New Britain softball brings hot bats to Manchester, rolls to easy win

Published on Monday, 10 April 2017 22:44
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MANCHESTER - It was another good game for the New Britain softball team’s bat.

The Hurricanes collected 18 hits en route to a 13-3 win over Manchester Monday afternoon.

“Usually, it’s a slow start for us,” New Britain head coach Joel Simmone said. “Whenever we play away it seems [our players not ready to go. We put three runs up on the board in the first and our pitcher threw strikes and let the defense do the work.”

Offensively, Gabby Roy led the way for the Hurricanes. The junior shortstop went 4-for-5 at the plate, including a home run, and drove in four runs. Her teammate, Jamyra Irizarry added a triple and another; Idaris Andujar went 3-for-5.

“Defensively, she was unbelievable,” Simmone said of Roy. “She had three diving catches, an unassisted double play and she scored three runs. She had a great day.”

As the offense kept the runs coming, New Britain’s starting pitcher Gianna Gonzales earned the win to help the team reach the 2-1 mark, record wise.

Berlin 13, Rockville 1: The Redcoats were down in sunny Disney, FL and the warm weather certainly had some positive results. Berlin scored nine of its runs over the first three innings thanks in large part to all-stater Vanessa Reimer. The senior went 3-for-4 with a double, grand slam, six RBI, three stolen bases and three runs scored.

The win went to Redcoats starter Michelle Cohen, who went seven innings and surrendered one run on six hits. Rockville’s lone run came in the sixth inning while Berlin’s four other runs happened in the seventh.

Goodwin Tech 17, Vinal Tech 12: The Gladiators started off the game strong. Goodwin Tech put up 10 runs over its first two innings, including eight in the second and never looked back, although the team added seven more runs over the next two innings for good measure. Paola Barbosa and Valerie Ramirez both went 2-for-4 with a double for the Gladiators. Barbosa also added a home run and drove in two, while Ramirez drove home a run of her own and picked up the win from the pitching circle.

Innovation 17, Capital Prep 15: If not for its offense, it might have ended as a loss for Innovation. While the team scored 17 runs, it also committed eight errors in the field, which put quite a bit of pressure on starting pitcher Lianna Giles. In the end though, Giles earned the win after throwing a complete game to help the Ravens improve to 2-0 on the season.

Offensively, Lucy Rodriguez and Stephanie Rovirosa were key Innovation performers. Both collected two hits and drove in three runs.

Xianey Mercado was one of the highlights on that shaky defense when she made what would be a game-saving catch in right field in the fifth inning for the Ravens.


Southington 7, E.O. Smith 0: The Blue Knights cruised to an easy win over E.O. Smith and the three runs the team scored in the bottom of the first turned out to be plenty. Jon Gray and Jake Babon each went 2-for-3 with a double for Southington, while teammate Brandon Kohl hit a two-run home run. Ryan Sheehan picked up the win.

Goodwin Tech 23, Vinal Tech 4: The Gladiators earned its first win of the season and made a big statement doing do. Tommy Hughes earned the win for Goodwin Tech and plenty of offense to rely on. The Gladiators scored five or more runs in four innings all while allowing Vinal Tech to score one run every other time it was at bat.

Paul Prior went 5-or-5 at the plate, including two triples, and added three RBI. Dave Plourde added another triple and Matt Dziarkowski hit a home run to round out the team’s extra base hits.


Cheshire 3, Newington 1: It was a tough match for the Indians down at Cheshire. After Newington dropped the first two sets, it managed to win a close third set 25-23, but could not carry the momentum over and were dropped 25-17 in the final set.

“They’re a very good team,” Indians head coach Curt Burns said. “They’re undefeated right now for a reason. We do have a rematch with them in late May and we’re looking forward to the rematch.”

Andres Ithier-Vicenty had 16 kills for Newington with Kevin Bilbraut recording 21 digs, Dan Cloutier finishing with 17 assists and 10 digs in his first varsity match and Vinh Dau recording 7 kills, 10 digs.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington on Monday, 10 April 2017 22:44. Updated: Monday, 10 April 2017 22:47.