NEWINGTON - The Farmington Bank Vantis Life League Junior Newington baseball team is heading to the postseason perfect.
Newington clinched its undefeated regular season in easy fashion Wednesday night, beating the Granby Storm in a mercy rule,16-4, at Alumni Field.
Nick Cox helped lead the way offensively for Newington, making up for a short two-inning outing on the mound. The starting pitcher hit two long doubles and a triple over the course of the shortened game.
“Most of my doubles were pulled and in my last at bat I wanted to drive the ball,” Cox said. “I was just looking for stuff in my zone. Lay off outside, look for my pitch and drive it.”
The fifth, however, proved to be the biggest inning for Newington. The team plated seven runs and collected a total of seven hits.
Chase Prestia lead off the inning with a single, followed by a double by Cox which scored Prestia. Mike Martin, the team’s center fielder, then hit a double to bring Cox home.
The inning saw two more doubles off the bats of Brandon Baglan and Dominic Bukowski. Joey Petronio and Timmy Gagnon also recorded a hit during the fifth inning. The inning ended after the lineup had cycled through and Prestia popped out to center field.
Prestia, though, also had a multi hit night, finishing with three hits.
In the third inning, Prestia hit a single and then stole second before advancing to third on a passed ball. He then scored on a Cox double.
Cox proceeded to score when after stealing third base, a bad throw by the Storm’s catcher allowed him to take home as well.
Newington’s first runs of the night came during the second inning.
Mike Martin led off the inning with a single. After Martin stole second base, AJ Parafati followed him up with a single of his own. With runners at first and third base, Gagnon plated Martin by hitting a grounder to shortstop. Aaron Smith followed Gagnon by also grounding out to short, which scored Parafati.
But the team also got quality relief out of Baglan. After Cox was pulled from the game, Newington head coach Dan Beaupre turned to the team’s most trusted pitcher to shut the door on Granby.
“He’s been great all year. He’s been one of my aces.” Beaupre said of Baglan. “So I knew that when we were struggling a bit that when he would come in he would settle us down.”