NEWINGTON - Kat Lagace continued her standout senior season as she led the Newington softball team to a win in its first-round game of the Class LL tournament against Enfield 6-1.
The right-hander went the complete game and struck out nine batters while only giving up four hits and one run.
The Indians had plenty of contributors on offense but Cyan Gonzalez and Rachel Thureson had the big hits. Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a team-high three RBI and Thureson tacked on a home run.
Next up for No. 12 seed Newington is a road date with fifth-seeded Stamford, who has lost just two games all season, today.
“Stamford is a pretty good team,” Newington head coach Steve Markie said. “They pretty much have an all-state starting pitcher so it should be a good game.”
No. 6 Southington 14, No. 27 New Canaan 2: The Blue Knights started off what they hope will be another deep run in the tournament with a dominating win over the Rams. Next up for Southington is No. 11 seed Darien who was even more dominant in its first-round game. The Blue Wave defeated New Britain by 23 runs. The game will be played at Southington this afternoon.
No. 15 Berlin 11, No. 18 Jonathan Law 1: The Redcoats scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Michelle Cohen allowed just one run in six innings and earned the win.
On offense Haley Hauptfeld went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBI. Emily Cooney went 4-4 with three runs scored.
Next up for Berlin is a road trip to take on Nonnewaug, who had a first-round bye after earning the No. 2 seed.
Head coach Jason Pires thinks his team has a “fighting chance” because of the level of competition it has played this season.
No. 11 Darien 27, No. 22 New Britain 4: The Hurricanes limped into the tournament and didn’t have a strong showing in their first-round game. New Britain finishes the season with an 11-9 record.
No. 8 East Hampton 15, No. 25 Goodwin Tech 0: The Gladiators finished the regular season on a tear just to get into the tournament after starting the year 1-9 but the good times ended against the Bellringers with a shutout loss. Goodwin Tech finishes the season 9-12.
No. 6 Goodwin Tech 15, No. 27 Vinal Tech 0: The Gladiators rolled to a first-round win on Tuesday as they pounded out 16 hits and allowed just one. Matt Dziarkowski pitched five innings and struck out three batters while allowing just the one hit. At the plate the senior had four hits of his own. Chris Ryan added three hits for Goodwin Tech.
Next up for the Gladiators will be another home game, this time against Rockville. The Rams squeaked past Stonington in the first round with a 2-1 win in eight innings.
No. 9 Southington, No. 24 West Haven: The Blue Knights used a four-run sixth inning to move on to the second round. Bailey Robarge picked up the win for Southington while the offense racked up 15 hits. Jon Gray had four of those hits as he went 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Matt Sciota also had a perfect afternoon at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Brandon Kohl was the final Blue Knight with multiple hits going 2-3 with an RBI.
Next up for Southington will be a home matchup against Fairfield Ludlowe. The No. 25 seed Falcons upset New Britain in the first round 6-5
No. 17 Berlin 5, No. 16 East Haven 2: The Redcoats went on the road and outplayed the Yellowjackets and will now be rewarded with a home game in the second round. Berlin is set to host 32nd seed Foran this afternoon after the Lions upset top-seeded East Lyme 8-4. Foran finished the regular season 7-13 and only qualified for the playoffs because it won a lottery over New London, but is now into the second round.
No. 17 Hamden 7, No. 16 Newington 0: The Indians had their season come to a close as it couldn’t muster any sort of offense against the Green Dragons’ starter Anthony Sitro. In total Newington had just three hits while Joey Zawisza took the loss. Hamden’s Mike Ferrett provided the offense as he hit two two-run home runs.
“There is only one team that doesn’t go home disappointed when you are in the state tournament and Hamden beat us,” Newington head coach Ben Alaimo said. “The message is just an appreciation to my senior class for everything they have done. Now the door is open for the under classmen to take their turn and leave a mark. We tip our cap to a good Hamden team but I’m proud of the year we had.”
No. 25 Fairfield Ludlowe 6, No. 8 New Britain 5: The Hurricanes had another excellent regular season, but for the second straight year were upset in the first round of the Class LL tournament. Last year fifth-seeded New Britain lost 2-1 to No. 28 seed NFA, this year it was another close game but the Falcons, who finished the regular season 10-10, were the team to pull off the shocker.
Newington 209, East Catholic 211: The Indians picked up their 12th win of the season despite not having the medalist in the match. Katelyn Jylkka of East Catholic shot a 45 to earn medalist honors, but Newington had three of the four next best scores. Jessica Pierzchalski shot a 47, Taylor Kelly shot a 51 and Chloe Bilodeau shot a 54.
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