NEWINGTON - In a back-and-forth game, it was the fielding or lack thereof that proved to be the difference.
The Newington baseball team committed nine errors on the afternoon and the Berlin baseball team scored three runs in the seventh inning as the Redcoats took the 7-4 win.
“The errors were inexplicable,” Indians head coach Ben Alaimo said. “We made more errors today than on the season combined. It was the first time on our field, our first home game. I think some of the weather wreaked some havoc on our defensive preparation.”
Berlin took an early lead with a two-run second inning. But Newington soon came back, scoring three unanswered runs over the next three innings. The Redcoats scored twice in the sixth before the Indians answered in the bottom of the frame to tie the game heading into the top of the seventh.
Matt Vernacatola went 2-for-4 for Berlin with a double, while Jay Vereneau went 2-for-4 with two doubles for Newington.
‘The pitching was good, the offense was good, the defense just didn’t do enough,” Alaimo said. “You need all three phases to win.”
Southington 9, Avon 0: It was a good day at the plate and on the mound for the Blue Knights. Jeremy Mercier went 2-for-2 with three RBI, while Jonathan Mikosz went five innings and gave up just two hits. Matt Sciota, Brayden Cooney and Ryan McIntyre also contributed doubles for Southington.
New Britain 5, Maloney 4: The Hurricanes need a walk off and got exactly that from Josh Garcia in the bottom of the seventh. New Britain was up 4-1 before Maloney tied the game in the sixth. Danniel Rivera pitched the final two innings to earn the win. The Hurricanes’ next game will be Monday night at Beehive Field against Enfield.
Innovation 19, PSA 4 (5 innings): The Ravens continue to roll, picking up their ninth win of the season. Imani Rosado collected four hits in the win and Lianna Giles earned her ninth win from the circle. Innovation is now one win away from matching its combined win total from the past two seasons.
Berlin 18, Windsor 1: The Redcoats made it look easy. After 10 first-half goals, Berlin scored another eight in the second half. Pete Albert (3), Mitch Fliss (3), Joe Pettinelli (3), Mark Bednarczyk (3), Tyler Ralph, T.J. Hebert, Will Salwozki, Jack Lombardo, Nick Grant and Neil Tight all scored for the Redcoats.
Southington 7, Bulkeley/HMTCA 0: It was a clean sweep for Southington as the Blue Knights did not drop a set. Matt and Mike Balaoing, Nate Zmarlicki and Dan Pestillo were all singles winners for Southington, while the doubles teams of Jon Kryzanski and Kevin Chudy; Mike Listro and Sam Johnson; and Mike Loose and Turner Rodman won as well.
Fitch 5, Newington 2: Sean Davis was the lone singles winner for the Indians, while the doubles team of Ateeb Rahman and Daniel Lasota also captured wins.
New Britain 4, Maloney 3: Celeste Gigliotti, Lela Shvelivze, Miran Aguiar and Larissa Tabb won singles matches for the Hurricanes.
Manchester 222, New Britain 228: Monika Mocarska was the medalist of the match despite the close loss.