BERLIN - The New Britain girls tennis team earned a win on its first match of the season, but wasnâ€™t entirely pleased with its overall effort.
The Hurricanes likely walked away from their second match of the season feeling a little bit better about themselves.
New Britain traveled to Berlin and earned a huge statement victory against the Redcoats, winning 5-2 thanks to a pair of comeback efforts from Audrey Belliveau in the fourth singles match and Layla Sahoobah and Tracy Asimbaya in the third doubles match.
JuJu Oliver and Jenny Ketkeoasmy started the Hurricanes off with a pair of singles wins, before Berlinâ€™s Grace Machata got the Redcoats on the board with a close victory over Claire Palin. Berlinâ€™s second doubles team of Tiana Hayek and Gabby Pattavina earned another win for the Redcoats, but the first doubles match went to New Britain thanks to Danya Alboslani and Yajaira Asimbaya.
New Britain 7, Wethersfield 2: The Hurricanes jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Eagles and never looked back, providing Josleen Rivera with all the run support she would need. Rivera carried a shutout into the seventh inning and finished with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits.
Makayla Masterson paced the offense with three hits and a pair of RBI, finishing the day 3-for-3 with a walk.
Newington 25, Rocky Hill 8: The Indians routed Rocky Hill through three innings and cruised to a 25-8 win on Wednesday. Newington held a 16-0 lead after three thanks to Rachel Thureson and Elisa Taylor, who each scored four runs on the day, while Taylor also drove in four. Cyan Gonzalez went 3-for-4 to lead the 12-hit attack.
The win moves the Indians to 2-0 on the season.
Goodwin Tech 16, Kaynor 11: It wasnâ€™t pretty in the field, but the Goodwin Tech bats did more than enough to mask the nine Gladiator errors in the teamâ€™s win over Kaynor, a 16-11 slugfest that saw Goodwin Tech score eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away.
Val Ramirez got the win on the mound and mashed a solo home run, while Soannie Arroyo had a monster day at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with two extra-base hits and 5 RBI. Aiyana Montes had three hits herself while driving in three runs.
Wethersfield 7, New Britain 3: The Hurricanes led 3-0 through the first four innings of play on Wednesday, but the Eaglesâ€™ bats awoke in a big way with a six-run sixth inning to earn a 7-3 comeback victory, as New Britain dropped its season opener.
Danniel Rivera took the loss on the mound, but ripped a pair of doubles in the losing effort.
Newington 7, Rocky Hill 2: Trailing 2-1, the Indians exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to secure a 7-2 win to start the new season.
Jack Kelley went the distance for Newington, striking out seven while walking just one, while helping himself with some run support by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI.
The Indians chipped away at the Wethersfield lead in the fourth, thanks to a triple that led to a sac fly by Jack Deijiloro, pulling Newington within one and setting up an explosive fifth inning.
A double off the base of the wall in the fifth by Zack Nackonechny highlighted the big rally for the Indians.
Southington 17, Hall 4: The Blue Knights were quiet in the middle innings but scored five in the first and 12 in the final two innings to rout Hall on Southingtonâ€™s first game action of the year. Andrew Paradis went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while J.T. Martin went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI to lead the offensive charge for the Blue Knights, who finished with 14 total hits as a group.
Newington 3, Conard 0: The defending Class M champs kept rolling to start the season, earning a 3-0 sweep of Conard on the road, though every set ended within four points or less (25-23, 25-21, 25-22).
Leonel Caceres set the table for the Indians by recording 23 assists and nine digs, while Luis Egbuna led the team with 10 kills.
Egbna also added eight digs, while Teddy Fravel and Mason Romano finished with seven and five kills, respectively. Romano also recorded two blocks to help Newington to a 3-0 start on the young season.