NEWINGTON - The Newington softball team found itself locked in a tight game against Rocky Hill on Thursday afternoon, but with its usual trusted starter in the game, the contest never threatened to slip away.
Dani Pantano shined in the circle once again for the Indians, allowing just one unearned run in the first inning as Newington cruised to its 10th win of the year with a 5-1 victory.
Pantano allowed just two hits on the day, while the Indians offense pounced on four Rocky Hill errors. Cyan Gonzalez reached base three times and smacked the lone double of the game, while Rachel Thureson drove in a pair of runs to lead the Newington offense.
Newington 9, Rocky Hill 3: The Indians had a big five-run fourth inning to pull ahead for a victory at Rocky Hill.
Gunnar Johnson was 2-for-3 with three RBI, Jordan Brunetti went 2-for-4 and winning pitcher Ethan Errera was 2-for-4 at the plate for Newington (14-4).
Nick Aderhold took the loss for Rocky Hill (6-12).
New Britain 7, Platt 0: The Hurricanes left no doubt on Thursday, sweeping away Platt for their 10th win of the season thanks to a number of dominant performances.
“I’m very proud of the way they came back and played very strong against a good Platt team,” head coach Joe Canzanella said.
JuJu Oliver set the tone for the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win in first singles, while the first doubles team of Yajaira Asimbaya and Danya Alboslani picked up a win by an identical score. Claire Palin battled through a tough first set in third singles to secure a 7-5 win before rolling to a 6-0 victory in the second set.
Wethersfield 6, Newington 1: Abby Molloy won a 6-1, 6-1 match at No. 4 singles for the only Indians victory of the afternoon. In doubles, the teams of Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur, and Michelle Novikova and Anusha Singh both went to third-set tiebreakers for Newington, while No. 2 doubles team Kelly Iskra and Sam Miller battled to a 7-6, 7-6 loss.
Southington wins 13th match: The Blue Knights (13-3) defeated Northwest Catholic, highlighted by a close, back-and-forth matchup in the No. 3 doubles pairing. Jillian Watson and Ali Bruce of Southington defeated Caroline Bennett and Nora Eckert 7-6 (4), 6-2 in a match that seesawed in the first set in which NW forced a set-ending tiebreak. Watson and Bruce jumped out to an early lead in the tiebreaker and never trailed again. After a 2-2 tie in the second, the tandem won the final four game to secure the win.
Also winning for the Knights were Abby Murphy (6-0, 6-0) over Elizabeth O’Neil and Riley Tindall (6-2, 6-1) over Kenzi Lee and the doubles team of Gianna Wadowski/Avery Korp (6-0, 6-0) over Taylor Griffith/Olivia Chappano.
Glastonbury 160, Hall 163, Newington 167: The Indians came up just short in Thursday’s tri-match, as the three teams finished within just seven strokes of each other in a hard-fought contest.
John Hurst earned a share of the match medal for Newington, but the team without a medalist came away with the win, as Glastonbury rode a balanced effort to victory.
Mike Hamill shot a 40 for the Indians, followed closely by Kevin Russell’s 43. Brian Turgeon rounded out Newington’s top finishers with a 46 on the afternoon.
O’Brien Tech 228, Goodwin Tech 268: The Gladiators had no answer for O’Brien Tech’s Garrett Burke on Thursday afternoon, as the match medalist shot a 41 to beat Goodwin Tech’s top scorer by 19 strokes.
Christian Molina finished atop the Gladiators leaderboard with a 60, while Xavier Irizarry chipped in a 67. Julien Stepien and Isaiah Martel finished the group’s top four with scores of 70 and 71, respectively.
New Britain 216, Platt 246: Led by co-medalists Arthur Bell and Brandon Carlina, each of whom shot a 52, the Hurricanes (8-3-1) captured their eighth win in their last nine matches to surpass last year’s win total of seven.
“It was a good way to finish up the week,” head coach Robert Zadrozny said. “We have a challenging stretch next week as we host Newington on Monday and travel to Bristol Central and Plainville. Hopefully the team will be ready for the challenge.”
Berlin 200, Farmington 228, Newington 232: The Redcoats have their sights set on a state tournament berth, and Thursday’s performance will likely go a long way in getting them to their goal.
Berlin posted a season-best score of 200 thanks to a 45 from medalist Bridget McQuillan, as the Redcoats bested Farmington and Newington in a tri-match at Timberlin.
Rachel Varley and Sydney Duke each shot a 48 for Berlin, both scores accounting for their best individual scores of the year.
“I’m extremely happy for the girls,” Berlin head coach Jim Barnes said. “They did a really nice job today.”
Leah Tofeldt and Tori Tolisano led the way for Newington, each recording a score of 54.
New Britain 77, Hartford Public 41: New Britain’s Raven-Symone Jarrett broke the school record in the high jump with a leap of 5-foot-4. She also won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Rozalynn Smith won the long and triple jumps and placed third in the 100 meters. Stella Ofei won the 200 meters and 400 meters and placed second in the 100 meters. Trenalise Maestri won the 800 meters.
The 4x100 meter relay team of Maestri, Jarrett, Smith and Ofei also placed first. Nayari Moore, Isyss Timmons, Kimberly Beslanga and Maestri won the 4x400 meter relay.