Southington softball is moving on to the Class LL state tournament championship, capping off its semifinal bout against fifth-seeded Hall with a 8-2 score to secure a seat in the final.
Top-seeded Southington was no hitting Hall into the fifth inning before it got its first base runner. By then, Southington was leading 7-0.
A run in the first from Ashlyn Deslauniers put them on top. A walk in the first led to her stealing second and third before crossing home for the first run.
An RBI triple from Julia Panarella and a single from Alison Rembish put two more on the board for Southington up 3-0. Two more crossed in the third inning, giving Southington a comfortable cushion at 5-0.
Two more runs crossed for Southington before Hall’s Jacqueline Hamad broke up the no-hitter.
A Jazmin Lasane triple preceded a squeeze bunt by Nicole Greco, who scored Lasane to make the game 8-0 in the fifth. Hall scored twice late in the contest, but Southington’s advantage was too great for it to overcome in the final.
Panarella earned the win in the circle, going the distance.
The trip to the state championship is the 24th for Southington, a state record. The Blue Knights will play the winner of Trumbull or Fairfield Ludlowe, which will happen Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
All-time in state final games the Blue Knights hold a record of 18-5.