WEST HARTFORD - The Newington baseball team needed a win on Monday to qualify for the state tournament, and after scoring a run in the top of the first, starting pitcher Mike Sobolewski made sure that would be all the run support they needed.
Sobolewski tossed a no-hitter through five innings as the Indians cruised to an 11-0 win over Hall, giving the team its coveted eighth win of the season. Sobolewski was masterful, striking out six in five innings while hanging a goose egg in the hit column.
“Mike has worked extremely hard to help us get ready,” head coach Ben Alaimo said. “He hasn’t been able to pitch much for us because we rely on him so much at SS, but he showed today he’s also a top pitcher.”
Ethan Errara rocked a two-run home run and had four RBI on the day to lead the Newington offense, which exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth to put the game away.
New Britain 8, Northwest Catholic 0: It was complete team effort for the Hurricanes. Rufino Santiago gave up a leadoff single and that was all the Lions were able to get off New Britain’s starting pitcher. Santiago finished with a complete-game shutout, while striking out two and walking just one batter. He also got plenty of help from his defense and his offense.
Michael Gajda drove in three runs, Danniel Rivera brought home two of his own and Melvin Rodriguez and Kevin Slisz finished with an RBI apiece as the Hurricanes moved to 4-6 on the season.
Southington 2, Wethersfield 1: Winning 2-1 in the sixth inning, Wethersfield sent home the would-be tying run from third, but a perfect relay throw home kept the Blue Knights ahead, and sent them to a thrilling victory.
Vincent Spizzoucco picked up the win on the mound, while Andrew Paradis and Jake Romano each went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Glastonbury 12, Newington 5 (8): The Indians scored a crucial run in the bottom of the seventh to send Monday’s game into extra innings, but the Tomahawks exploded with a seven-run eighth inning to eliminate any further drama.
Cyan Gonazlez and Maddy Ellis each had a double for Newington, and Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of steals in the losing effort.
E.O. Smith 1, Berlin 0: The Redcoats spent seven innings trying to figure out E.O. Smith starter Hailey Golenbiewski, but in the end, Berlin was shut out in a close 1-0 loss that saw the Redcoats fall short in clutch situations.
“It was a really well played game,” head coach Jason Pires said. “We just didn’t get the hits with runners in scoring position. We had our opportunities and didn’t take advantage of them.”
The Redcoats out-hit E.O. Smith 6-5, but couldn’t find the timely hit when it mattered most.
Wilcox Tech 16, Goodwin Tech 0 (5): The Gladiator bats were silent on Monday, as the team managed just two hits in a stellar start by Wilcox Tech’s Briana Brown.
Bianca Olivo and Tabetha Trammell were the only Goodwin Tech players to record a hit, while Wilcox Tech hung eight runs in the fifth inning to cut the blowout short.
Rocky Hill 185, Plainville 224: The Blue Devils dropped their first match of the season on Monday, as the Plainville squad had no answer for Rocky’s Hill’s Maggie Montalto, who claimed the match medal with a score of 40.
Jacob Deschaine led all Blue Devils with a 48, while Alan Nilson followed with a 55. Mike Melninkitis added a 58, and RJ Bradley rounded out Plainville’s top scorers with a 63.
Newington 239, New Britain 265: The Hurricanes boasted a medalist on Monday against Newington, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Indians.
Newington’s Leah Tofeldt tied New Britain’s Kendra Levesque with a match-best 54 to help hand New Britain its fifth loss of the season. The Hurricanes, still searching for their first win, were also led by Leah Gaffney, Morgan Giantonio and Paulina Zywno.
Berlin 211, Plainvile 241: Jessica Nappil’s medal-earning score of 48 led the Redcoats to their best team score of the year so far.
Berlin’s top four scorers all topped Plainville’s best, as Rachel Varley shot a 53, while Bridget McQuillan and Sydney Duke added a 55.
Newington 4, RHAM 3: After splitting the singles matches, Newington needed a big performance from its doubles pairings. They received just that from its second and third doubles teams to edge RHAM in a close 4-3 contest.
Ateeb Rahman and Luke Klin won a tight 7-5 set to give the Indians a huge win, and Jake Cardines and Marc Panatano sealed the win with a thrilling 7-6 win in their second set to push Newington over the .500 mark.
“It was a great match and a big win for us,” head coach Don Lukowski said. “The kids played their hearts out. The match could have gone either way, but the boys did a great job.”
Southington 7, Platt 0: The Blue Knights moved to 7-1 with an easy win over the Panthers on Monday, as three different singles players earned 6-0, 6-0 wins to lead the dominating effort.
Matt Balaoing, Andrew Kudla and Kyle Narowol all earned flawless wins for Southington, while the third doubles team of Mike Kwok and Ethan Sutton also won their match 6-0, 6-0 over Platt’s Nicholas Link and Josh Nhan.
Newington 7, E.O. Smith 0: The Indians kept on rolling on Monday, sweeping away E.O. Smith to move to 8-0 on the season.
Mara Klin dominated third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Courtney Schoetlein, while Abby Molloy claimed the fourth singles match by the same score. Newington’s first double team of Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur, and the third doubles team of Michelle Novikova and Dami Killanin won their matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
New Britain 4, East Catholic 3: The Hurricanes closed out a tight match on Monday thanks to their doubles groups, which claimed two of three matches in the winning effort.
Yajaira Asimbaya and Danya Alboslani won the first doubles match, while Layla Sahoobah and Sarah Belal claimed a thrilling 7-5, 5-7, 10-5 win in second doubles to keep New Britain in line for the victory.
Southington 6, Maloney 1: The Blue Knights rode a singles sweep to cruise past Maloney 6-1 on Monday afternoon. All four singles wins came in relatively convincing fashion.
Abby Murphy dominated first singles 6-1, 6-0, while Chantelle Gimenez and Riley Tindall won second and fourth singles by the same score. Joelle Stublarec won third singles 6-2, 6-2.
Bloomfield 3, New Britain 0: Caught in a tight battle for a crucial second set, the Hurricanes committed seven serving errors to fall 25-21 in an eventual sweep at the hands of Bloomfield.
“They were right there,” head coach Michelle Abraham said. “They just don’t know how to win yet. But it’s much better. If we eliminate the serving errors, we’ll be right there.”
Despite the errors from the back line, Oscar Carmona, Bryan Rodriguez and Ralph Zeliz all earned five service points apiece for New Britain.
Newington 3, Conard 0: After a close loss to undefeated Southington, the Indians bounced back with a sweep of Conard on Monday afternoon.
Leonel Caceres had 23 assists, while Jacob Baclawski led the team with eight kills. Louis Egbuna added seven kills in the team’s 12th win of the season.
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