By John Goralski
Davina Hernandez was forced to switch her lineup with two starters nursing injuries at the start of the week, and the coach decided to rest her starter to give Brenna Sarantides a chance to throw some pitches.
The Knights never missed a step.
The Knights opened the week with a pair of mercy rule blow-outs and finished the week by knocking off a top 10 team in a rout.
“I wasn’t really sure what the week would look like, but they’ve done a pretty good job,” said the coach. “All of the subs that came into play haven’t missed a beat, and that’s what you want to see. We definitely have depth, and that’s always a good thing to see when the subs come in.”
The string of eight shutouts came to an end last week, but with eight games left in the regular season, the Lady Knights (12-0) are clearly the ones to beat.
Sydney Ferrante’s two run home run in the second inning capped a five run rally to end any chance at a Newington comeback. On Monday, May 5, Kendra Friedt and Sarantides combined for three hits and a shutout as Southington rallied to a 15-0 road win.
At the plate, 10 batters combined for 18 hits. Kaitlin (4-for-4) and Haley Arduini (3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI) scored triples. Ferrante went 3-fopr-3 with three runs scored and two runs batted in.
Friedt left the game with a no-hitter after three innings. Sarantides allowed just one hit and two earned runs. On Tuesday, May 6, the Knights made some uncharacteristic lapses, but it didn’t seem to matter.
Southington was leading, 11-2, when they put the game out of reach with a 10-run rally in the fourth inning, and they held on for a 21-2 victory after five innings.
Despite the lopsided victory, Hernandez wasn’t happy with her team’s three errors.
“I’m looking for discipline,” she said. “Discipline at the plate and when they do put the ball in play. We weren’t ready a couple of times. We made some mistakes, and that tells me that even though the score was 21-2, we definitely have some things to work on for sure.”
On the other hand, Southington hitters combined for 21 runs on 14 hits. Ferrante went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, two runs, and four RBI. Paterson (4 runs, 2 RBI), Dani Ahern (2 runs), Isabella Rossi (2 runs, 4 RBI), and Caroline Burke (3 runs, RBI) scored multiple hits in the victory.
Hitting the Rams
Bristol Central was ranked No. 9 in a recent state poll, but they were no match for top-ranked Southington on Wednesday, May 7.
Friedt threw 5 1/3 no hit innings as the Knights surged to an 11-run lead. The Rams manufactured two runs in their final at bat to spoil the shutout, but Southignton improved to 12-0 with their 34th consecutive victory.
Southington hitters combined for 12 hits in the victory. Ferrante led the way with three hits, including a triple and a double, to finish the game with a trio of RBI. Paterson went 2-for-5 with four RBI. Lauren Zazzaro (2-for-5) had two RBI, and Burke (2-for-4) scored twice in the bottom of the lineup.
Southington rallied for three runs in the second inning, put the game out of reach with a five-run rally in the fifth inning and held on for the win.
The Knights are one of four undefeated teams remaining in the CIAC and are the only undefeated team in Class LL. The girls will look to continue the streak this week with games against Conard (5-6), NW Catholic (7-6), and Farmington (6-7).