NEWINGTON - Celebrating Senior Day in its home finale on Wednesday, the Newington baseball team was looking for contributions from its soon-to-be graduates.
The Indians got just that in a 10-0 win over Cheney Tech, receiving valuable senior production on the mound, in the field and at the plate.
Senior starting pitcher Simao Cabral set the tone with a three-hit shutout, Ethan Errera smacked a pair of doubles and Mike Sobolewski made a sparkling play at shortstop, completing a Derek Jeter-esque backhanded jump throw to hang a star on what was a fitting outcome for Senior Day.
“It felt good to have all the contributions from the seniors,” head coach Ben Alaimo said. I was happy and proud of the group”
Senior Anthony DeBlasio also added two hits for Newington, while junior Gunnar Johnson continued his monster season with three hits and three RBI. Fellow junior Jon Pyne added a pair of doubles and three runs scores in the abbreviated contest.
New Britain 11, Goodwin Tech 0 (5): Wednesday night was twice as special for the Hurricanes.
Not only did New Britain get the win on Senior Night - Jehlon Rose, Danniel Rivera, Devon Mercado, Angel De Los Santos, Rufino Santiago, Kevin Slisz and Melvin Rodriguez were honored - but the team also secured is spot in the Class LL state tournament.
Rivera and De Los Santos each finished with two hits, while Mercado drove in two runs. Rivera also tied New Britain’s all-time runs scored record as the Hurricanes made sure to put the game away early, scoring 10 of their 11 run in the first three innings.
It was plenty of help for starter Daniel Costa, who tossed a complete game and allowed only one hit, while striking out five.
Newington 6, Rocky Hill 1: The Indians reached double digit wins on Wednesday with a convincing win over Rocky Hill, including a dominant 6-0, 6-0 win for Matt Utter, who remained undefeated on the year in second singles.
“It was just an awesome match,” head coach Don Lukowski said. “The kids were up for it and psyched up for it. They wanted to win.”
Sam Johnson earned a big win in fourth singles by claiming a 10-8 tiebreaker set, as did the third doubles team of Grant Garcia and Jake Cardines, who won 10-5 in their extra set after dropping the first.
Hall 6, Southington 1: The Blue Knights were dealt a tough test on Wednesday afternoon, and ultimately saw their three-match win streak snapped at the hands of Hall.
The lone win for Southington was claimed by the first doubles team of Matt Balaoing (normally the team’s first singles player) and Nate Zmalicki, who won by a score of 6-2, 6-2. Adam Kosko and Mike Kwok almost earned a win in second doubles, but dropped a 10-7 tiebreaker set.
Wethersfield 6, New Britain 1: The Hurricanes’ losing skid hit three on Wednesday with a loss to Wethersfield, who dropped first singles before rattling off six straight wins to claim the victory.
“We played strong, but in some matches we just have to shore up our doubles,” New Britain head coach Joe Canzanella said. “Wethersfield is a very good team.”
JuJu Oliver claimed the lone win for New Britain, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Tea Hima. The Hurricanes’ first doubles team of Danya Alboslani and Yajaira Asimbaya almost picked up a win themselves, but dropped a thrilling tiebreaker set by a score of 12-10.
Southington 6, Hall 1: The Blue Knights earned a doubles sweep to roll to a 6-1 win over Hall on Wednesday, thanks to a close 10-7 win by the first doubles team of Kate Hardy and Isa Miani in a tiebreaker set.
The second singles match also needed a third set to decide the outcome, as Chantelle Gimenez battled with Hall’s Ari Edgar for nearly two hours before taking a 10-2 win in the tiebreaker to help Southington to its 12th win of the season.
Plainville 260, New Britain 263: The Hurricanes got a great effort from medalist Kendra Lavesque, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Blue Devils, who squeaked by with a narrow victory to deny New Britain its first win of the year.
Levesque shot a 55 to lead New Britain, but the rest of the Hurricanes shot above a 65. Julia Smith led the Blue Devils with a 58, while Haylie Garrison shot a 59 for Plainville, earning its third win of the season.
Newington 235, Middletown 251: The Indians lost out on the match medal, but they won the more important score with a team win over Middletown in a home match on Wednesday.
The medal went to Middletown’s Logan Frame with a score of 45, but Newington recorded a trio of scores below 60 to put together a balanced effort. Maddie Masarro-Cook led the way with a 54, while Leah Tofeldt followed close behind with a 56. Shea Devanneuy added a 59 to finish below 60 for the first time this season, and Tori Tolisano rounded out the Indians scorers with a 66.
East Hartford 3, New Britain 0: The Hurricanes struggled against a top front line for East Hartford on Wednesday, falling 3-0 at home despite a valiant defensive effort from sophomore Malakhia Torres, who recorded a team-high 13 digs.
“He played really well,” head coach Michelle Abraham said. “He’s only a 10th grader, and East Hartford can hit. He stayed in there and defended. He’s improving so much every game.”
Randy Slart was perfect from the service line, going 11-for-11 with a trio of service aces for New Britain, but the team committed seven errors from the service line in the third set to help East Hartford complete the sweep.