NEW BRITAIN - It might only the second game of the season, but the New Britain softball team is showing it can win in a multitude of ways.
Fresh off a season opener in which the Hurricanes relied on their starting pitcher, Joseleen Rivera, to get the win last week, the team showed off its hitting ability in an 8-2 win over Tolland Monday afternoon.
Gabby Roy went 2-for-2 with a home run, while Cristina Velazquez and Gianna Gonzalez each doubled in the victory.
Roy is now 6-for-6 to start the season, while reaching base all eight times she has been up to the plate. New Britain finished its afternoon with 10 hits overall.
Of course, just because the Hurricanes got plenty of offense, didn’t mean Rivera didn’t have another strong outing from the pitching circle. She finished her day with nine strikeouts.
“She pitching an outstanding game today,” Hurricanes head coach Joel Simmone said.
Up just 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, New Britain scored twice in the frame to put a little more distance between itself and the Eagles and scored four more runs an inning later to put the game away.
Tolland managed to score twice in the top of the seventh.
South Windsor 6, Newington 2: The Indians are still looking for their first win of the season.
After Newington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, South Windsor’s Kayla Vaeco broke a 2-1 game open in the top of the fourth with a two-out triple.
But the Indians also had trouble hitting Maria Hanchuk, who struck out nine on the afternoon.
Cyan Gonzales was Newington’s leading hitter, finishing with a triple of her own, while also walking once and stealing two bases, one of which was home.
Wolcott Tech 16, Goodwin Tech 1 (5 innings): The Gladiators fell behind early and were never able to recover in their season opener thanks in part to the nine errors they committed.
Already down 7-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, Wolcott Tech scored nine runs to effectively end the game, which finish was called after Goodwin Tech batted in the top of the fifth.
Paola Barbosa was one of the few bright spots for the Gladiators, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
East Catholic 8, New Britain 4: The Hurricanes made every effort to come back against the Eagles, it just proved to a little too late in the end.
Down 8-1 heading into the top of the seventh, Danniel Rivera hit a three-run homer to pull New Britain within four runs.
That was as close as the Hurricanes got after giving up all eight runs over the second through fourth innings. It also didn’t help the amount of extra chances they gave East Catholic.
“We made four errors today,” New Britain head coach Roberto Mercado said. “That pretty much killed us, nothing really else to say.”
South Windsor 4, Newington 3 (8 innings): The Indians didn’t come away with the result they wanted, but that didn’t mean head coach Ben Alaimo wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort.
“Overall, I was happy with how well we played,” Alaimo said. “We didn’t play well in our season opener and today, we showed we can go toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the CCC, a team that went 17-3 last season and I think we did. We just made a few too many mental mistakes - missed a couple signs, lost a few balls in the sun - that cost us the game today.”
Newington certainly got quite the performance from Jack Kelley. The junior came through in one of the game’s biggest moments. Down 3-2 with two outs in the top of the seventh, Kelley hit an RBI double that scored pinch-runner Ryan Saindon.
Kelley was also the Indians starting pitcher and went four innings, giving up two hits. The three runs he surrendered in the bottom of the fourth was a result of a lost ball in the sun in right field.
New Britain 7, East Hartford 0: The Hurricanes picked up their first win of the season in easy fashion Monday afternoon.
Lela Shredlidze, Julitta Oliver, Jenny Ketkeorsmy and Claire Palin all earned singles wins for New Britain, while the pairings of Sarah Belal/ Yajaira Asimbaya, Danya Alboslani/ Zoe Hyres-Buley and Aubrianna Arvelo/ Audrey Belliveau swept their doubles matches.