HARTFORD - Tommy Hughes stepped on the mound and strikeouts ensued.
The Goodwin Tech pitcher struck out 20 University/Classical Magnet hitter as the Gladiators cruised to an 8-2 win in the opening round of the of the Class M state tournament Tuesday afternoon.
Hughes pitched a complete game, giving up just three hits and did not walk a single batter.
“He was on today. He was just dealing,” Goodwin Tech head coach Joe Granja said. “He threw just 94 pitches. He had two innings where he struck out four batters due to wild pitches.”
Hughes also led the way offensively. He had two hits and scored four of the team’s runs. Fellow senior Paul Prior also had two hits.
“They both have had great years,” Granja said. “We all hit the ball well today. We played a really good, all-around game today.”
Newington 9, Manchester 6: Newington’s outstanding season continues despite a late effort from Manchester.
“Tip your cap to Manchester, they never quit,” Indians head coach Ben Alaimo said. “We had a 9-3 lead going into the seventh and they continued to scrap. But any win is a win in the state tournament.”
Newington was led by senior Joey Zawisza. He picked up the win on the mound, giving up three earned runs and striking out five batters. He also had a strong game offensively, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
“Really proud of Joey’s effort,” Alaimo said. “He’s done it for us all season. Fourth appearance in the state tournament and that experience goes a long way. He did well. We just have to make sure we back him up.”
Newington will take on Amity in the next round of the tournament.
Southington 1, Trumbull 0: It was a low scoring game, but the Blue Knights needed just the one run.
Jeremy Mericer earned the win for Southington.
The Blue Knights advance to the second round, where they will travel to top-seeded Fairfield Prep (19-1) today at 4 p.m.
Newington 189, Wethersfield 191: The Indians picked up a narrow victory to close out the regular season.
Jessica Pierzchalski was the medalist, leading the way with a round of 42.
Taylor Kelly, Chloe Bilodeau and Leah Tofeldt added scores of 45, 49 and 53, respectively, to add to a strong effort.
“We played well,” Newington head coach Richard Condon said. “We had our best score of the year on a regulation course. Going into the CCC Tournament, we’re feeling pretty good. It was a really good day, and a pretty good way to end the regular season.”
The Newington boys tennis team rounded out its season Tuesday afternoon during the first round Class L tournament. After the qualifying round on Saturday, only one pair of doubles advanced.
During singles on Saturday, Nick Celotto of Gilfrod defeated Newington’s Videep Soni 8-3, Max Atkinson of Pomperaug defeated Newington’s Dave Magsay 9-7.
During the first round on Tuesday, Ethan Zaghang of Darien defeated Newington’s Ben Arora 6-0, 6-1 and Ian Wise also from Darien defeated Newington’s Sean Davis 6-1, 6-0.
“We had the goal of reaching it to states,” Newington head coach Don Lukowski said. “We worked very hard and put in a great effort. I am very happy with that outcome”
As for doubles, Lukas Klin and Mike Zhai defeated Andrew Munroe and Wesley Roser from RHAM 7-5, 5-7 and 10-8. But the two were defeated next by the fourth-seeded Robert Israel and Noah Gulla from Hand 6-0, 6-0.
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