ROCKY HILL - Revenge is sweet. It certainly was for the Newington baseball team Thursday afternoon.
After falling to Rocky Hill 3-2 in the season opener, the Indians redeemed themselves, shutting out the Terriers 11-0 in six innings at Rocky Hill High School.
Josh LeClaire pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits. Joey Zawisza had two RBI, two runs scored and was 3-for-4 on the afternoon while Jay Verino was also 3-for-4 and Jack DeGirolamo hit a double.
“Today all three phases came together well,” Newington head coach ben Alaimo said. “The offense, the defense and the pitching performed at a high level and things seemed to be moving into the right direction. Especially as we move closer to state tournament. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Newington is now on a five-game winning streak and is 13-6 on the season. The Indians will travel to Wethersfield on Monday for their last game of the regular season.
Rocky Hill 7, Newington 6: The Indians almost completed a comeback, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, but that was as close as they would get.
Newington’s Rachel Thurston was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Dani Pantano was also 2-for-4.
Pantano received the loss, but only allowed two earned runs. Newington is now 8-10 on the season.
Newington 3, Lewis 0: It’s official, the Indians will be the top seed in the Class M state tournament after beating the Spartans 25-17, 25-9 and 25-13.
“Lewis Mills was the only that could cold have caught us in Class M,” Newington head coach Curt Burns said. “It was a very well played match and it was nice to have a strong showing in a difficult place to play. We were able to take control of the match early.”
Leonel Caceres finished with 14 kills for the Indians, while Dan Cloutier (30 assists, 6 digs), Teddy Vavrel (9 kills, 3 blocks) and Collin Leidke (10 digs) also played well.
New Britain 4, Platt 3: The Hurricanes picked up their third win of the season.
Ali Saleh, Segan Foster and Nicholas Makuch each picked up a win during their singles matches while Saul Rodriguez and Sebastian Tarasiuk claimed a win during a doubles match.
“It was a great back and forth match,” New Britain head coach Joe Vaverchak said. “Any match like that is very competitive and were glad to get the win.”
New Britain is now 3-12 on the season.
Wethersfield 4, Newington 3: The Indians claimed three of the four singles matches.
Newington’s No. 2 through 4 singles players, Matthew Utter, Ben Arora and David Magsayo, received the win.
The Indians are now 8-8 and will travel to Platt on Monday for their last match of the regular season.
Berlin 6, Middletown 1: It was an easy victory for the Redcoats in the first match of a day-night doubleheader.
Berlin swept the singles matches, including 6-0, 6-0 victories from Jonathan Trevethan, Thomas Fijalkowski and Kevin Stafstrom.
The only match the Redcoats dropped was the No. 3 doubles, where Calvin Vecchitto and Spencer Asal got the win for Middletown.
The win improves Berlin's conference record to 4-0, with the chance to win the conference championship Friday against Plainville.
Avon 6, Berlin 1: The Redcoats were not as successful in the night cap.
"The strength and depth of an excellent Avon team was evident," Berlin coach Rex Smith said.
The only match Berlin won was the No. 1 singles, where Jonathan Trevethan improved his season record to 15-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Arjun Chandra-Mohanty.
Newington 197, Windsor 220: The Indians improved their record to 5-6 after picking up and easy win over the Warriors.
Although Newington picked up the win, Windsor’s Logan Doyle was the medalist as he shot a 49.
Newington was led by John Hurts (46), Michael Hamill (50), Jake Irons (50) and Cole Pratte (51).
Plainville 199, Platt 234: The Blue Devils broke 200 for the very first time this season during their win over the Panthers.
Plainville’s Jacob Deschaine was the medalist as he shot a 45, while Zack Bartolini (48), Christian Zamudio (53) and Allen Nilson (53) rounded out the team’s scoring.
Goodwin Tech 224, O'Brien Tech 233: The Gladiators picked up a much-needed win over O’Brien Tech.
Goodwin Tech’s Josh Donaghy and Jackson Collin were the co-medalists of the match after shooting a 50.
Brandon Keteorasmy (59) and Ben Palmer (60) rounded out the team’s scoring.
Rocky Hill 95, New Britain 57: It was a tough day for the Hurricanes as Rocky Hill took home a commanding win.
Despite the loss, New Britain had some solid individual performances.
Raven Symone Jarrett won the 300-meter Hurdles and came in second in the high jump. Rozalynn Smith won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. Chelsea Anthony won the shot put and came runner-up in the discus, while Patrice Harrison had second-place finishes in the 100 and 200-meter dash races.
Berlin 89, Plainville 61: The Redcoats picked up their fifth win of the year in easy fashion.
Berlin had three athletes qualify for states: Jack Crowley in the javelin, Jimmy Greico in the 400-meter run and Tyler Dinkins in the high jump.
Plainville did notch two wins from Colin Martin won the discus and shot put.
Berlin improves to 5-2, while Plainville falls to 4-3.