NEWINGTON - The Newington boys baseball team used a six-run fourth inning to get past Wethersfield on Monday afternoon 7-2. The win puts the Indians just one win away from qualifying for the postseason.
Jordan Blanchette picked up the win for Newington while Cooper Johnson was among the offensive standouts. The junior went 2-3 with a sac fly and had one of the Indians’ two extra-base hits.
Head coach Ben Alaimo was happy with the team effort because he preaches winning the battle of the free bases, which he describes as walks, errors, wild pitches and passed balls.
“Proud of my guys for understanding our system and playing within our offense,” Aliamo said. They were worried less about hitting and more about team play. We put all three phases together today and I’m proud of my guys.”
Goodwin Tech 15, Captial Prep 3: The Gladiators keep the wins coming and the streak has now reached 10 in a row. Goodwin Tech scored multiple runs in every inning but one. Chris Ryan picked up the win while striking out six over five innings. On offense Paul Prior went 3-5 and Matt Dziarkowski hit a home run in what head coach Joe Granja called a team effort.
Northwest Catholic 7, Southington 1: The Blue Knights had their three-game winning streak come to an end as they couldn’t get the offense going. Southington had just five hits in the contest against Colby Lytle, two of which came off the bat of Jon Gray. Brandon Kohl added a double for the 6-3 Blue Knights and Ryan Sheehan took the loss.
Enfield 4, New Britain 3: The Hurricanes made some mental mistakes and couldn’t come up with the big hit en route to their third loss of the season. Matt Murphy was saddled with the loss for New Britain while Brian Hernandez picked up the only extra-base hit for the team. It was a double.
Enfield 2, New Britain 1 (8 Innings): The Hurricanes went into extra innings but came up just short of picking of their eighth win of the season. New Britain had just two hits and Gianna Gonzales picked up the loss. This game was played with star shortstop Gabby Roy who is dealing with an injury. Head coach Joel Simmone hopes to have her back soon but her return is unclear.
“Not having her out there disrupts the whole lineup,” Simmone said “But we have to adjust and keep playing.”
Goodwin Tech 18, Capital Prep 7: The Gladiators snapped an eight-game losing streak with a blowout win on Monday afternoon. Goodwin Tech put together two innings where it scored seven runs. Paola Barbosa had two hits and two RBI, while Namaryis Polanco added two RBI herself. Val Ramirez picked up the first win of her career in the complete-game effort.
Berlin 16, Plainville 6: The Redcoats scored nine runs in the third inning to break the game open and coast to a win over the Blue Devils. Lindsay Walsh got the win for Berlin while also contributing a double and a triple at the plate. The big star at the plate though, was Jackie Arute who went 3-4 with three runs, a home run and 5 RBI. For Plainville Kaya Broughton took the loss and Phoebe Gediman had the team’s only extra-base hit with a double.
Newington 7, Platt 0: The Indians lost just one game en route to a shutout win on Monday afternoon, their fourth of the season. Platt forfeited three of the matches due to only having nine players on the roster. Ryan Dean, Ben Arora and Shelbin Cheriyan were the single players to win an actual match, while David Magsayo and Sam Johnson were the only doubles pair to get on the court.
Hall 5, Southington 2: The Blue Knights couldn’t keep up with Hall’s depth and dropped their second game of the season on Monday afternoon. Southington’s only wins came in first singles and first doubles but both came in third-set tiebreakers. Matt Baloing won 10-5 in the tiebreak while the team of Jon Kryzanski and Kevin Chudy won 10-8 in the tiebreak.
Berlin 5, Wethersfield 2: The Redcoats got great performances from their doubles groups to pick up the win over the Eagles. All three pairs won their matches while No. 1 singles Jon Trevathan picked up an easy win and No. 3 singles Nick Halkias had another win to continue his steady play.
Wethersfield 161, New Britain 219: The Eagles had the top four scorers on the day by a wide margin and cruised to an easy win over the Hurricanes. Kevin Merkle and Tim Carrier earned the top scores on the day with a 50 and 51 respectively in New Britain’s third loss of the season.
Glastonbury 189, Berlin 215: The Redcoats were taken down by undefeated Glastonbury on Monday afternoon in a disappointing performance. Jackie Cooper was Berlin’s top scorer as she shot a 44, the second best score of the day, but that was the team’s best score by a long shot.
“Little disappointed with the progress with some of the girls," Berlin head coach Ron Barnes said. "We're still making some stupid mistakes out on the course. We have got to clean those things up moving forward.”
Rocky Hill 5, New Britain 2: The Hurricanes were unable to get past Rocky Hill on Monday afternoon. First singles Celeste Gigliotti and the second doubles pairing of Danielle DiSimone and Claire Palin were the only wins New Britain picked up in the match.