Sports Roundup: Mercado earns 100th win as New Britain baseball beats Tolland

Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 21:13


TOLLAND - The New Britain baseball team made sure to get a jumpstart on Tolland early. After all, the Hurricanes had a milestone to secure for their head coach Roberto Mercado.

Rufino Santiago threw 5 2/3 strong innings and New Britain scored two first-inning runs to beat the Eagles 3-1 Wednesday to earn Mercado his 100th win as head coach.

The Hurricanes added an insurance run in the top of the fifth. Tolland’s only run of the game came in the fourth.

Justin Adorno and Kevin Slisz each finished with an RBI, while Danniel Rivera and Yan Hernandez each had two hits in the game for New Britain, which is now 3-5 on the season.

Enfield 7, Newington 4: During Newington’s five-game winning streak, pitching and defense had been at the forefront of every win. Flawless games in the field kept the team in every game, but it failed them on Wednesday.

The Indians committed four errors in the loss to Enfield, as the Eagles pounced for four runs in the first inning to deny Newington its sixth straight win.

“We had won five in a row, and our pitching, defense and offense have all clicked throughout that stretch,” head coach Ben Alaimo said. “Today, our defense may have let us down a little bit.”

Gunnar Johnson didn’t let the Indians down, slugging a pair of two-run homers to account for all of Newington’s offense, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the uncharacteristic performance in the field.

“At this point in a season, sometimes a loss is what you need to keep focus and teach the lessons you need to learn for later in the season and in the tournament,” Alaimo said. “We’ll have a short memory and get back to work and try to have all three phases clicking again.

Berlin 11, Northwest Catholic 1: Mark Addamo received all the run support he would need by the second inning on Wednesday afternoon, as the Redcoats bats pounded out four runs in the bottom of the second to set the tone for the rout of Northwest Catholic.

Berlin, winners of four in a row, received two RBI apiece from Ryan Hyde, Paul D’Amore and Gianni Fanelli. Hyde and D’Amore each contributed a double as well, while Nick Melville also stroked a two-bagger for the surging Redcoats, who are back in action tomorrow afternoon against East Catholic.

Southington 5, Bristol Eastern 3: Jake Neuman pitched a beauty for the Blue Knights on Wednesday, bailing his defense out of five errors in a 5-3 win over Bristol Eastern. Neuman allowed zero earned runs and struck out 11 Lancers in the complete game performance.

Neuman also gave himself some help at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jack Meade went 2-for-4 as well with two runs scored. Andrew Paradis and Jake DelMonte each recorded a double to help the Blue Knights to their eighth win of the season.


Berlin 7, Conard 2: It was the Stefanie Poulin show on Wednesday afternoon, as the pitcher went the distance and allowed just two runs, while enjoying a 3-for-3 day at the plate with three RBI in a Redcoats win.

Berlin led just 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, but pushed across five runs in the fifth and sixth to pull away for the victory. Casey Uryga added two hits in four at-bats, while scoring twice for the Redcoats.

Goodwin Tech 29, Ellis Tech 13: Val Ramirez has been on a tear, and it continued into Wednesday afternoon, helping Goodwin Tech secure a state tournament berth.

Ramirez once again earned the win in the circle and went 5-for-5 at the place with a triple and two RBI in the Gladiators’ thumping of Ellis Tech.

Soannie Arroyo joined in on the offensive barrage with three hits and five RBI, while Bianca Olivo went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs to get Goodwin Tech its coveted eighth win of the season.


Hall 203, New Britain 274: The Hurricanes are still searching for their first win of the season, as none of their golfers could catch up to Hall’s Sarah DeSanto on Wednesday afternoon.

DeSanto shot a 43, 17 strokes ahead of New Britain’s top finisher, to secure the victory for the Warriors. The Hurricanes were led by Kendra Levesque, who finished with a 60 on the day. Leah Gaffney finished with a 69, while Paulina Zywno shot a 72 to round out New Britain’s top three.

Farmington 203, Berlin 225: Mia Grzywinski shot just three strokes over par on Wednesday afternoon, leading Farmington to a win over Berlin, which dropped its first match of the season.

The Redcoats’ top scorers were Rachel Varley (53) and Jessica Nappi (54), who continued to show positive strides in the losing effort.

“I was really pleased with the improvement in Rachel and Jessica,” Berlin head coach Jim Barnes said. “Their scores are headed in the right direction.”

Bridget Mcquillan shot a 58 for the Redcoats, while Jenna Smalley finished the day with a 60.

Northwest Catholic 197, Plainville 236: Northwest Catholic maintained its perfect record on Wednesday thanks to Keagan Oftop, who shot a 45 and earned the medal in Wednesday’s match. Oftop helped deliver Plainville its third loss of the season in as many matches.

The Blue Devils were led by Julia Smith, who finished with a 56 on the day. Haylie Garrison added a 58, while Alexia Sirois came in close behind with a 59.


New Britain 4, Windsor 3: The Golden Hurricanes got a pair of big performances, and victories, from Sebby Tarasiuk and Adam Gottner in a team victory at home Tuesday afternoon. New Britain improves to 2-3 with the win.


Farmington 7, Southington 0: In a battle of undefeated squads, the Indians handled the Blue Knights, though a number of matches came down to the wire.

Matt Balaoing battled into a tiebreaker in first singles for Southington, while Kade Savino did the same in fourth singles. Kyle Narowol battled in third singles but lost a close match to Som Sedigh 6-2, 7-6.


New Britain 6, Windsor 1: The Hurricanes dropped the first match of the day but quickly gathered themselves to take the next six and avoid a losing streak, as New Britain downed Windsor 6-1 to get back in the win column.

“We rebounded off of yesterday’s defeat,” head coach Joe Canzanella said. “That shows me something about the courage of this team.”

Audrey Belliveau earned a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win in third singles, while Canzanella’s top doubles pair of Yajaira Asimbaya and Danya Alboslani shut down Emily Poglitich and Vanessa Cartez 6-0,6-0. The Hurricanes’ third doubles pair of Kiara Matias and Tracy Asimbaya also earned a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Newington 7, Platt 0: The Indians continued their hot streak on Wednesday, sweeping Platt 7-0 for the team’s second sweep in as many matches.

Newington, now 5-0 on the season, dominated in almost every match, earning 6-0, 6-0 match scores in four out of the seven matches. Mara Klin and Abby Malloy were flawless in their singles victories, while the first doubles team of Olivia Rozio and Julia Misner, as well as the third doubles team of Anusha Singh and Michelle Novacova, also didn’t lose a set in the lopsided victory.

Farmington 4, Southington 3: The Blue Knights claimed the first two doubles matches of the day, but the Indians rallied in singles to claim a close 4-3 match on Wednesday afternoon.

Kate Hardy and Isa Miani won the first doubles match by a score of 6-1, 6-1, while Gianna Wadowski and Avery Korp claimed second doubles by a score of 6-3, 6-4.

Abby Murphy started Southington off right with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win in first singles, but Farmington settled in from there and handed the Blue Knights their first loss of the season.


East Hartford 3, New Britain 0: The Hurricanes ran into a buzz saw in East Hartford on Wednesday, who won all three sets convincingly (25-11, 25-9, 25-10) to send New Britain home still searching for its first win of the year.

“We struggled all night long,” head coach Michelle Abraham said. “They had some really good players. They’re an upperclassmen-heavy team, and we took the brunt of it.”

The win was East Hartford’s second in a row, both by 3-0 sweeps.

Newington 3, Simsbury 0: Another match, another win for the Indians, who are rolling into a key matchup with unbeaten Southington tomorrow evening.

Newington once again recorded a sweep of its opponent for the eighth time in 11 matches, and never had a set in doubt on Wednesday.

Leonel Caceres led the Indians with 26 assists, and recorded four aces from the service line. Louis Eguna recorded a team-high 10 kills, while Mason Romano and Jacob Baclawski each finished with six kills.

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