WEST HARTFORD - It took a little while, but the Newington baseball team found its offense right when it needed to Tuesday afternoon.
The Indians scored 12 runs over the final four innings, including eight in the fifth, to beat Hall 12-3 in a game that decided who remained undefeated in the early going and who would come out with its first loss.
In total, seven Newington players - Cooper Johnson, Ethan Errera Joey Zawisza, Jay Vereneau, Christian Colon, Nick Fallicchio - hit doubles. Johnson also drove in three RBI, going 2-for-5 at the plate.
While it took a while for the Indians to find their offense, Zawisza kept the team in the game on the mound. The junior tossed six innings, allowing three run. He also struck out seven to only one walk.
New Britain 4, Northwest Catholic 3, 8 innings: It took extra innings, but New Britain came out with the win in the end. Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Hurricanes began their rally with two runs in the bottom of the frame. They would go on to tie it up in the bottom of seventh on a Jamyra Irizarry triple. Amanda Jacobs brought home the winning run to end the game. She ended the night with two hits and reached base five times.
As good as Jacobs was at the plate and in the field at third base, the Hurricanes would not have had a chance to win had it not been for Gianna Gonzales. The junior threw 112 pitches in all eight innings. Out of the three runs she let up, two were unearned.
Avon 222, New Britain 223: It was a tough match in terms of the final result for the Hurricanes, but it was still a victory in other ways. Last season, New Britain lost its match to the Falcons by 24 shots. This time around it was by only one.
“They have that extra year of experience,” head coach Rich Condon said of the difference in his players between that match and this one. “The girls played quite a bit last summer, which helped a lot. They have good senior leadership. I’m proud of them.”
Avon’s Katie O’Brien was the medalist with a 51, but the Hurricanes weren’t far behind. Ava Morell shot a team-best 52 with Natalie Brewer (55) and Sierra Prisco (55) not far behind. Monika Mocarska (61) and Kiley Griffin (66) rounded out New Britain’s scores.
Cheshire 210, Newington 215, Plainville 276: It was a mixed bag of results for the local teams. Newington finished just five strokes back with Jessica Pierzchalski (48), Taylor Kelly (51) and Chloe Bilodeau (54) as its top scorers. While the Indians fell short against Cheshire, as a team they finished 18 shots better than they had in their first match last week.
Plainville, on the other hand, is still looking to come into its own. Haylie Garrison (65), Arianna Payne (66) and Faith Healey (66) where the team’s best finishers.
Berlin 216, Middletown 230: Berlin started off its season with a win over Middletown on its home course. Head coach Jim Barnes didn’t think his team played as well as it could have but it was good enough to get the win. Jackie Cooper was a co-medalist for the Redcoats in the match with Middletown’s Logan Frame. Also of note for Berlin were Alena Kittleman and Bridget McQuillan, who both shot 52’s.
“It was good to finally get the first match under way,” Barnes said. “We could have played better but we have a whole season ahead of us to do that.”
Classical Magnet 236, Goodwin Tech 251: Goodwin Tech fell to Classical Magnet on Tuesday at Keney Park Golf Course. The top three scorers for the Gladiators were Hunter Holley (57), Josh Donaghy (61) and Logan Stine (64).
Newington 3, Lewis Mills 1: Despite dropping the first set 28-30, the Indians rallied to take the next three. Leading the way for Newington was Andres Ithier-Vicenty (23 kills, 10 digs), Evan Metzger (44 assists, 10 digs), Kevin Bilbraut (24 digs) and Nate Alleyne (6 kills, 5 blocks).
New Britain 7, Bulkeley 0: New Britain put forth a dominant effort against Bulkeley on Tuesday and improved to 3-0 with the shutout win. The Hurricanes lost just 10 games as a team in the match and seven of those came in first singles where Celeste Gigliotti won 6-4-6-3. Number two singles and number three singles, Miriam Aguliar and Lela Shrelivze, each won without losing a single game.
New Britain 7, Bulkeley 0: New Britain got its season off to a solid start with a shutout win over Bulkeley. The four singles players for the Hurricanes were Travis Brown, Branden Khongey, Ali Saleh and Pablo Castellanos and all four were notable to coach Joe Vaverchak.
TRACK AND FIELD
Newington 78, Plainville 72: The Indians took a close meet against Plainville on Tuesday. One of the standouts from the meet for the Indians was C.J. Caldwell who won in two separate events, the 100 meter and the 200 meter. Although the Blue Devils lost, they still had some winners. John Sliwka was a double-winner in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles, while Nick Costantini, Cole McNamara, Colin Martin and Jason Mills all won an event each.
Berlin 86, Rocky Hill 62: It was a fairly successful day for the Redcoats. Individually, Berlin had three people win more than one event. Dan Labbadia was the top one, finishing first in the shot put, discus and javelin. Matt Leddy was first in the high and long jumps. Finally Mitch Maslowski was the top finisher in the both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Overall, Labbadia qualified for states in the javelin, while Leddy qualified in both jumps.