MERIDEN - The New Britain baseball team opened up its season with a loss to Platt in walk-off fashion on Wednesday. The two teams traded runs in the first three innings and entered the fourth tied at four. The next three innings featured no runs for either side but the Panthers broke through in the bottom of the seventh and won the game despite only having four hits, compared to New Britain’s 13.
The Hurricanes did commit four errors in the losing effort which certainly did not aid the cause. Danniel Rivera took the loss for New Britain but did have a double and triple at the plate. Alex Silva added two doubles for the Hurricanes and William Homar tacked on two hits and two RBI.
New Britain will next play Goodwin Tech on Friday at CCSU at 3:45 p.m.
Newington 17, Middletown 8: The Newington baseball team had an offensive explosion in its season opener as it scored 13 runs in the second inning and finished with 17 runs total in a 17-8 victory over Middletown. The Indians were actually outhit 18-16 by the Dragons but Middletown committed four errors. Nate Torres and Cooper Johnson both hit home runs in the winning effort and combined for eight RBI. Jordan Blanchette picked up the win for Newington.
Southington 6, Windsor 5: The Southington baseball team won its season opener in exciting fashion as Matt Sciota hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded to take home the victory. The Blue Knights entered the seventh inning up 3-1 but Windsor scored four runs in the seventh to take a two-run lead. Southington answered with three in the bottom half to pull off the thrilling win. John Mikosz picked up the win for Southington and also hit two home runs in the contest.
Middletown 10, Newington 4: The Newington softball team started off the season with a loss as Middletown scored eight runs in the first two innings and it was never able to recover. The Indians played a clean game in the field, committing zero errors, but Middletown racked up 10 hits against Katerina Lagace who finished as the losing pitcher. Rachel Thureson was an offensive standout for the Indians in the loss as she finished 2-3 with a run scored.
Innovation 28, Vinal Tech 7: The Innovation softball team scored 15 runs in the third inning and scored in every inning as en route to a 28-7 season opening victory. The game was cut short after five innings due to the lack of competitiveness. Lianna Giles picked up the win for the Ravens but Imani Rosado was the star player as she hit two grand slams and totaled 10 RBI in the game.
New Britain 5, Rockville 2: The New Britain girls tennis team got its season off to a great start with a comfortable win over Rockville. Among the winners for the Hurricanes in the match were Celeste Gigliotti, Lera Shvelidze, Mirian Aguilar and Larisa Tabb in singles and Yajaira Asimyaya and Sarah Belal in doubles.
“It was a great match,” New Britain head coach Joe Canzanella said. “We have a fairly young team but we are going.”
Newington 4, Windsor 3: The Newington boys tennis team kicked off its season with a close 4-3 win over Windsor on Wednesday. Sheldin Cherivan and Josh Ellis won in singles for the Indians, while the teams of Sam Johnson and San Davis and Michael Chai and Grant Garcia won in doubles to help squeak out the win.
“We had a great start to the season,” head coach Don Lukowski said. “It was a close match but the boys played well. We have a lot of new players in new positions but they stepped up and I’m proud of them.”
Glastonbury 6, Berlin 1: The Berlin boys tennis team ran into a buzzsaw in its second match of the season on Wednesday as it was only able to pull out one of its seven matches against Glastonbury, a Class LL power. The one match the Redcoats were able to win was in first singles and that was done by Jon Trevathan who beat Dante Morgera for the second straight season in straight sets.
Avon 10, Berlin 9: The Berlin boys lacrosse team was able to keep it close against Avon in its season opener but was unable to pull out the win in the end. Goalkeeper Brenden Jaouen kept the Redcoats in the game with his 19 saves and head coach Scott Rossi also gave a shoutout to his defense for its effort in the game. Will Salwocki, T.J. Hebert and Peter Albert each scored two goals in the game while Mitch Fliss, Joe Pettinelli and Jack Lombardo added a goal apiece.
South Windsor 3, Newington 0: The Newington boys volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season in straight sets to South Windsor. The Bobcats had one outside hitter which the Indians struggled to contain throughout the match. Even in the losing effort though, Newington was not without its standouts. Zach Harmon led the team with eight kills and added six digs, while Evan Metzger led the team with 28 assists and Kevin Bilbraut had a team-high 15 digs.
University 236, Goodwin Tech 270: The Goodwin Tech boys golf team got its season off to a slow start with a loss. University’s Alex Murray was the medalist on the day as he shot a 57, while Goodwin Tech was paced by Hunter Holley who shot a 65.