Sports Roundup: New Britain baseball can't get bats going, falls to South Windsor in second round of Class LL state tournament

Published on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:18
Written by TYLER ROAIX

@TylerRoaix

SOUTH WINDSOR - The New Britain baseball team’s season came to an unfortunate end Wednesday afternoon.

The Hurricanes fell to South Windsor in a close game 4-1 in the second round of the Class LL state tournament.

William Nowak picked up the win for the Bobcats, while Ruffino Santiago got the loss for New Britain.

The loss brings the careers of Will Homar, Kevin Rodriguez, Josh Garcia, Guillermo Burgos, Francisco Alvarado and Jordan Quinn.

New Britain head coach Roberto Mercado was bittersweet of the careers ending for his six seniors.

"It just sucks to lose those guys because they are a huge part of our team," Mercado said. "They've done a great job setting an example for the younger. But now they're all college-bound and I'm proud of them for taking the next step to higher-education."

Mercado was happy about his team's effort, saying "we didn't beat ourselves. They just beat us. Have to give them credit."

Mercado highlighted South Windsor's defensive play, making it hard for the Hurricanes to get hits through the holes.

The Hurricanes finish the year at 14-8 despite struggling early in the season.

"I'm proud of our guys and the fight they showed all year," Mercado said.

Bacon Academy 9, Goodwin Tech 1: The Gladiators could never get it going against Bacon Academy.

Nick Tiziani had a strong start for the Bobcats, giving up no earned runs and just four hits in five innings on the mound. Tiziani improves his record to 6-0 on the season.

Anthony DeCosta had the lone double for Goodwin Tech, while five Bobcats had extra base hits.

Chris Ryan pitched a complete game for the Gladiators, striking out three batters.

"Chris Ryan pitched well today," Goodwin Tech head coach Joe Granja said. "The two errors hurt us and we didn't get the key hit we needed to. But overall, I'm happy with how we did this season."

The Bobcats advance to the quarterfinals of the Class L Tournament for the first time since 2011.

Amity 12, Newington 5: The Indians just could not stop the Amity offense.

The Spartans used an eight-run fourth inning to help power the offense. Sebastian Formica got the scoring going with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Cooper Johnson was a bright spot for the Newington offense, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning.

"We had a terrific season with 15 wins as division champions," Newington head coach Ben Alaimo said. "Our kids should definitely hold themselves high."

Newington will lose seven seniors to graduation.

"I'm very proud of our senior group," Alaimo said. "They'll leave a positive legacy at Newington. It's hard to see them go, but today was the day to say goodbye."

Fairfield Prep 4, Southington 1: The Blue Knights had a tough time against the number one seed as their season comes to an end.

Southington managed just three hits, while also committing three errors.

Fairfield Prep used a three-run fifth inning as the difference.

The Blue Knights close out the season at 13-9.

North Haven 10, Berlin 6: The Redcoats season comes to a close in the second round of the Class L state tournament. Berlin finishes the season at 13-9 overall.

East Catholic 7, Plainville 0: The Blue Devils were shut out in the second round of the Class M state Tournament. Plainville finishes the year 8-14 and have just four seniors graduating.

GIRLS GOLF

The Indians had a strong showing at the CCC Girls Golf Championship, coming in fifth place out of 16 schools.

Newington finished with a team score of 362, led by Chloe Bilodeau's 88, which was a tie for 10th place individually.

Berlin's Jackie Cooper also finished with an 88. The Redcoats finished in seventh place with a score of 394.

New Britain and Plainville rounded out the field, coming in 15th and 16th place, respectively. The Hurricanes finished with a 480, while the Blue Devils shot a 525.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Southington 3, Shelton 0: The Blue Knights swept the opening round of the Class L state tournament. They will take on East Hartford in the second round Friday night.

BOYS LACROSSE

East Lyme 13, Berlin 7: The fourth-seeded Redcoats were upset in the opening round of the Class M State Tournament. Berlin finishes the year 14-4.

GIRLS TRACK

The New Britain girls track team is sending two underclassmen to the State Open.

Rozalynn Smith won the triple jump with 34 feet, 7 inches, while Raven Symone Jarrett Smith finished fifth in the 300 meter hurdles.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Goodwin Tech, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:18. Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2018 21:20.