ROCKY HILL - Joel Simmone couldn’t have been more pleased.
Not only has the New Britain softball team broken out of its midseason slump, the Hurricanes earned their first win over Rocky Hill during the head coach’s tenure on Wednesday.
“The confidence level is back,” Simmone said. “They walked off the bus like they were going to win that game.”
Josleen Rivera threw a complete game and New Britain scored six runs over a three-inning stretch to beat the Terriers 6-2 at Rocky Hill.
The senior pitcher struck out five and surrendered just four hits. Both of the Terriers’ runs were unearned, a product of two errors in the six inning.
“Josleen pitched an amazing game again,” Simmone said. “Other than that sixth inning, we played great defense. We had very good plate discipline today. This was a great win for the team.”
Newington 4, Wethersfield 3: The Indians help off a seventh-inning rally from the rival Eagles to earn their seventh win of the season.
Up 4-0 in the seventh, Newington surrendered three unearned runs off a double by Zoe Kleeblatt before Dani Pantano closed out her complete game.
Rachel Thuerson finished the day a home run shy of the cycle, she went 3-for-3 with a double and a triple. Cyan Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored, while Pantano finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.
New Britain 2, Rocky Hill 1: Chris Gibbs kept the Terriers hitters off balance and let his defense do the rest.
The Hurricanes’ sophomore threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up four hits and one run in the sixth to earn the win. He also struck out three.
“Gibby has gotten better as the season’s gone along,” New Britain head coach Roberto Mercado said. “He was throwing strikes and had some great defense behind him today. That’s the key to winning games, defense and throwing strikes.”
The Hurricanes (5-6) also got some timely hitting when needed. Nigel Crundwell drove in a run in the second inning as part of his 2-for-2 night at the plate. Other New Britain hitters that did well were Kevin Slisz, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk and Rufino Santiago, who came away with the game’s only extra base hit with a double.
Southington 4, Northwest Catholic 0: It didn’t matter was the Lions’ record was heading into the game against the Blue Knights. They weren’t able to do anything against Southington ace Jake Neuman.
The junior threw a complete-game shutout, while striking out 11 Northwest Catholic hitters. He allowed just one walk and one hit in the easy victory.
He also got plenty of help from his offense early. Southington (11-1) scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Blue Knights then added some insurance runs in the third and fifth.
Jake Romano finished 3-for-4 with an RBI for Southington. Jake Delmonte went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored and Kevin McIntyre collected two hits in four at bats as well.
Jon Heiden recorded the only extra-base hit for the Lions (2-10) with a double.
New Britain 210, Bristol Central 239: The Hurricanes are riding a four-game winning streak on the back of Brandon Carlina, who shot a career-best 46 on Wednesday afternoon to help New Britain top Bristol Central.
Carlina earned the match medal, while Manny Benitez shot a 54 for the Hurricanes. Arthur Bell and Dylan Washington each added a 55, as New Britain tallied four of the match’s top five scores on the day.
Berlin 164, Newington 184: The Redcoats continue to show they could be a team to contend with come state tournament time.
Jacob Linsday shot a 1-over 37 for Berlin (13-2) and was the medalist of the match. Paul Calafiore (42), Matt Czenepuszico (42) and Mike Lamorueux (43) rounded out the Redcoats’ scoring.
The Indians (2-4), meanwhile, had their lowest scorer of the day tied with Lamorueux. John Hurst shot a 43 for Newington with Mike Hamill (44), Brian Turgeon (47) and Kevin Russell (50) as the team’s other top finishers.
Newington 3, Wethersfield 0: Another match and another win for the Indians.
Behind a strong team effort, Newington (13-1) swept the Eagles (10-2), 25-19, 25-15, 25-21.
Leonel Caceres finished with 29 assists; Louis Egbuna, Jacob Baclawski and Mason Romano recorded 11, nine and seven kills respectively and kills; and Collin Liedke recorded seven digs for the Indians.
“Wethersfield gave us a good test, but we definitely responded,” Newington head coach Curt Burns said. “They’re a team we could see in both the CCC Tournament and the state tournament and hopefully we’ll be ready to go against them again if we see them.”
Southington 7, New Britain 0: It was a tough day for the Hurricanes and a positive one for the Blue Knights.
Matt Balaoing, Marek Kryzanski, Andrew Kudla and Kyle Narowol earned singles wins for Southington, while the duos of Kade Huang-Savino and Tyler Heidgerd, Adam Kosko and Ethan Sutton and Billy Wadolowski and D.J. Pestillo won the doubles matches.
Newington 7, Platt 0: The Indians cruised to their sixth win of the season behind some strong play from their entire starting lineup.
Sean Davis. Matt Utter, Videep Soni and Sam Johnson all collected singles wins for Newington (6-4), while the duos of Shihao Zhai and Zack Palanza; Ateeb Rahman and Luke Klin; and Grant Garcia and Marc Pantano won their doubles matches.
“The boys played well today,” Indians head coach Don Lukowski said. “I’m very happy with how we’re playing and we’re looking forward to playing some good matches next week.”
Glastonbury 5, Newington 2: The Indians suffered their first loss of the season after coming up on the wrong end of a pair of tie breakers in the second and third doubles matches.
Emmy Petronio, Newington’s No. 2 singles player, and Abby Molloy, the No. 4 singles player, earned the two for the Indians.
“They battled really tough against a very good Glastonbury squad,” Newington head coach Sean Hussey said of his team’s first loss of the season. “It came down to two tiebreaker sets.”