By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights baseball team was back in action this week with a pair of victories over Farmington and Bristol Central.
The week began at Tunxis Mead Park on Wednesday, April 22 against the Farmington Indians (3-4) and did not stop the streak they had going. Drew Farkas took the mound and battled through winds and passing thunderstorms to score a 14-3 win.
Farkas threw 10 strikeouts and a walk and allowed three hits and three earned runs. Farkas also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double to bat in two RBI.
“Drew went out there and pitched five innings, and we needed him to go five because we had a big lead in the third inning and with the weather moving in, we had to get five full innings in to have the game be official,” said Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo. “At one point, we were just throwing fastballs right down the middle just so we could get that fifth inning completed.”
The Knights offense totaled 15 hits and batted in 13 of their 14 runs.
Garrett Gugliotti swung the bat well for the Knights, going 4-for-5 with a RBI and two doubles.
Ryan DeAngelo followed by going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Zac Susi went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a triple, and a walk.
“I thought we played very well,” said the coach. “We got out to an early lead. We played a pretty clean game and didn’t make any errors. We just came out and hit the ball and played a solid game all around.”
Noah Gulino led the Indians by going 1-for-3 with three RBI and a double. Elijah Sicklick pitched 2.3 innings for the Indians and threw three strikeouts.
A couple of days later, the Knights hosted the Bristol Central Rams (2-4) in their first home game of the season. Southington remained unbeaten with a 10-2 win.
“I thought we swung really well, especially early on,” said Lembo. “Overall it’s a W, which is great, but I thought we could have executed better. We missed some situations where we could have scored some more runs and in close games, those are going to mean something.”
Focus and concentration are the two major factors that Lembo said his team needs to work on.
“You have to be able to play every pitch,” the Knights coach said. “You can’t have your mind wondering on a pitch, an inning, or an at-bat. There’s no reason to want to give up an at-bat. You go 0-2, hang in there and foul off a couple pitches. Those are just some of the things that maybe don’t show up in the box score, but are intangibles that help you win ball games.”
Susi went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a triple, and a double.
“We were just locked in and felt good at the beginning of the game,” said Susi. “We’ve been swinging the bat well all year so I think that it was good to continue it in this game. I think we’re seeing the right pitches and doing a good job with pitch selection. We’re onto the next game against Hall and just have to get better everyday.”
Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Kyle Bunko went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a double.
Austin Bumbera may have given up eleven hits in the game after pitching six innings, but was able to pick up the win for the Knights as he fought through soreness on the mound, throwing seven strikeouts and two walks, and allowing just one earned run.
“He did a good job,” said Susi. “He was throwing strikes the whole game and battled when he looked like he was injured. He came off a little tweaked up at the end of the game, but that’s what we want out of him, to go at least six innings just to give our bullpen a little rest today. He did it for us and I’m very proud of him.”
Out of the five games, the Knights have held a perfect record from a balanced performance of pitching, defense, and hitting, scoring 52 runs and only allowing 13.
The Knights travel on the road this week to try and stay undefeated against the Newington Indians (5-3).