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Seymour can’t muster enough offense against Torrington

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The last two NVL championship games have featured Seymour and Torrington, with the Wildcats winning the 2012 title and the Red Raiders taking last year’s crown.
They met for the first time this year on Friday, and ace left-hander Sydney Matzko pitched the Red Raiders to a 6-1 victory on the road.
“She’s probably the best pitcher in the state. Her leadership with the girls is absolutely outstanding,” coach Maryaan Musselman said after Matzko struck out 11 and allowed only two hits.
Knowing there would be few scoring chances against the southpaw, Seymour was aggressive on the bases. It used a pair of Katie Petroski stolen bases in the third to push across its lone run.
“She’s fantastic,” Petroski said of Matzko. “It’s difficult to get our offense going on a pitcher like this. They had some timely hitting, and we didn’t.
“In a game like this, you need everything you can get.”
After driving in a team-high 45 runs last season, Petroski is being counted on heavily this year. She reached base twice in three at-bats out of the cleanup spot on Friday.
Petroski is very quick,” Seymour coach Ken Pereiras said. “That’s going to be a big part of our offense — get her on base and steal bases … and make things happen.”
If all goes as planned for Seymour this year, it could face Torrington again in the NVL playoffs. The Wildcats just have to hope that the ending’s different.
“We were right in the game. Then things fell apart,” Pereiras said. “They hit some balls in the gaps. … They’re a good team.”
Aside from losing the game, Seymour also had to play much of the day without third baseman Cassie Rosetti. The sophomore injured her finger on a swing.
“I guess the ball hit her in the finger. Her finger was all swelled up,” Pereiras said. “It looked pretty bad.”

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