BERLIN - It was tough for Jim Barnes to contain his excitement.
Not only did the Berlin girls golf team beat its season-best round by 10 strokes, the Redcoats did it over rival Newington.
Bridget McQuillan shot a match-best 45 for Berlin, who topped the Indians 201-226 Monday at Timberlin Golf Course.
“This was a critical match,” the Berlin head coach said. “Since we’re in the same conference as Newington, this goes a long way in deciding who is going to win the conference. It was a big result and that 201 score gets us back into the state competition. We’re heading the right way.”
All four of the Redcoats’ top four golfers finished in the top five. Sydney Duke placed third with a 50, while Rachel Varley (53) and Morgan Jones (53) tied for fourth with Newington’s Tori Tolisano.
‘This was a very pleasant surprise,” Barnes said. “Bridget, our senior captain, had been struggling a little bit, but she played really well today. For Morgan Jones, this was the first varsity match she scored in and she played really well. This was a really good score for her.”
Madison Massaro-Cook was the Indians’ low scorer with a 47. Leah Tofeldt (54) and Shea Devanney (72) rounded out Newington’s top four.
The win now puts Berlin at 6-2 on the season, while the Indians fall to 4-4.
Middletown 193, New Britain 239: The Hurricanes’ five match winning streak is over after Monday’s loss to Middletown, as the Blue Dragons’ top two scorers of Noah Blake and Nick Turner each logged a 47 in the winning effort.
New Britain was led by Arthur Bell’s 53, while Brandon Carlina added a 55. Manny Benitez finished with a 65 on the day, and Dylan Washington recorded a 66. Middletown’s top four scorers all finished with 53 or lower to stay undefeated on the season.
Grasso Tech 257, Goodwin Tech 262: Alec Rugh and Reese Cote each shot a 55 to help Grasso Tech take down Goodwin Tech on Monday afternoon.
Rugh and Cote each bested the Gladiators’ top score of 64, posted by Xavier Irizarry, Nathan Berube and Julian Stepien. Ethan Torres rounded out Goodwin Tech’s top finishers with a 70.
New Britain 22, Bulkeley 3 (5): Things didn’t start out ideally for the Hurricanes, falling behind 3-1 in the bottom of the first as the Bulldogs batted around against New Britain starter Xandra Silva, but Josleen Rivera came on in relief and helped send the Hurricanes to the state tournament.
“I wasn’t a happy camper in the first inning,” head coach Joel Simmone said. “But the bottom line is, we made the state tournament.”
New Britain exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning while Rivera struck out 11 of the 12 batters she faced to give the Hurricanes their eighth win of the season, clinching a state tournament berth for the sixth year in a row. New Britain pounded out 17 hits, including three from Paola Martinez and and Liana Silva.
Goodwin Tech 22, Cheney Tech 5 (5): Like New Britain, Goodwin Tech found itself in an early hole on Monday before exploding for a big inning, scoring 11 in the second inning en route to a 22-5 rout.
After a rocky first inning in which she surrendered three runs, starting pitcher Soannie Arroyo settled in to secure her first win of the season.
Bianca Olivo helped the offense with three hits and three RBI, as two of her hits went for triples. Izzi Hancock had three hits and three RBI herself, while Aiyana Montes drove in four runs on three hits.
New Britain 10, Bulkeley 0 (5): The Hurricanes jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, cruising to a 10-0 win behind the arm of starting pitcher Nate Kumm, who struck out four and allowed just three hits in the winning effort.
“He did a great job throwing strikes for us,” head coach Roberto Mercado said.
Nigel Crundwell went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI and two runs scores, while Michael Gajda recorded the lone extra base hit, ripping a double.
Newington 12, Maloney 2 (6): A two-run single by Gunnar Johnson sent everyone home early on Monday afternoon, as the Indians claimed their 10th win of the season over Maloney in six innings.
Johnson finished with two hits, including a double, and 3 RBI, while Ethan Errera smacked a home run and finished with 3 RBI of his own. Jon Tyne led all Newington batters with 4 RBI.
“It was good to see all three phases being put together today,” head coach Ben Alaimo said. “We took advantage of some of their mistakes and had some timely hitting, with several RBI with two outs.”
Jack Kelley went the distance on the mound, striking out eight and allowing just three hits.
Southington 12, Simsbury 2 (6): Jake Neuman put on a show in the Blue Knights’ latest win, driving in six runs on two hits in a 12-2 rout of Simsbury on Monday.
Southington plated six runs in the sixth inning to end the contest early, securing a win for starting pitcher Vince Spizzoucco, who was also helped by a 3-for-4 day from Kevin McIntyre.
New Britain 7, Bulkeley 0: The Hurricanes tweaked their lineup for Monday’s match, but the outcome remained the same, as New Britain swept Bulkeley for its fourth win in a row.
JuJu Oliver dominated first singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win, as did Karina Aguilar in third singles. Sisters Yajaira and Tracy Asimbaya teamed up in first doubles for a 6-0, 6-0 victory, while Yajaira’s usual partner Danya Alboslani won second doubles with Vikki Wasik by an identical score.
Newington 6, Windsor 1: The Indians seized their 10th win of the season in convincing fashion on Monday, handling Windsor 6-1 thanks to six match wins after falling in first singles.
Olivia Rozio lost a tough 7-6, 6-4 match in first singles, but Newington picked up its teammate from there, as Abby Molloy cruised in fourth singles 6-1, 6-0, and the first and third doubles teams of Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur, as well as Anusha Singh and Michelle Novikova both won by scores of 6-0, 6-0.
Southington 4, Simsbury 3: The Blue Knights found themselves staring at a 3-2 deficit with two matches left to play, and their last two doubles teams made sure Southington completed the comeback.
The second doubles team of Avery Korp and Avery Halloran won a close 7-5 set before finishing off Ellie McElroy and Kate Sloan 6-3, while the fourth doubles team of Jillian Watson and Ali Bruce won 6-1, 6-2.
Abby Murphy won easily in first singles 6-2, 6-1, to qualify for the state tournament held in June.
Newington 7, Windsor 0: The Indians routed Windsor on Monday for the team’s third straight win, and second by way of a 7-0 sweep.
Matt Utter cruised through second singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win, as did Jake Cardines in fourth singles. Lucas Klin and Ateeb Rahman received a tougher test in second doubles, but the duo came away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Southington 7, Simsbury 0: It was another easy match for the Blue Knights.
Matt Balaoing, Marek Kryzanski, Kyle Narowol and Tyler Heidgerd each earned singles wins for Southington. Kryzansk and Narowol both won their sets 6-0, 6-0.
The duos of Mike Kwok and Jacob Sutton, Adam Kosko and Ethan Sutton and Vatsa Sheh and Billy Wadolowski all swept the doubles matches.
Newington 3, Farmington 2: After dropping the opening set, the Indians fought back and claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over Farmington on Monday, thanks to a tight 15-12 win in the decisive fifth set.
Leonel Caceres had 49 assists for Newington, while Louis Egbuna finished with a double-double, logging 18 kills and 12 digs. Mason Romano was strong on the front line as well, recording 12 kills and nine blocks to improve the Indians’ record to 15-1.
Notre Dame-West Haven 10, Berlin 5: The Redcoats entered Monday’s game with home field advantage, but Notre Dame exited as the better team.
The Green Knights doubled up Berlin 10-5, handing the Redcoats their fourth loss of the season, and second in their last three games.