Sports Roundup: Bilinski, Fanelli lead Berlin baseball to fifth straight win in rout of East Catholic

Published on Thursday, 25 April 2019 20:53


BERLIN - The Berlin baseball team’s first three games of its current five-game winning streak were each won by just one run. After a 7-6 win over Sheehan on Tuesday, assistant coach Frank Naples said he’d prefer to win in a less stressful fashion.

Naples and head coach Leo Veleas had their wish granted on Thursday afternoon.

The Redcoats pounded East Catholic in a 12-0 shutout, marking the second straight game that Berlin has won by at least 10 runs.

Adam Bilinksy tossed five shutout innings while Gianni Fanelli shined at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three steals and three RBI in the blowout win. Shortstop Dan Veleas added two hits and 2 RBI, as did Vince Dastoli.

Southington 13, New Britain 0: The Blue Knights’ winning streak reached four on Thursday afternoon thanks to a brilliant performance by Ryan Henderson, who stymied the Hurricanes lineup en route to a two-hit shutout.

While Henderson shut down New Britain, the Southington bats jumped on Daniel Costa, scoring seven runs in the first three innings to spark the blowout.

Jake Neuman scorched a triple for the Blue Knights, while James McIntyre had a double and a triple of his own, as Southington pounded out five extra base hits.


Wilbur Cross 2, New Britain 1: The Hurricanes’ bats have gone suddenly quiet over the past four games, culminating in a shocking 2-1 loss to Wilbur Cross on Wednesday.

“I started coaching in 1985,” head coach Joel Simmone said. “This was the worst loss I’ve ever been a part of coaching in my career.”

After starting out the season 4-1, New Britain has been held to just one run in each of the last four games, all losing efforts. The Hurricanes have struck out 40 times over the past three games.

“We’re not making adjustments at the plate,” Simmone said.

Liana Silva had a double for New Britain.


Newington 5, Berlin 2: After a 6-1 loss to Southington in their last match, the Indians rebounded to put together a solid performance and take down the Redcoats.

Matt Utter lost in No. 1 singles for Newington to Berlin’s Jon Trevethan.

“It was a great match,” Newington head coach Don Lukowski said. “I was very pleased with the boys. They gave us a fine effort. I want to congratulate Jon Trevethan, he had a great match.”

The Indians swept the rest of the singles matches, including a thrilling victory by Sam Johnson, who beat John Addamo 15-13 in an epic tiebreaker.

Southington 6, E.O. Smith 1: After Matt Balaoing lost a grueling 10-9 tiebreaker in No. 1 singles, the Blue Knights picked up their teammate and won every match the rest of the way in a 6-1 victory over E.O. Smith.

In No. 3 singles, Andrew Kudla reversed Southington’s fortunes and won a thrilling 10-8 tiebreaker over Kenny Wu, while Kyle Narowol finished off the singles matches with an easy 6-0, 6-0 win.

In doubles, Tyler Heidgerd and Jacob Sutton cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Paul Isaac and Jeff Roy.


Newington 5, Northwest Catholic 2: The Indians are still undefeated after claiming three sets by tiebreaker.

“Overall, it was a really good team win against a strong opponent in Northwest Catholic,” head coach Sean Hussey said. “I’m very pleased with us pulling out a lot of tiebreak matches.”

The tiebreakers began right away, as Olivia Rosio won a 10-7 in a decisive set in first singles. Abby Molloy won one of her own in fourth singles, beating Kenzi Lee 3-6, 6-4, 10-2.

In doubles, Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur won 6-0, 1-6, 10-7 to claim another close victory for Newington, which is now 6-0.


New Britain 220, Bloomfield 260: The Hurricanes have their first winning streak of the season after a convincing win over Bloomfield. Arthur Bell finished the day with a 51 and the medal for the match, posting a score 11 strokes better than Bloomfield’s top finisher.

“This was a good way for the guys to finish up the week picking up another victory,” head coach Robert Zadrozny said. “They played respectably on a different nine holes than we normally play there.”

Dylan Washington finished just behind Bell with a score of 52, while Manny Benitez shot a 58.

Newington 177, Windsor 234: The Indians earned their second win in a row thanks to John Hurst, who led all golfers with a 41 in the medal-earning performance.

Mike Hamill added a 44 for Newington, while Jason Boghosin followed close behind with a 45. Kevin Russell rounded out the Indians’ top finishers with a 47, after earning the medal in the team’s last match against Wethersfield.

Plainville 202, Bristol Eastern 215: The Blue Devils are still undefeated thanks to Jacob Deschaine, who shot a match-best 44.

“It was a nice team win,” head coach Brendan King said.

Alan Nilson finished in second for Plainville with a 47, while Mike Melninkaitis shot a 52. Kyle Badorek added a 59 in the winning effort.

Goodwin Tech 259, Vinal Tech 274: After an 0-2 start, the Gladiators have won three in a row after their win over Vinal on Wednesday. Xavier Irizarry and Julien Stepien each finished with a 62 to share the match medal.

Christian Molina finished with a 65 for Goodwin Tech, while Eric Meskimen closed with a 70.


Southington 3, Newington 2: In a battle of undefeated squads, Thursday’s match between Southington and Newington lived up to the hype.

After the Indians took a 2-0 lead, the Blue Knights stormed back to take the next three sets and win 3-2 on the road, handing the defending state champs their first loss of the season.

Zack Morgan had 43 assists for Southington, while Leonel Caceres recorded 49 for Newington. Tim Walsh led the Blue Knights with 23 kills, while Mason Romano had 16 for the Indians.

The anticipated rematch will be in May at Southington.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Goodwin Tech, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Thursday, 25 April 2019 20:53. Updated: Thursday, 25 April 2019 21:00.