Ame­nia uses late rally to top­ple Torrington

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Peter Wal­lace

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.

PHOTO BY PETER WAL­LACE

Torrington work­horse D.J. Reynolds pitched 7 1⁄3 in­nings in Torrington’s Con­nie Mack play­off loss to Ame­nia on Sun­day.

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