NEWINGTON - The Newington boys baseball punched its ticket to the state tournament in emphatic fashion on Wednesday afternoon with a blowout win over Rocky Hill.
The Indians crushed three home runs and pounded out eight extra-base hits en route to picking up their eighth win of the season. Cooper Johnson was 3-5 with a home run and three RBI, Jay Vereneau went 2-3 with a home run and three RBI and Nick Gallichio added a three-run home run of his own.
Gunnar Johnson was also a standout as he went 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI and Jack Kelley picked up the win with his performance on the mound.
“It’s nice to get the eighth win and be entered into the state tournament early,” head coach Ben Alaimo said. “Beyond that it’s nice to see that my players are starting to pay attention to the little things that help you win baseball games.”
“The offense was obviously there today but I was happy with our defense, pitching and our energy. I’m a big believer in momentum in baseball and today momentum was a big part of the win. We have won three in a row and we hope to carry that into the second half of the season.”
New Britain 6, Bristol Eastern 0: The Hurricanes picked up win No. 9 on Wednesday afternoon as Will Homar threw six shutout innings. The junior allowed just five hits while striking out seven en route to another victory. Alex Silva had the only extra-base hit of the game for either side with a double and had two hits, while Tahj McCall added two hits of his own.
Southington 10, Glastonbury 0: Bailey Robarge threw a complete-game shutout where he allowed just one walk and one hit as the Blue Knights dominated Glastonbury for their seventh win. Jeremy Mercier went 3-3 with three RBI on the offensive end, while Jake Babon went 2-4 with two RBI and three runs.
Goodwin Tech 14, University 2: Matt Dziarkowski had one of those days you dream of as he was a star with the bat and on the mound in the Gladiators’ 12th straight win. The senior pitched a complete game and allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out eight en route to earning the win. At the plate he went 3-4 with a triple and a team-high four RBI. Paul Prior also had a big day at the plate as he added two hits and three RBI.
Newington 159, Bristol Central 211: The Indians picked up their sixth win of the season on Wednesday afternoon and had four of the top five scores in the match against Bristol Central. Ben Weyman and Noah Hedberg were co-medalists after shooting 36’s, while Max Turgeon and Matt Roberts followed with a 41 and 46 respectively. Cameron Reed of Bristol Central was the only Ram to shoot below a 50 as he shot a 41.
Rocky Hill 179, Plainville 228: The Blue Devils dropped their seventh match of the season as Rocky Hill had four of the top five scorers. Zach Bartolini was the only Plainville golfer to shoot below a 50 as he shot a 43. Rocky Hill’s Jake Walling shot a 38 to earn medalist.
Farmington 6, Berlin 1: Jon Trevathan picked up his eighth win of the season in dominating fashion, but he was the only Redcoat to pull out a victory over Farmington on Wednesday. No other Berlin player was even able to bring a match to a third set but Kevin Stafstrom was closest losing his match 6-3, 6-2.
Southington 7, Wethersfield 0: The Blue Knights used a dominating effort to shutout Wethersfield in Wednesday’s home match. Second singles Mike Baloing and fourth singles Nate Zmarlicki put together the most dominant performances of the match as Baloing lost just three games while Zmarlicki lost just one.
Hall 7, Newington 0: The Indians were no match for Hall on Wednesday afternoon as they didn’t even win a single set en route to their fourth loss of the season. Fourth singles’ Sean Davis won four games in the second set of his match which was the closest any Newington player got to taking a set.
“Hall is one of the top teams in the state,” head coach Don Lukowski said. “I think my boys did well considering that and the fact that they are all in new positions.”
Newington 3, Wethersfield 0: The Indians punched their ticket to their 17th straight state tournament with a shutout win over Wethersfield on Wednesday evening. Leonel Caceres led the team in kills and blocks with 12 and three respectively, while Evan Metzger had 35 assists and Vinh Dau filled the stat sheet with 10 kills, five digs and two blocks.
Bristol Eastern 11, New Britain 1: The Hurricanes committed eight errors and couldn’t overcome the poor defense in a blowout loss to the Lancers. Gianna Gonzales took the loss for New Britain but head coach Joel Simmone said she pitched well. Simmone also pointed out Paula Bronner as a standout as she had three hits including two triples. The Hurricanes remain one win away from qualifying for the tournament.
Goodwin Tech 25, University 20: The Gladiators pulled out the win in a game that head coach Paul Soucy called “one of the craziest games I have ever coached.” Goodwin Tech fell behind several times but battled back on several occasions. Valerie Ramirez picked up the win and had four hits and five RBI, while Paola Barbosa had two hits and two RBI.
HMTCA 22, Innovation 1: It was one of those days for the Ravens as head coach Michael Jessie said “anything that could go wrong went wrong tonight.” After holding HMTCA scoreless in the first inning, Innovation allowed multiple runs in the next five innings to lose its third game of the season. Lianna Giles took the loss while Kat Mason had a double among the Ravens’ four hits.
New Britain 6, Windsor 1: The Hurricanes picked up the win over Windsor while only dropping one match and that was in third singles. Celeste Gigliotti, Lela Shvelidze and Larissa Tabb were among the winners for New Britain.