NEWINGTON - The two local boys volleyball teams met up on Wednesday night in a match where the winner would be crowned the CCC South champions.
The match between Southington (16-2) and Newington (13-6) went the distance but it was the Blue Knights that came out on top with a 15-11 win in the fifth set.
Southington was led by Louis Gianacopolos Jr. who finished the match with 36 assists and nine kills. Also of note for the Blue Knights were Brian Durocher (11 kills and 18 digs) and Tim Walsh (13 kills and 14 digs) who both had double-doubles.
Newington was led by Andres Ithier-Vicenty who had 19 kills and two aces. Zach Harmon added a double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs, while back-up setter Dan Cloutier had 17 assists in a relief role.
New Britain 5, Glastonbury 3: Alex Silva picked up the win on the mound while helping hold the Tomahawks to just four hits. On offense the Hurricanes had 10 hits with three different players finishing the game with two apiece. Will Homar went 2-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs, Josh Garcia had two hits and Danniel Rivera added two as well including a double.
New Britain will next take the field on Friday when the team plays host to Plainville at New Britain Stadium, home of the Bees, at 6 p.m.
Newington 8, Hartford Public 1: The Indians turned seven hits into eight runs and were also aided by three errors from the Owls in Wednesday’s win. Cooper Johnson had four of the teams seven hits and finished the game 4-4 with a triple and two RBI. Ethan Herrera had the other extra-base hit for Newington and went 2-3 with that double. Senior Matt Lallier was the winning pitcher as he allowed just one run en route to earning his first career varsity win on senior night.
Goodwin Tech 12, MLC 11: The Gladiators qualified for the state tournament for the first time in four years in walk-off fashion on Wednesday afternoon. MLC scored nine runs in the first two innings but Valerie Ramirez came on in relief in the fourth inning and allowed just one run, while Goodwin Tech scored at least once in every inning. Joannet Mendez scored the winning run after being hit by a pitch, stealing second, being sacrificed to third and then came home on a suicide squeeze.
Innovation 25, Cheney Tech 8: The Ravens picked up their 13th win of the season in a five inning game. Lianna Giles picked up another win and also added three hits and three RBI with the bat. Jirey Garcia had a bases-clearing triple in the team’s seven-run third inning.
Berlin 5, Northwest Catholic 2: The Redcoats picked up their 11th win of the season as all three doubles pairs dominated the competition. Nick Halkias and Kevin Stafstrom were the two singles winners for Berlin with Stafstrom not losing a single game.
Southington 6, Newington 1: The Blue Knights used a dominant effort to pick up their ninth win of the season over the Indians. The second singles match between Nate Zmarlicki and Ben Arora went to a third-set tiebreaker where Zmarlicki was able to win 10-4. Sean Davis was Newington’s only winner.
Wethersfield 4, New Britain 3: The Hurricanes came extremely close to pulling off a major upset. It came down to the final singles match where Ali Saleh won the first set and lost the second before losing the tiebreaker 10-7.
“It’s really hard to pull off an upset in high school tennis and we had a really good shot today,” head coach Joe Vaverchak said. “It just didn’t go out way in the end.”
The doubles pairing of Roberto Estrada and Nick Makuch were among the standout winners for New Britain.
Berlin 13, Bunnell 6: The Redcoats entered double-digits in wins with as they had the game in hand at the half. Mitch Fliss and T.J. Hebert each had three goals to lead the way for Berlin, while Mark Bednarczyk and Joe Pettinelli added two apiece. Brendan Jaouen had 13 saves in net for the Redcoats.