By John Goralski
In the bottom of the fifth inning a Lady Knight fielder misplayed the softball, and a Farmington runner raced out the ball to second. She advanced to third base on a passed ball, but that’s as far as she got.
An infield ground ball and two strikeouts secured the no-hitter. Southington won their second straight mercy rule contest with a 24-0 win.
That one mis-played ball was the only blemish all week. That one baserunner was the only one to leave the batter’s box as Kendra Friedt retired every other batter she faced in two conference wins.
Friedt opened the week on Monday, April 21 with a perfect game at NW Catholic. The junior hurler struck out 12 batters without surrendering a hit or a walk. NW Catholic hitters managed just two balls outside the infield and both were caught in centerfield.
Two days later, Friedt was at it again. She struck out 11 batters without surrendering a walk or a hit. The only runner on base occurred in the final inning of a lopsided blow-out.
Kaitlin Paterson had two homeruns, and Rachel Dube had another. Lauren Zazzaro and Sydney Ferrante scored triples. Lady Knight batters combined for 16 runs on 18 hits as they cruised past NW Catholic in a Mercy Rule shutout on Monday.
Wadolowski went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI, and a double. Paterson, Zazzaro, and Dube went 2-for-4. Ferrante and Haley Arduini went 2-for-3.
Southington rallied for three runs in the first inning, four runs in the each of the next two innings, and capped the rally with a five-run fourth. The game was called after five innings, and Southington earned a 16-0 win.
Fifteen batters stepped to the plate in a 12-run fourth inning as Southington raced past Farmington, 24-0.
Ferrante had two homeruns, and Dube added another. Arduini scored a triple as Southington batters rallied for 19 hits and 24 runs.
Zazzaro paced the attack, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and five runs scored. Dube went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, and Caroline Burke went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. . Ferrante (4 runs, 4 RBI), Wadolowski (1 run, 2 RBI), and Arduini (3 runs, 1 RBI) all had multiple hits.
With the two wins, Southington improved to 8-0 to retain sole possession of first place as the only undefeated team in the Class LL standings.
Next up, the girls will face off against Maloney (8-0) in a battle of unbeatens before returning to conference action with games against Hall (0-6) and Simsbury (2-4).