Sports Roundup: Rivera shines again as New Britain softball edges Wethersfield in extra innings

Published on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:59


WETHERSFIELD - Once again, Josleen Rivera came to the rescue for the New Britain softball team.

After coming on in relief in Monday’s win to strike out 12 of the 13 batters she faced, Rivera twirled a beauty, once again striking out 12 batters and keeping the Hurricanes alive in a 1-0 win over Wethersfield that was decided in the eighth inning.

Rivera outdueled Eagles starting pitcher Molly Bowers, who held New Britain to just three hits before the Hurricanes pushed across a run on an error in the top of the eighth.

After struggling through a four-game losing streak, New Britain has now won five in a row.

Goodwin Tech 27, Prince Tech 7 (4): A 12-run third inning helped the Gladiators end things early on Tuesday, as Goodwin Tech combined to score 20 runs in the second and third innings after Prince Tech jumped out to an early 5-0 lead.

Soannie Arroyo earned the win in the circle, while Aiyana Montes went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBI to lead the overwhelming offensive attack. Katria Tirado chipped in two hits and four RBI as well.

Goodwin Tech 20, Grasso 0 (4): The Gladiators completed a double header sweep by routing Grasso in a 20-0 blowout, finishing the day by outscoring their two opponents 47-7.

Val Ramirez twirled four hitless innings, earning her first no-hitter of the year while adding two hits and two RBI at the plate. Thalia Rosado went 2-for-2 with an RBI for a Goodwin Tech team that is now ranked seventh in the Class S state standings.

Southington 12, Fitch 3: Chrissy Marotto led off Tuesday’s game with a home run over the fence in left center field, and the Blue Knights never looked back.

A five-run fifth inning sparked a 12-3 rout to help Southington to improve to 10-2 on the season. Marotto finished with three hits in as many at-bats, while scoring a team-high four runs.


New Britain 221, Bristol Eastern 230: After suffering their first loss in almost a month on Monday, the Hurricanes bounced back to take down the Lancers on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a balanced effort from New Britain’s four golfers.

Eastern claimed the match medalist thanks to a 47 from Drew Fries, but all four Hurricanes golfers shot below 60 to get the win. Arthur Bell led the way with a 52, while Brandon Carlina, Manny Benitez and Dylan Washington finished with scores of 54, 56 and 59, respectively.


Conard 220, Berlin 226: The Redcoats have experienced the ultimate highs and lows in a matter of 24 hours.

After beating Newington on Monday and posting its best team score of the season, Berlin fell to Katie Simpson and Conard on Wednesday, as Simpson dazzled with a score of 41.

“That’s golf,” head coach Jim Barnes said. “Some days it works out and other days you struggle. We certainly struggled today, but I’m sure we’ll pick it back up.”

Rachel Varley led all Redcoats scorers with a 54, while Morgan Jones and Jessica Nappi followed close behind with scores of 55 and 56, respectively. Sydney Duke rounded out Berlin’s top four with a 61 on the day.


Avon 5, Southington 2: The Blue Knights received a pair of wins in doubles on Tuesday, but Avon came to Southington and swept all four singles matches to cruise to a 5-2 victory.

The lone wins for the Blue Knights were the second doubles team of Adam Kosko and Kyle Narowol, as well as the third doubles tandem of Jacob Sutton and Tyler Heidgerd. Southington almost made it a doubles sweep, but the first doubles pair of Nate Zmarlicki and Mike Kwok lost a 10-2 tiebreaker set to Jack Hogan and Ian Stapleton.


Middletown 92, Berlin 58: Alex Halkias shined in Tuesday’s meet for Berlin, walking away as a triple winner and setting a personal best in the long jump, though his Redcoats eventually fell to Middletown.

Halkias claimed the 100m, 200m and the long jump, where he recorded a jump of 21 feet, 1 inch. Tyler Dinkins also enjoyed a strong day, winning the high jump with a recording a 5 feet, 10 inches in his first meet back from an injury.


Berlin 91, Middletown 59: The Redcoats are still perfect on the season thanks to a quartet of double winners in Tuesday’s meet against Middletown.

Sophia Dombrowski won the 100 and 300m hurdles, while Juliana Cancelleri claimed the 1600m and 3200m. Noelle Konior took home the 100m and 200m, and Patricia Mroczkowski finished in first place in the long jump and high jump.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Goodwin Tech, New Britain, Southington on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:59. Updated: Tuesday, 7 May 2019 21:01.