SOUTHINGTON - Not only did the Berlin girls golf team win on Wednesday against Plainville, it also clinched the CCC South crown with their 13th win of the season, giving the team and head coach Jim Barnes plenty of reason to smile heading into the conference tournament.
“This was a great match for us, being able to clinch the CCC South championship,” Barnes said. “Now we can look forward to the tournament.”
Jessica Nappi helped Berlin clinch with a match-best score of 48, while Rachel Varley finished right behind with a 49.
Haylie Garrison was the top finisher for Plainville, recording a score of 50 on the day.
Newington 219, New Britain 262: The Indians dominated the Hurricanes behind Maddie Massaro-Cook, who earned the match medal with a score of 46.
Newington’s other top finishers all bested New Britain’s top scorer in the lopsided win, as Tori Tolisano, Leah Tofeldt and Raechel Bouchard finished with scores of 50, 55 and 58, respectively.
Liya Saccente led the Hurricanes with a score of 61, followed closely by Kendra Levesque, who logged a 62 on the day.
Bristol Central 210, New Britain 224: The Hurricanes spent the match trying to catch the Lancers’ Adam Ward, who finished with a 43 to give Central the easy win.
Arthur Bell led New Britain with a 50, followed by a 56 by Manny Benitez. Royce Wasik followed right behind with a 57, and Brandon Carlina added a 61.
Berlin 157, Farmington 158, Wethersfield 167, Conard 174: The Redcoats continued their strong season by besting three teams with a balanced effort to overcome the Indians and match medalist John Guerrera.
Matt Czerepuszko led Berlin with a 37, and the duo of John Downes and Paul Calafiore chipped in a 39. Jacob Lindsay rounded out the Redcoats’ top finishers with a score of 42.
Avon 6, Newington 1: The Indians lost the match, but Matt Utter enjoyed a historic finish to the regular season, recording the team’s lone win to finish the regular season undefeated.
Grant Garcia and Tim Davis battled through a tough first set in third doubles before falling 6-3, 6-0 to close out the match. The Indians, who finish the season with 10 wins, will open Class L state tournament play in East Hartford on Friday.
Newington 6, Plainville 1: The Indians won each match until third doubles.
“It was a great way to finish the regular season,” Newington head coach Sean Hussey said. “I hope the luck will continue into the state tournament.”
Mara Klin dominated third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Plainville’s Liv Wazarko, and Olivia Rozio cruised in first singles with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Sam Conti.
Southington 7, Conard 0: The Blue Knights closed the book on the regular season with a sweep, but not before Abby Murphy won her first singles match 6-1, 6-0 to finish the year undefeated in regular season play.
In a more tense match, Chantelle Gimenez fell 6-4 in the first set to Conard’s Aelis Demy before forcing a tiebreaker with a 7-5 win, and eventually claiming the two hour match in a 12-10 tiebreaker. Gimenez staved off two match points in the third set to stay in position for the victory.
Newington 10, Bristol Central 2: The Indians wasted no time building a big lead, scoring eight runs through the first two innings to spark a route on their home field.
Dani Pantano shined all around for Newington, earning the win in the circle and collecting three hits and two RBI at the plate. Rachel Thureson led the offense with four hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Mckenna Deluca scored three runs of her own and reached base four times.
Newington 1, Hall 0: Unlike the 10 runs scored in their earlier game of the day, the Indians needed every bit of Pantano’s heroics in the circle, as she pitched her second game of the day and held Hall scoreless until Newington walked it off in the seventh.
Maddy Ellis drew a walk in the bottom of the seventh and advanced to third on a wild pitch before being driven in by an Amanda Akerley single, giving the Indians the thrilling win after striking out 12 times against Sophie Garner.
South Windsor 4, Newington 2: Like many losses for the Indians this season, defense proved costly.
Newington committed four errors against a tough South Windsor team, putting itself in an early hole that it couldn’t climb out of.
“The point of this week is to get us ready for the state tournament, and I honestly felt like we played a really competitive team and went toe-to-toe,” head coach Ben Alaimo said. “Unfortunately, we made a couple of costly errors and they didn’t.”
Tony DeBlasio went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Indians, and Mike Sobolewski added two hits of his own. Newington matched South Windsor in the hit column with nine, but the errors made the difference.