NEWINGTON - It was a game set up to feature Newingtonâ€™s Joey Zawisza against New Britainâ€™s Will Homar on the mound and it didnâ€™t disappoint.
Both pitchers tossed complete games. The Indians just happened to get the best of the Hurricanes in the end, winning 2-1 Monday afternoon.
The winning run came in the bottom of the fourth.
â€śToday was one of the best games that I've been in in a few years,â€ť Newington head coach Ben Alaimo said. â€śAnytime you can beat Will Homar and a well coached New Britain team, you have to feel really good about it. It was particularly nice because we lost 2-1 in a similar matchup at their place [earlier this season], and to respond and get the same score felt particularly good.â€ť
Both Zawisza and Homar allowed only three hits, most of them doubles. Gunnar and Cooper Johnson hit one each for the Indians, while Ruffino Santiago, Francisco Alvarado and Danniel Rivera each finished with one for New Britain.
But the Hurricanes (12-5) committed three errors to Newingtonâ€™s (11-6) one.
â€śJoey has done it all year and weâ€™ve counted on him, but today the stars were our defense,â€ť Alaimo said. â€śChristian Colon made some phenomenal plays at shortstop as well as Spencer Coulliard, who made two tremendous grabs in right field.â€ť
Southington 5,Conard 0: The Blue Knights were able to move to a game above .500 after a strong showing from starter Justin Verrilli.
The senior gave up seven hits to the Chieftains, who were unable to capitalize against Verrilli.
The pitcher also got some help early from his offense, as Southington had a 3-0 lead after the third inning and cruised the rest of the way.
Both Dan Topper and Jeremy Mercier hit a double apiece for the Blue Knights.
New Britain 13, Newington 2: It was a bit of a slow start for the Hurricanes, but a strong finish as they scored 12 runs over the final four innings.
Amanda Jacobs hit a two-run homer for New Britain, while teammates Gianna Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jenna Lawson drove in five, three of which came on a bases-clearing triple.
In the pitching circle, Joseleen Rivera was once again nearly unhittable as she threw a two-hit complete game, striking out five.
â€śI was blown away with how the girls showed up today,â€ť Hurricanes head coach Joel Simmone said. â€śWe hadnâ€™t beaten Newington in 11 tries coming into the season and we beat them twice this year. Nothing was going to stand in the girlsâ€™ way today.â€ť
Norwich Tech 3, Goodwin Tech 2: The Gladiators almost engineered a comeback.
Leina Lopez-Rivera hit a two-out, RBI double in the seventh to cut Goodwin Techâ€™s deficit to one. The Gladiators just couldnâ€™t generate anything else.
They also had trouble containing Kalli Campbell, who finished with a double, triple and home run for Norwich Tech. The homer in the fifth proved to be the winning run.
Valerie Ramirez took the loss for Goodwin Tech despite pitching a solid game. She also had two hits, including an RBI single.
Newington 3, Maloney 0: The way head coach Curt Burns put it, the Indians need to take care of the matches theyâ€™re supposed to win. They did just that with an easy sweep of the Spartans with set scores of 25-2, 25-13, 25-10.
â€śWeâ€™re still trying to get a top-two seed for the CCC tournament,â€ť said Burns, whose team is now 15-2. â€śThatâ€™s still in play and weâ€™re still trying to lock up the No. 1 seed in Class M.â€ť
Luis Egbuna led Newington with 11 kills. Evan Metzger had 15 assists and three aces and Collin Liedke finished with eight digs.
â€śI played a lot of my second team today,â€ť Burns said. â€śBut it was good to get the win and keeps us in contention for the CCC West Championship.â€ť
Southington 3, Farmington 0: The Blue Knights picked up an important win over the Indians, allowing them to continue their dominance over the CCC in the regular season.
Southington (13-1) took the match after set scores of 25-20, 25-6 and 25-17.
Tim Walsh had 13 kills to lead Southington. Zack Morgan and William Pfanzelt finished with double-digit assist totals with 19 and 16 respectively, while Niko Sophroniou had 15 digs.
Newington 7, New Britain 0: It was a rather one-sided affair in favor of the Indians, who were able to secure a postseason berth in the process.
Sean Davis, Matt Utter, Ben Arora and David Magsao earned singles wins for Newington, while the duo of Gynno Bacaoco and Daniel Lasota; Ateeb Rahman and Lukas Klin; and Videep Soni and Michael Zhai earned doubles victory.
But perhaps the most interesting match of the day was between Davis and the Hurricanesâ€™ Ali Saleh in the No. 1 singles. Davis won the first set 6-1, only to have Saleh win the next one 7-5 with David taking the tiebreaker 10-7.
â€śIt was a good match,â€ť Newington head coach Don Lukowski said. â€śFor a team that doesnâ€™t have much experience, [New Britain] played very well, especially their No. 1 guy.â€ť
Newington 4, New Britain 3: It was a back and forth match all afternoon with the final match, the No. 3 doubles, deciding the outcome.
Newingtonâ€™s Kelly Iskra and Lucy Slattery got the better of New Britainâ€™s Devon Riley and Kiara Matins 7-5, 6-4.
â€śIt was a hard fought match that came down to the end,â€ť said Newington head coach Sean Hussey, whose team has now qualified for the state tournament after earning its eighth win of the season.
Other wins for the Indians came from Olivia Rozio, Mara Klin in singles and Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur in doubles.
For the Hurricanes, Claire Palin and Larissa Tabb picked up singles victories as Danya Alboslani and Yayaira Asisbaya came through in No. 1 doubles.
Southington 6, Conard 1: The Blue Knights didnâ€™t have much difficulty with the Chieftains, dropping the final doubles match of the afternoon.
But even that wasnâ€™t an easy win for Conard as Southingtonâ€™s Gianna Wadowski and Emma Wojcicki played Maggie Noble and Nora McGowan in the longest match of the day before falling 7-6(6), 7-5.
Abby Murphy, Coral Tommervik,Â Molly Murphy and Joelle Stublarec picked up singles wins for the Blue Knights, while Carolyn Callahan and ChantelleÂ Gimenez, and Samantha Barmore and Madison Beaudoin earned doubles wins.
Berlin 198, Middletown 242: The Redcoats picked up an important conference win over Middletown as they continue to shoot well, hitting below 200 for the second time this season.
Berlinâ€™s Jackie Cooper was the medalist on the afternoon as she shot a 46, while Alena Kittleman (49), Jessica Nappi (51) and Bridget McQuillan (52) also scored for Berlin.
New Britain 252, East Hartford 285: The Hurricanes picked up their second win of the season after a strong showing from their top two golfers.
Cate Keithline and Kendra Levesque were both co-medalists for New Britain after shooting a 61. Kylie Griffin and Leah Gaffney rounded out the teamâ€™s scoring with a 65 each.
Newington 200, Plainville 289: Led by medalist Chloe Bilodeau, who shot a 46, the Indians took advantage of playing on their home course.
Jessica Pierzchalski (49), Taylor Kelly (51) and Maddie Massarro-Cook (54) rounded out Newingtonâ€™s score.
Middletown 190, New Britain 215: The Hurricanes shot well at times, they just couldnâ€™t get the better of the Blue Dragons.
â€ś[Lyman Orchards is a] tough course they had to play today,â€ť New Britain head coach Bob Zadrozny said. â€śNone of our guys had ever played the Jones Course and itâ€™s the type of course you have to know how to play it.â€ť
Brennen Maxfield was the medalist of the match after shooting a 40 for Middletown.
Tim carrier was New Britainâ€™s low scorer with a 48 and was followed by Arthur Bell (54), Johnny Morell (55) and Dylan Washington (58).