WEST HARTFORD - Jason Pires believes his team is beginning to peak at just the right time of the season.
“We had this marathon game Saturday night against Bristol Eastern that we won in 13 innings and that kind of energized us,” the Berlin softball head coach said.
It certainly did on Tuesday.
Callie Gendron drove in five runs and Stefanie Poulin threw five shutout innings as the Redcoats cruised past Northwest Catholic 11-0.
Gendron went 2-for-2 with two doubles and also scored a run, while Lindsay Walsh went 3-for-4 and crossed home plate three times.
Berlin (9-6) scored at least two runs in every inning other than the second and fourth and finished with 10 hits as a team.
“The conditions weren’t great, so I thought we played well all things considered,” the head coach said. “It was cold day for May 13.”
Poulin, meanwhile, kept the Lions hitters off balance. She allowed just three hits and didn’t issue a walk compared to five strikeouts.
Southington 9, Newington 8 (9): Sam Sullivan’s leadoff triple set up a walk-off win for the Blue Knights thanks to a single by Chrissy Marotto in the ninth inning.
Both teams scored five runs in the fourth inning, and a run by Southington in the bottom of the sixth tied the game to set up extra innings.
Rachel Thureson went 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Indians, while Cyan Gonzalez went 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Nicole Greco recorded two hits for Southington, including a home run.
Southington 2, NFA 1: Looking for a boost in a 1-1 contest, the Blue Knights turned to Jack Meade.
With the bases empty in the fourth inning, Meade slugged a go-ahead home run and left the rest to starting pitcher Vin Spizzoucco, who held NFA scoreless after the second inning.
Southington smacked 10 hits in the game, but runs were hard to come by. Opposing starter Nick Gallivan was dealing until Meade’s solo shot, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Southington 3, Newington 2: With a top spot in the CCC Tournament on the line, the Blue Knights and Indians battled through another thrilling match that once again saw Southington come out on top.
Three sets went into extra time as the Blue Knights came away with a 3-2 victory, as the Indians finish the year with losses to Southington as their only blemishes on the season.
Mason Romano recorded 27 kills for Newington while adding three blocks. Leonel Caceres dished out 54 assists, while Collin Liedke added 18 digs in the losing effort for the Indians.
Newington 7, New Britain 0: The Indians continued to show why they are one of the most consistent teams in the CCC and perhaps in the state this season.
“Everyone from No. 1 singles down to doubles played well given the cold temperatures,” Newington head coach Sean Hussey said. “New Britain was a tough opponent and everyone played well today.”
Olivia Rozio, Emmy Petronio, Mara Klin and Abby Molloy beat JuJu Oliver, Audrey Belliveau, Claire Palin and Jenny Ketkeoasmy respectively in singles matches.
In doubles play, the duo of Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur; Kelly Iskra and Samantha Miller; and Michelle Novikova and Anusha Singh; won against the teams of Danya Alboslani and Sarah Belal; Layla Sahoobah and Zoe Hyres-Buley; and Kiara Matias and Tracy Asimbaya.
Southington 6, Tolland 1: A thrilling comeback victory in first doubles propelled the Blue Knights to a convincing victory against Tolland on Tuesday. The doubles duo of Kate Hardy and Isa Miani dropped the first set 6-2 before forcing a tiebreaker and eventually won the decisive set 11-9, in a set which they trailed 9-7 before claiming the next four points.
In less dramatic results, the Abby Murphy and Chantelle Gimenez won first and third singles by perfect scores of 6-0, 6-0, while Riley Tindall breezed through fourth singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win.
Southington 7, Manchester 0: The Blue Knights cruised to another clean sweep on Tuesday, with Manchester being the team’s latest victim.
Kade Huang-Savino dominated fourth singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Faiz Lilaporia, while Matt Balaoing and Andrew Kudla each won their singles matches by scores of 6-1, 6-1.
The sweep was in trouble during first doubles when Nate Zmarlicki and Mike Kwok dropped a close first set, but the duo bounced back to claim a thrilling 10-8 tiebreaker set to keep Southington flawless on the day.
New Britain 219, Bloomfield 255: The Hurricanes faced an uphill climb on Tuesday, looking for a win despite being without senior leader Manny Benitez, but the supporting cast rallied to get the job done.
A career-low 55 by Royce Wasik coupled with a medal-winning performance by Brandon Carlina led New Britain to victory, as the Hurricanes recorded the four-best scores of the match.
“I’m happy for Royce,” head coach Robert Zadrozny said. “He’s a great kid who has been working hard to improve.”
Carlina’s 52 secured the medal, while Arthur Bell followed close behind with a 54. Dylan Washington rounded out New Britain’s top finishers with a score of 58.
South Windsor 213, Plainville 222: The Blue Devils didn’t earn the win on Tuesday, but they left Hawks Landing with plenty to smile about, as the team recorded its best overall score of the year so far.
Haylie Garrison led Plainville with a 51, followed closely by Julia Smith, who shot a 52. Caitlin Chareste and Kaylee Markavich finished with scores of 59 and 60, respectively.
The match medalist went to Brooke Zajek, who shot a 42 as the lone representative of Southington High School.
Rocky Hill 84, New Britain 51: The Hurricanes didn’t come out with the desired result, but still had a number of standout performances.
Raven-Symone Jarrett won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the high jump. Rozalynn Smith won the long and triple jumps and placed second in the 100-meter dash, while Stella Ofei won the 100 meters and placed second in the 400 meters. Jaime Kelly took third in the 1600 meters and Nayari Moore finished second in the 200 meters and the high jump.