NEWINGTON - There wasnâ€™t much the Bristol Central baseball teamâ€™s hitters could do against Joey Zawisza.
The Newington pitcher struck out 11 batters to lead the Indians to a 5-1 win Wednesday afternoon.
â€śI definitely saw a different feeling from our guys after the last game we played even though we lost in extra innings and it carried over to today,â€ť said Newington head coach Ben Alaimo, whose team picked up its first win of the season. â€śWe hit today and our pitching staffâ€™s done a great job all year and Joey really put us on his back today.â€ť
In all, Zawisza allowed just three hits to the Rams over the course a seven-inning complete game. He also only gave up one walk in the process.
Itâ€™s the kind of performance Alaimo is used to from one of his best pitchers.
â€ś[Zawisza] was an all-conference pitcher his sophomore year, but broke his foot last season,â€ť the head coach said. â€śHeâ€™s really been working hard and waiting for his senior year. Heâ€™s demonstrating the kind of impact he can have.â€ť
While Zawisza went to work stifling Bristol Central, the Indiansâ€™ offense had a little bit more success against the Ramsâ€™ Alex Balfour.
Newington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the second inning and never looked back. Bristol Central scored its lone run in the seventh.
Ethan Errera finished his afternoon 3-for-3 with a double. All-Stater Cooper Johnson put on a show as well, going 3-for-4 at the plate with five stolen bases.
Johnson is just seven months removed from a torn ACL.
â€śHe put in a lot of work in the offseason to get ready,â€ť Alaimo said of Johnson.
Southington 5, Tolland 0: Jason Krar threw six-scoreless, no-hit innings to lead the Blue Knights to their second win of the season.
Krar also struck out five, while walking just one.
He also got plenty of help from his offense, which collected seven hits, four of which came from Jeremy Mercier and Brandon Kohl.
Mercier went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kohl, who is coming off a torn ACL from football season, went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Maloney 2, New Britain 1: It was a tough loss for the Hurricanes.
Just a half inning after Amada Jacobs tied the game for New Britain with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, the Spartans scored the winning run in the top of the seventh on an error.
The Hurricanes managed just four hits on the afternoon, despite getting another solid outing from Joseleen Rivera, who came away with the loss.
â€śShe has such command,â€ť Hurricanes head coach Joel Simmone said of Rivera. â€śItâ€™s really nice to have a pitcher like that, that can also field her position the way she does.
Windham Tech 10, Goodwin Tech 6: After a rough first inning in which the Gladiators surrendered six runs, Goodwin Tech settled in a made it a competitive game the rest of the way.
â€śAfter the first, the team played well,â€ť Gladiators head coach Paul Soucy said. â€śWe committed no errors in the last four innings of the game. But we had trouble putting hits together to score runs.â€ť
Teresa Lopez, Tabetha Trammell and Tiana Afanador each had two hits for Goodwin Tech. Trammell also had three RBI.
Soannie Arroyo picked up the loss, but tossed a complete game, her first.
â€śShe did really well for us,â€ť Soucy said.
Newington 7, Bristol Central 0: The Indians had little trouble dispatching the Rams.
While Newingtonâ€™s singles players lost just two games, it was the doubles teams that stole the spotlight.
Dan Lasota and Sam Johnson beat Mike Kaminski and David Gao 3-6, 6-1, 10-5, while Josh Ellis and Gynno Bacaoco beat Sunny Tep and Paul Kjornrattanawanich 7-5, 4-10, 13-11.
â€śI was very impressed with our doubles teams today,â€ť Indians head coach Don Lukowksi said. â€śThey stepped up and in the heat of competition, just the job done. We practiced really hard with the doubles on Monday and it paid off.â€ť
Southington 7, Enfield 0: The Blue Knights, at least in the early part of the season, appear to be a tough team for most going forward.
Abby Murphy, Coral Tommervik, Molly Murphy and Joelle Stublarec each won their singles matches for Southington.
Not to be outdone, the parings of Carolyn Callahan/Chantelle Gimenez, Emma Wojcicki/Kate Hardy and Madison Beaudoin/Samantha Barmore swept their doubles matches.
Middletown 254, New Britain 271: It was a solid showing for the Hurricanes in their season opener despite the loss.
Middletownâ€™s Logan Frame was the medalist of the match after shooting a 47.
New Britianâ€™s top scorers were Cate Kathline (55), Kiley Griffin (61), Kendra Lavesque (77), Leah Gaffney (78) and Morgan Giantonio (78).