WINDSOR LOCKS - The Newington softball team celebrated the start of a new season in grand style. Literally.
McKenna Deluca smashed a sixth-inning grand slam to turn a narrow one-run lead into a five-run cushion, which Newington needed every bit of in its 14-13 win over Windsor Locks.
The Indians pounded out six extra base hits in their season opener, including the dramatic slam by Deluca.
Deluca finished 2-for-4 with 4 RBI and three runs scored, while Amanda Akerley ripped a pair of doubles to pace her three-hit day. She drove in two runs to keep the scoring going for Newington.
Hannah Farr went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI for Windsor Locks, which fell to 1-1 on the early season.
Farmington 7, Berlin 4: A late-game collapse doomed the Redcoats in their season opener, as four errors in the seventh inning turned into five Farmington runs, as Berlin fell 7-4 after entering the final frame with a two-run lead.
Lindsay Walsh highlighted the offense for Berlin, smashing a triple that helped the Redcoats jump out to an early 3-1 lead before the defense faltered in the seventh.
Newington 3, Hall 0: The Indians took care of Hall easily on Monday night, earning a three-set sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-12) by winning each set by at least eight points.
The defending Class M champs have now won six sets in a row after taking three straight from Cheshire on Saturday in the Indians’ season opener.
Leonel Cacaras shined for Newington with 21 assists and six digs, while Teddy Fravel, Louis Egbuna and Jacob Vaclowski recorded 24 combined kills, with Fravel leading the way with nine.
Farmington 3, New Britain 0: In the first-ever boys volleyball game for New Britain, the Hurricanes dropped three straight sets (25-7, 25-11, 25-16) to Farmington, but steadily improved as the match wore on.
After dropping the first set by 18 points, New Britain dropped the second set by 14 before coming within nine in the final set of the night. Anthony Olmeda anchored the front row for the Hurricanes, who will play their first home match on Wednesday night.
Farmington 7, Berlin 4
Farmington 000 101 5 - 7 7 1
Berlin 100 021 0 - 4 10 5
W-A.Mihalek (F). L-Stefanie Poulin (B).
3B-Lindsay Walsh (B).
Records: Farmington 1-0, Berlin 0-1.
Newington 14, Windsor Locks 13
At Windsor Locks
Newington 202 215 2 -14 14 4
Windsor Locks 141 133 0 -13 13 6
W - Dani Pantano (N). L - Emily Tarko (WL).
2B - Amanda Akerley (N) 2, Cyan Gonzalez (N), Hannah Demarco (N), Angie Jones (WL), Megan Riley (WL).
3B - Rachel Thureson (N)
HR - McKenna Deluca (N)
Records: Newington 1-0, Windsor Locks 1-1.