NEW BRITAIN -- The Southington baseball scored early and hung on to take the 4-1 win over New Britain on Friday at Beehive Field.
Dante D’Amore started Southington’s scoring in the first inning with a two-run homerun. The Blue Knights added another in the second and one more in the sixth for an even four in total.
D’Amore went 3-for-3 from the plate as Southington’s offensive sparkplug.
Jomar Rodriguez, Elian Collado, Chris Gibbs and Yan Hernandez made up each of the Hurricanes’ hits in the game.
Vin Borghese took the win on the mound for the Blue Knights while Chris Gibbs suffered the loss for New Britain.
Southington will host Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. and New Britain will visit Newington on Monday, Apr. 26 at 3:45 p.m.
Plainville 12, Rocky Hill 0: After losing to Rocky Hill 13-4 at home Tuesday, the Blue Devils came back with an assertive five-inning shutout win over the Terriers on Friday.
Brennan Staubley took care of Plainville’s first four and two-thirds innings on the mound and only allowed three hits in the win. The Blue Devils posted 10 runs in the top of the fifth, which extended their lead to 12 and put them in position for a shortened game. Senior Alec Couture hit the team’s lone extra-base hit on the day with a double as Plainville only notched five hits in the contest.
Now at .500 through six games, the Blue Devils will look to snag their next win Saturday at home against Bristol Eastern in a make-up of the game that was rained out Wednesday.
St. Paul 22, Watertown 12: For the second time in as many days, the St Paul offense scored more than 20 runs and defeated a divisional opponent. Friday afternoon, the Falcons won 22-12 over visiting Watertown to improve their record to 6-1 as Mario Izzo picked up his first varsity win in relief. Jake Gambee took the loss for Watertown.
After St Paul starter Jamie Leggett retired the Watertown hitters in order in the top of the first, Watertown's Ryan Glover retired the first two batters that he faced in the bottom of the frame. A walk to Ryan Daniels was followed by Casey Cerruto's first home run of the day, and St Paul led 2-0.
Jake Gambee led off the top of the second with a home run of his own, and the St Paul lead was cut in half. In the bottom of the frame, St Paul took advantage of three walks and two misplayed fly balls to score five unearned runs and led 7-1 after two innings.
In the top of the fourth, it was Watertown's turn to take advantage of some St Paul mistakes. A misplayed fly ball was followed by three consecutive walks to score one run. Ryan Glover's two-RBI single made it three, and Watertown cut the lead to 7-4. St Paul got two back in the bottom of the inning as Mario Izzo hit his first home run of the afternoon, and St Paul led 9-4.
Watertown rallied to score eight runs in the top of the fifth inning and take a 12-9 lead. The rally featured four doubles: a two-RBI double by Pat Mazzamaro, a three-RBI double by John Biolo, and two doubles by Henry Marino (one RBI). Sam Weidemier had a two-RBI single.
But the lead did not last long as the first eight St Paul batters reached base safely and scored in the bottom of the fifth en route to a nine-run inning. Key contributors included Steve Morelli (RBI double), Devin Kulas (two-RBI single), Ryan Daniels (RBI double), and Izzo who blasted his second home run of the game, a three-run shot. St Paul led 18-12 after five innings.
Watertown failed to score in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the frame, an error and a walk put two men on with no outs. Cerruto hit his second home run of the game and the St Paul lead grew to 21-12. With one out, Owen Davis and Brendan Foley hit back to back singles an infield error made loaded the bases. That was followed by a wild pitch that allowed Davis to score from third, and the game was over.
The Falcons will travel to Wolcott on Monday for their next game.
Shepaug Valley 21, Terryville 13: Both Terryville and Shepaug Valley had their offenses going Friday, but the Kangaroos were unable to keep pace with the Spartans in their season-opening loss
Terryville carried a 3-2 lead after the first inning courtesy of a two-run double from Emma Farrow who finished the day with two extra-base hits and three RBI. The score was 7-4 in favor of the Kangaroos after three innings, but that did not last much longer as Shepaug Valley exploded for 12 runs in the top of the fourth to take a nine-run lead Terryville would never recover from.
Jessica Kisling took Terryville pitcher Tiffany Pires deep on the first pitch of plate appearance in the fourth as the Spartan accumulated 28 hits in the contest. Pires went three and two-thirds innings and allowed 16 runs to take the loss.
The Kangaroos had a strong day offensively as they smacked 12 hits including four doubles and one triple. They will look to pick up their first win of the season Monday on the road against Gilbert.
Newington 20, East Hartford 1: The Nor’easters scored 16 runs in the second inning to blow past East Hartford.
Ella Stair cracked two doubles and drove in a team-high three runs for Newington, while Bri Gadarowski went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs and Macy Guion scored and reached base three times each.
The Nor’easters got another strong start from Jaelyn Gonzalez, who struck out 11 batters and was tabbed with one unearned run.
Newington will look to keep the wins coming when it plays New Britain on Monday, Apr. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
St. Paul 181, Canton 222: The Falcons remain undefeated through two contests this season with a strong win over Canton. St. Paul’s top three players tied or bested Canton’s top scorer.
Junior Erin Downes shot a 35 to win the event outright for St. Paul and was followed by junior Sami Millerick’s 39 and a 46 from freshman Quinn Burns. Canton was led by Shiloh Blumenfeld’s 46 and none of her teammates came within 10 strokes of her.
The Falcons will look to improve their record to 3-0 next Thursday when they travel to Portland West Golf Course to face Mercy.
Newington 3, Wolcott Tech 0: The Nor’easters rolled to their fourth straight win in its sweep over Wolcott Tech.
Newington did not allow more than 20 points in each set as it won the first set 25-18, the second 25-13 and the third 25-11.
Jacob Baclawski had 11 kills, four aces and 10 digs, Joshua Akosa earned 12 kills, two aces and five digs, Eni Lici ended up with 29 assists, nine kills and three blocks and Sean Stegmaier slotted seven kills and two blocks for the Nor’easters.
With a 5-1 record, Newington will next face Farmington for a road match on Monday, Apr. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Thomaston 127, Terryville 13: Katie Deforest was victorious in the mile and 800 meter as the only two events the Kangaroos won.
Deforest finished the mile in 5:35.0, then claimed the win in the 800 in 2:37.9.
Thomaston won every other event to take the meet.
Terryville will host Housatonic Regional and Northwestern on Tuesday, Apr. 27 at 3:45 p.m.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Thomaston 106, Terryville 12: The Kangaroos won the mile on the boys side as well as Nick Fusco got the victory.
Fusco finished in 4:50.6 to grab Terryville’s only points of the meet.
The Kangaroos will host Housatonic Regional and Northwestern on Tuesday, Apr. 27 at 3:45 p.m.
Southington 4, New Britain 1
At New Britain
Southington 210 001 0 -- 4 8 2
New Britain 000 001 0 -- 1 4 3
W -- Vin Borghese (S); L -- Chris Gibbs (NB)
HR: Dante D’Amore (S).
Records: Southington 4-0, New Britain 2-3.
PLAINVILLE 12, ROCKY HILL 0
At Rocky Hill
Plainville 200 0(10) – 12 5 0
Rocky Hill 000 0 0 - 0 5 2
W – Brennan Staubley, L – Nick Aderhold
2B – Alec Couture (P) 2.
Records: Plainville 3-3, Rocky Hill 2-3.
ST. PAUL 22, WATERTOWN 12
At St. Paul
Watertown 010 380 – 12 8 7
St. Paul 250 294 – 22 16 2
W – Mario Izzo, L – Jake Gambee
2B – Henry Marino (W) 2, Pat Mazzamaro (W), John Biolo (W), Steve Morreli (SP), Ryan Daniels (SP); HR – Jake Gambee (W), Mario Izzo (SP) 2, Casey Cerruto (SP) 2.
Records: Watertown 4-2, St. Paul 6-1.
SHEPAUG VALLEY 21, TERRYVILLE 13
Shepaug Valley 202 (12)21 2 – 21 28 1
Terryville 304 4 10 1 – 13 12 3
W – Rachel Hofmann, L – Tiffany Pires.
2B – Tiffany Pires (T), Brooke Donaghey (SV), Gianna Farrow (T), Kate Mieczowski (SV), Emma Farrow (T), Abigail Harty (SV), Lacy Lyons (T), Jessica Kisling (SV), Anna Sprong (SV), Haylie Lasky (SV); 3B – Emma Farrow (T), Sophia Granata; HR – Brooke Donaghey, Jessica Kisling.
Records: Shepaug Valley 2-1, Terryville 0-1.
Newington 20, East Hartford 1
East Hartford 000 10 -- 1 3 3
Newington 1(16)2 1x -- 20 13 2
W -- Jaelyn Gonzalez (N); L -- Caitlyn Breault (EH)
2B: Ella Stair 2 (N)
Records: Newington 3-2.
ST. PAUL 181, CANTON 222
At Westwood Golf Course, Farmington
St. Paul: Erin Downes 35, Sami Millerick 39, Quinn Burns 46, Maddy Kurnik 61.
Canton: Shiloh Blumenfeld 46, Sophie Robinson 57, Landon Miner 59, Leeya Mainville 60.
Records: St. Paul 2-0, Canton 0-2.
Newington 3, Wolcott Tech 0
At Wolcott Tech
25-18, 25-12, 25-11
Highlights: Jacob Baclawski 11 kills, 4 aces, 10 digs (N), Joshua Akosa 12 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs (N), Eni Lici 29 assists, 9 kills, 3 blocks (N), Sean Stegmaier 7 kills, 2 blocks (N)
Records: Newington 5-1, Wolcott Tech 1-3.