one of just two teams to beat 12-2-1 Amenia in the regular season, looked like a going-away winner in the single elimination game for two-and-a-half innings, posting two runs in the second and four more in the top of the third, with all seven of their hits for the game.
With two walks and a hit by Jimmy Lamana (2-for-4) in the second inning, a wild pitch pushed Bryhon Carr across for the first run. A sacrifice fly by Sam Lavoie brought Lamana in for the second.
Next inning, Torrington connected for five hits, by Scott Barlow, Riley Shreders (RBI), Marcus Bloom (RBI), Lamana and Mason Condriet (RBI) for a 6-0 bulge that seemed to push the game out of reach early. Amenia had other plans. Ethan Loundsbury took over in relief, allowing just one more Torrington hit for the rest of the game.
“We were just trying to string hits together for the rest of the game,” said Loundsbury.
Starting in the bottom of the third, after two hits in the first, the string hit 14 by the end of the game. Chris Reed was 3-for-4, with an RBI and two runs scored; Chris Mi-
lano was 2-for-4, two runs scored; Colby Dunlop, 3-for-3, 4 RBI and Eddie Ferratti, 2-for-3, with the winning RBI.
It counted for three runs in the third inning, three more in the fifth and one more for the win in the seventh.
“We’re a family,” said Zach Elwood, who started the bottom of the eighth with a triple to the right center field fence.
“To tell you the truth, I was going for a walk-off homer,” he laughed.
The walk-off honor went to Ferratti, ninth in the order, beating out his second infield single of the game while Elwood raced home.
“This team never ceases to amaze me,” said Coach Chris Milano Sr.
“It was two pitchers throwing strikes,” said Torrington Coach Scott Tucciarone.
Amenia now plays New Milford in a best-of-three championship series beginning Tuesday at Amenia.
Torrington workhorse D.J. Reynolds pitched 7 1⁄3 innings in Torrington’s Connie Mack playoff loss to Amenia on Sunday.