BLOOMFIELD - After a rough start to the season that saw the New Britain baseball team begin 0-4, the Hurricanes are suddenly on the brink of securing a state tournament berth.
Danniel Rivera and Justin Adorno each went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as New Britain beat Bloomfield-Aerospace 10-0 in five innings on Wednesday to even its record at 7-7.
“We’ve done a good job of turning things around,” Hurricanes head coach Roberto Mercado said, whose team will have a chance to climb above the .500 mark when it takes on 13-1 Berlin Friday night at Beehive Stadium.
New Britain’s offense went to work early, scoring eight runs over the first three innings, including four in the first.
The Hurricanes also got a shutout effort on the mound from Daniel Costa. The junior allowed just one hit in five innings of work. He also struck out seven and walked one.
Newington 20, Bulkeley 0: The Indians made sure the Bulldogs remained winless on the season.
Sam Dionne went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and picked up the win on the mound, while Gunnar Johnson went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in three runs as well for Newington (11-3). Ethan Errera has had a double and RBI.
The Indians scored all 20 of their runs in the first four innings, including seven in the first and nine in the fourth.
Vinal Tech 8, Goodwin Tech 4: The Gladiators trailed by just two heading into the fifth inning on Wednesday, but a three-run fifth for Vinal Tech left Goodwin Tech still searching for its first win of the season.
Diajeh McCall went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the losing effort, while Chris Martinez picked up a multi-hit game of his own, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Martinez also got the start for the Gladiators, allowing three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, though the defense behind him committed three costly errors.
New Britain 35, Bloomfield 1: The Silva twins put on a show for the Hurricanes on Wednesday, combining for two home runs, 10 RBI and a win in the circle for Xandra Silva.
Liana Silva contributed five of the RBI off two hits, while Paola Martinez hit a home run herself and drove in a team-high six runs, as the Hurricanes scored 17 in the first and dominated the rest of the way.
Newington 24, Bulkeley 2: The Indians put on an offensive showcase against the Bulldogs at home.
Newington (9-4) collected 18 hits in the easy win with Rachel Thureson going 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored. Elisa Taylor and Maddy Ellis both went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Indians. Ellis also scored four times.
Amaia Jackson earned the win for Newington. Both of the runs she did let up were on a error in the fourth inning.
New Britain 7, Bloomfield 0: The Hurricanes picked up their fifth win in a row on the Wednesday, and their third by way of sweep as the team continues to take care of business as the postseason draws closer.
JuJu Oliver dominated first singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win, as did the first doubles team of Yajaira Asimbaya and Danya Alboslani. The second doubles team of Layla Sahoobah and Sarah Belal also cruised to victory, claiming a 6-1, 6-0 win over Rhonda Rodriguez and Nasia Wilson.
Newington 7, Bulkeley 0: The Indians (11-1) didn’t have much trouble against the Bulldogs.
Olivia Rozio, Emmy Petronio, Mara Klin and Abby Molloy all won their singles matches.
Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur and Samantha Miller and Kelly Iskra, meanwhile, won their doubles matches.
Newington 7, Bulkeley-HMTCA 0: The Indians’ win streak is now up to four after their sweep of Bulkeley.
Sean Davis, Matt Utter, Sam Johnson and Marc Pantano each won their singles matches 8-0, while the duos of Shihao Zhai and Zack Pantano, Ateeb Rahman and Luke Klin and Grant Garcia and Jake Cardines won their doubles matches.
Glastonbury 3, New Britain 0: The Hurricanes put together a highly competitive second set against a 10-win Glastonbury team, but fell 3-0 after picking up the program’s first-ever win just two days prior.
“I have no complaints,” head coach Michelle Abraham said. “They played great defensively.”
Jose Olmeda picked up 5 kills for New Britain, while sophomore Malakhia Torres led the team with six digs. Jerry Chungong dished out nine assists and was perfect from the service line in the losing effort.
Newington 3, Maloney 0: The Indians continue to roll through their regular-season schedule.
Alex DiPaola (15 assists), Leonel Caceres (7 kills), Mason Romano (6 kills) and Collin Liedke (6 digs) led Newington (16-1) to a sweep over the Spartans 25-9, 25-15, 25-23.
The Indians will now have an interesting final three matches before postseason play as they take on Glastonbury on Friday with two-time Massachusetts state champion Westfield and Southington, which is responsible for the team’s only loss this season, next week.
Northwest Catholic 160, Newington 188: The Indians are still trying to find their groove.
Justin Mathew was the medalist of the match for the Lions, who handed Newington its fourth loss out of its last five outings.
John Hurst (44), Mike Hamill (45), Jason Boghosian (46) and Kevin Russell (53) were the low scorers of the afternoon for Newington (3-6).
Berlin 18, Bristol Central 0: The Redcoats had 14 players find the back of the net.
Mark Bednarczyk, Marco and Dom Scarano and Mike DeMaio all recorded two goals for Berlin, while goaltender Sebby Fusco earned his fourth shutout of the season.