By John Goralski
The early road trip came to a close with Southington’s first perfect week of the early season. With convincing wins over Tolland and Conard, the Blue Knight baseball team improved to 3-1.
“Guys stepped up,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We had two games where we executed both offensively and defensively. You’re going to win games when you do that.”
Now comes the fun part. The Knights will play two games at home this week and a three-game homestand will follows shortly after.
Southington fans are finally going to get a look at their local team.
Tolland batters rallied for three hits and one run in the first inning, but that was as far as they would get. On Monday, April 14, sophomore pitcher Drew Farkas allowed just two more hits over the next four inning, and Southington rallied to a 7-1 win.
Farkas earned the victory just five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Jake Molgano and Joe Daigle combined for two innings of scoreless relief, and the Knights improved to 2-1 with the victory.
“He threw a great game, and it was a tough day to pitch,” Lembo said about his rookie starter. “The winds were about 20 or 25 miles sustained gusts, and it was blowing straight out. That’s tough, but Drew did a great job.”
The Blue Knight rallied for seven runs on eight hits, scoring scored twice in the second inning and putting the game out of reach with a three-run rally in the fourth.
Ryan DeAngelo went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Joe Rivera went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Zac Susi and Brett Shaw scored twice, and the Knights pulled away for the win.
“We strung together some runs and hits. They scored one in the first inning, but we came back and scored two to get back on top and stayed there,” said Lembo. “We were hitting the ball pretty well, and defensively we did a good job.”
Shut out at Conard
For his second straight start, Rivera shut down an opposing offense. On Wednesday, it resulted in his first win of the season.
Rivera fanned nine batters and only walked two over six innings, and Conard managed just one runner in scoring position. Kyle Cole closed the game with one inning of scoreless relief.
“Joe came out, and he was pitching well,” said Lembo. “He was spotting his pitches up, and we got some runs early. He was hitting his spots and had a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings.”
At the plate, Southing-ton rallied for six runs on eight hits. Nick Calabrese went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, while Rivera (1 run) and Shaw (2 runs) each went 2-for-3. The Knights scored twice in the second inning and added solo runs in each of the last four innings.
Now, the Knights will look to carry that momentum into a short home stand with conference match-ups against NW Catholic (4-0) and Farmington (2-1).
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