Sports Roundup: Pantano, Jackson combine for perfect game as Newington softball beats Hartford Public

Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:57


NEWINGTON - If the Newington softball team was to describe its win over Hartford Public on Wednesday using one word, they would like say it was perfect.

Dani Pantano and Amaia Jackson combined to throw a perfect game as the Indians disposed of the Owls 16-0 in five innings. Newington used a six-run third and a seven-run fourth to pull away and let Pantano and Jackson work their magic.

Pantano went four flawless innings and Jackson closed the door, while Hannah DeMarco shined at the plate with a home run and a triple.

Maddy Ellis went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Indians, while Rachel Thureson enjoyed a perfect day herself at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

Berlin 4, Middletown 3: Heading into the seventh inning trailing by two, the Redcoats had just three outs to make a miraculous comeback.

They wouldn’t need any of those outs.

Berlin stormed back in the bottom of the seventh to tally four hits and load the bases for Callie Gendron, who smashed a game-winning two-run double to complete the Redcoats rally before the first out of the inning was ever recorded.

Stefanie Poulin earned the win for Berlin thanks to Gendron’s heroic double, which would have gone for a home run had the winning run not scored ahead of her.

Goodwin Tech 29, Cheney Tech 12: The Gladiators came out swinging on Wednesday and never stopped, riding a 14-run fourth inning to a 29-12 rout of Cheney Tech in a blowout win on the road.

Jamie Santana led the offensive barrage for Goodwin Tech, going 3-for-4 with two extra-base hits and four RBI. Maribel Gonzalez and Gabby Radin each enjoyed multi-hit games as well, with Gonzalez driving in three runs to move the Gladiators to 5-2 on the year.


New Britain 5, Windsor 3: The Hurricanes have their first winning streak of the season after turning a 2-0 deficit into a 5-3 win thanks to a three-run fifth inning.

The top of the order did plenty of damage for New Britain, as leadoff man Danniel Rivera went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Michael Gajda went 2-for-4 as well and added two RBI out of the two spot in the batting order.

Berlin 7, Middletown 6: The Redcoats followed in the softball team’s footsteps and earned a thrilling walk-off win of their own on Wednesday thanks to Tommy Hyjek, who laced an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to drive in the winning run.

A three-run fifth had pulled Berlin within one of the Blue Dragons, who had pushed four runs across in the top of the fourth. Trailing by one in the bottom of the seventh, shortstop Daniel Veleas started the rally with a walk and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Hyde, setting up Hyjek to be the hero.

Newington 7, Hartford Public 0: The Indians may have been a little flat in their return from Florida, but Newington appears to be back on track.

Sam Dionne allowed just one hit and struck out five without a walk in four strong innings as the Indians earned their third straight win.

“We had a great trip to Florida, were a little flat when we came back against Bristol Central and then showed a lot of mental toughness beating a very good New Britain team and then these last two games,” Newington head coach Ben Alaimo said. “But we know we have our work cut out for us on Friday against Bristol Eastern. Coach Giovinazzo always has his guys ready to play.”

The Indians (5-1) also got some strong performances at the plate. Mike Sobolewski went 2-for-3 with a double, Gunnar Johnson went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Ethan Errera added a double of his own as well.

Southington 15, Farmington 1 (5): The Blue Knights used a seven-run second inning to throttle the Indians and give Ryan Henderson plenty of run support in the team’s sixth win of the season.

Henderson went the distance and allowed just one unearned run while striking out three. Five different Blue Knights finished with multi-hit games at the plate, including Jake Neuman, who was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and two runs scored.

Andrew Paradis, Jake DelMonte and Jake Romano each had two hits and two RBI apiece in the winning effort.


Newington 3, East Hartford 1: The Indians received a tough test on Wednesday, but the now state tournament-bound squad dug deep and remained perfect on the season with a 3-1 win over East Hartford.

Newington squeaked by the first set with a 25-21 win before East Hartford tied the match with a win in the second set. The Indians then settled in and took the last two sets thanks to Leonel Caceres, who recorded 42 assists on the night.

Louis Egbuna led the team with 16 kills, while Teddy Fravell added 12. Jake Baclawski also joined the double-digit crew with 10 kills.

Maloney 3, New Britain 1: The Hurricanes are still searching for the program’s first-ever win, but strides were made in that direction on Wednesday, when the team claimed a set against Maloney on its home floor.

“We played much better tonight,” head coach Michelle Abraham said. “They’re really coming along and doing a really good job. We will get a win this year.”

Jerry Chungong enjoyed a perfect night from the service line, going 14-for-14 on serves while adding eight digs. Giovanny Hernandez led the team with 12 digs, while Brian Rodriguez shared Chungong’s serving efficiency, going 12-for-13 from the line with seven service aces. He also added seven digs and four blocks.


Newington 7, Bloomfield 0: The Indians were dominant from start to finish on Wednesday, taking every match by winning each set either 6-1 or 6-0. In all, Newington won 10 sets by a score of 6-0 in the lopsided victory.

Mara Klin earned a 6-0, 6-0 win in third singles, while all three doubles teams won 6-0, 6-0, started by the first doubles team of Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur.

The win keeps the Indians’ perfect start alive, now standing at 4-0 on the season.

Southington 5, Mercy 2: With the Blue Knights down a player, Jillian Watson was pushed into singles play against Mercy, and found herself in an all-out marathon.

A two hour and 45 minute duel with Mercy’s Isabella Bartolomei turned into a thrilling win for Watson, who led Southington to a 5-2 win on the road.

Chantelle Gimenez was dominant for the Blue Knights, winning her third singles match 6-0, 6-0, as Southington remained perfect on the season.


Newington 7, Plainville 0: The Indians left no doubt on Wednesday in their quest to enter the holiday break above the .500 mark, sweeping the Blue Devils 7-0 behind dominant performances from Matt Utter and Shihao Zhai.

Both Utter and Zhai won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0, while the second doubles team of Marc Pantano and Jake Cardines beat Plainville’s Andrew Laprise and Jarod Serrano-Avilles by the same score.

“We just played great today,” Newington head coach Don Lukowski said. “We enjoyed our afternoon there and are glad we are 3-2 heading into our Easter break.”

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