NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain baseball team continues its solid string of play in the early part of the season. The Hurricanes defeated the Wilbur Cross 3-1 for their fourth win in five games.
New Britain struggled offensively early on but broke through in the fifth inning when it scored all three runs. Will Homar had the big hit in the frame as he drove in two with a double. Danniel Rivera added a double of his own as the Hurricanes were held to just five hits.
Ruffino Santiago did the job on the mound for New Britain as he threw a complete-game two-hitter. Both of the hits against the right-hander came in the first inning but he stranded them and finished with six strikeouts while allowing just one unearned run.
Bristol Central 3, Plainville 1: The Plainville baseball team struggled with the bats on Thursday afternoon and fell to Bristol Central as a result. It wasn’t until the Blue Devils batted in the eighth that they finally got on the board as Dylan Morrell drove in Brady Callahan. Plainville had just four hits in the game from four different individuals.
On the mound Jordan Bishop was solid as he went five innings and allowed just two runs. He did allow seven hits and three walks but was able to work out of several jams to keep the game within striking distance.
Goodwin Tech 20, Capital Prep 0: The Goodwin Tech baseball team won its third straight game in convincing fashion against Capital Prep. The Gladiators scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings and cruised to the victory. Keith Selander had a huge game as he earned the win while striking out nine batters in five innings, but he also contributed at the dish by going 3-3 with two RBI. David Plourde was also notable for Goodwin Tech as he went 2-3 with an RBI.
New Britain 22, Hillhouse 1: The Hurricanes continue to swing hot bats as they used back-to-back-to-back big innings starting in the second to jump all over Hillhouse and cruise to a win. Leading the charge on offense was Jamyra Irizarry, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and home run and Amanda Jacobs, who also went 3-for-4 with a home run. She also drove in four runs. Gianna Gonzales once again collected the win for New Britain and held Hillhouse to just one run and one hit on the night.
Newington 9, Conard 1: The Newington softball team continued its solid start to the season with a comfortable 9-1 win over Conard. The Indians scored a run in every inning except for the second and racked up 13 hits. Kat Laface was a standout as she was the winning pitcher and also added two hits and two RBI at the place. Lindsey Mangiafico also had two hits and two RBI, while Kacey Blais added a double among her two hits.
Berlin 10, Bristol Central 3: The Berlin softball team scored at least one run in all six of its innings and was victorious over Bristol Central. The Redcoats entered the fifth inning up 6-0 but the Rams got on the board with two runs. Berlin responded with three runs of its own to quell any sort of comeback attempt. Vanessa Reimer hit two home runs in the game, while Alexa Lanteri hit one homer among five extra-base hits for the Redcoats. Michelle Cohen picked up the win for Berlin, the team’s third straight to start the season.
Innovation 19, Goodwin Tech 1: The Ravens just can’t seem to lose. Innovation rolled through Goodwin Tech on Thursday to the tone of 19 runs for (on just six hits) to just one run against. Lianna Giles was the winning pitcher and the Raven took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Katria Tirado recorded the Gladiators lone hit of the game. Innovation is now 4-0, while Goodwin Tech drops to 1-3.
Newington 3, Enfield 0: The Indians showed they can compete with the best teams no matter the division. Newington took on Enfield - ranked at the top of Class L at 4-0 coming in - on its home court and came away with the clean sweep, beating the Eagles 25-19, 25-21 and 26-24.
“We played well,” Indians head coach Curt Burns. “It was a tough week against the top of Class L with Enfield tonight and Cheshire earlier in the week, but we split.”
Andres Ithier-Vicenty (19 kills, two aces), Nick Sherman (six kills, seven digs), Evan Metzger (34 assists, 12 assists) and Kevin Bilbraut (18 digs) were standouts for Newington.
New Britain 176, Middletown 184: The Hurricanes may not have come away with the best individual score against Middletown, but they came away with the best overall team score to earn their first win of the season. The Blue Dragons’ Logan Frame shot a 38, the low of the day. For New Britain, Ava Morell (41), Natalie Brewer (42), Fierra Crisco (46) and Monika Mocarska (47) were the top placers.