Sports Roundup: Vernacatola stellar in Berlin baseball's win over Platt in extras

Published on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:40


BERLIN - The Berlin baseball team was brought to extra innings by Platt in Monday’s game but it was able to score a run in the bottom of the eight to pick up win No. 9 on the season.

The Redcoats got an excellent performance from Matt Vernacatola in the win as he went all eight innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits while striking out six.

Berlin had just six hits in the game but a couple of them were big ones. Adam Willametz drove in the first Redcoats run with a triple in the sixth inning to tie the game. Cody Lacasse started off the bottom of the eighth with a double and came around to score after a couple of Platt to give Berlin the walk-off win.

New Britain 4, Middletown 0: Rufino Santiago threw a no-hitter for the Hurricanes in their 11th win of the season. Santiago allowed just two walks in the complete-game effort.

“He was excellent and was in complete control the entire game,” head coach Roberto Mercado said. “He got great defense behind him too and it was just a great game.”

Alex Silva went 2-3 and drove in all four runs for New Britain. Three of those times he drove in Will Homar.

Goodwin Tech 6, Kaynor Tech 2: The Gladiators picked up win No. 15 on the season despite a slow start. Goodwin Tech scored five runs in the final three innings to pull off the victory. Matt Dziarkowski and Paul Prior were the stars of the game. Dziarkowski picked up the win while going all seven inning and striking out seven. He also added two doubles at the plate. Prior went 3-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI.

Plainville 12, Farmington 4: The Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a win over the Indians. Nate Michalek, Rob Munson and Jordan Bishop each had two RBI in the victory. Jon Olson, Dylan Morrell and Dwight Burns each took the mound in the winning effort.


Newington 17, Wethersfield 2: The Indians pounded out 20 hits and took advantage of seven Wethersfield errors to pick up their 14th win of the season. Kat Lagace picked up another win and struck out 11 in her seven innings of work. At the plate the senior went 4-5 with two doubles and four RBI. Also of note offensively was Cyan Gonzalez who had two doubles and both Prachi Dave and Kinsey Delbuono went 3-4.

Middletown14, New Britain 4: The Hurricanes fell into a big hole early and were unable to climb out against the one-loss Dragons. Gianna Gonzales struggled with her control for New Britain so she was pulled in favor of Amanda Jacobs in the third inning. Jacobs went three and two-thirds innings and only gave up one run. Jamyra Irizarry and Paola Bronner each had doubles for New Britain in the losing effort.

Innovation 11, Goodwin Tech 8: In a battle of two local schools it was the Ravens that came out on top thanks to two big innings at the plate. Kat Mason hit a two-run double for Innovation in its six-run third inning. Steph Rovirosa added a double for the Ravens’ only other extra-base hit. Lianna Giles picked up the win and struck out a season-high nine batters. Paola Barbosa was a standout for the Gladiators as she led off the game with a home run.


Newington 160, Maloney 211: The Indians used a dominant effort to pick up their 13th win of the season. All four Newington golfers shot under 50 but it was Ben Weyman that was the medalist as he shot one under par (35). Max Turgeon and Noah Hedberg followed closely behind with a 39 and 40 respectively.

O’Brien Tech 169, Goodwin Tech 252: The Gladiators dropped another match in a rout. Hunter Holley and Josh Donaghy were the top scorers with a 59 each. O’Brien Tech’s Joe O’Toole was the medalist as he shot a 39.

Wethersfield 153, Plainville 217: The Blue Devils dropped their 10th match of the season to the undefeated Eagles. Wethersfield had the top four scores in the match with A.J. Sanzaro earning medalist honors with a 37. Zach Bartolini was Plainville’s top scorer as he shot a 42.

Middletown 196, New Britain 205: The Hurricanes had the medalist in their match against the Blue Dragons but did not have the depth to come out with the win. Kevin Merkle shot a 43 which was the top score of the day, but Middletown had the two next best scores. Also of note for New Britain was Tim Carrier who shot a 47.


Cheshire 199, Newington 213: The Indians dropped just their third match of the year on Monday afternoon. Jessica Pierzchalski had the top score for Newington with a 46, while Middletown had four of the top five scores including medalist Sophia Qui, who shot a 42.


Simsbury 5, Southington 2: The Blue Knights dropped Monday’s match against the Trojans. Erik Kryzanski was the only singles player to pull out a win for Southington and he did so in dominating fashion. The only other match the Blue Knights won was in third doubles were Marek Kryzasnki and Mike Loose also dominated.


Newington 3, Bulkeley 0: The Indians didn’t have much difficulty and swept the match with 25-20, 25-13 and 25-19 set scores. Zach Harmon (13 kills, eight digs), Andres Ithier-Vicenty (seven kills), Dan Ploutier (11 assists, three digs) and Leonel Caceras (five kills) led the way for Newington.

The victory now sets up an important match with Southington on Wednesday. Should the Indians win, it would give them a share of the CCC-South crown.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:40. Updated: Monday, 15 May 2017 22:42.