TORRINGTON  - After a lightning-fast start, the Oakville American Legion Post 195 senior baseball team has hit a July skid.

In the first week of the seventh month, the defending Zone V champions traveled a stretch bumpier (but less rattling) than Bunker Hill Road as they lost four of six games, leaving them looking up at Washington in the Northern Division standings.

A 5-2 loss to divisional rival Torrington on Monday night at Fuessenich Park, their second straight setback,  left the 195ers with a 10-7 record, good enough for second place, but 2.5 games behind Washington, which has won both meetings between the teams.

The teams face each other two more times, with both games at Shepaug High School’s Ted Alex Field, with the first showdown scheduled for July 9. 

That might not be a bad thing for Oakville, which, at 7-1 owned the best road record in the zone.

Winning on their Taft School home field has been a different matter, as the locals are a frustrating 3-6 after a 7-5 loss to Bethel on July 7.

A 5-4 loss to Washington on July 5 was the finale of a disappointing 2-3 homestand; the next evening, Oakville went to Brookfield High School to face Danbury guessed it, came out on top, 6-2 behind the combined pitching efforts of Robert Johnson and Sam Williams.

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