By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knight baseball team won two out of three games during the week, sandwiching their first loss of the season between a pair of lopsided victories. Southington (7-1) needs just one more win to secure a postseason return.
The Knights started with the Hall Warriors (4-7) on Monday, April 27 where they won on their home diamond, 7-1.
Austin Bumbera made a spectacular catch in center field. Second baseman Ryan DeAngelo kickstarted a double play to end another threat, and Zac Susi threw out a runner after a wild pitch in the dirt.
“I would have liked to see the bats be a little more alive, but I thought we did some really good things today,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “Garret hit the ball hard. We hit the ball hard a few times.”
Garret Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a double, and a run scored. Alex Gorr went 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI.
On the mound, Gugliotti picked up the win for the Knights after pitching all but one out of the game and throwing five strikeouts and allowing five hits, one earned run, and two walks.
“He wanted to stay in, but his pitch count got up,” said Lembo. I didn’t want to pull a Matt Harvey on him, but it started cooling off. Maybe we can keep him in later in the season on a warmer day. We have to get some of these other guys some innings and experience too. He did well when he started getting ahead, but when you fall behind sometimes, you have to come right down the middle and you’re going to get hit in those situations.”
Neil Kelley led the Warriors with two hits and scored the teams’ only run.
Streak ends at Simsbury
The Knights’ only loss of the week and the season thus far came a couple days later at Memorial Park in Simsbury against the Trojans (8-2), 9-2.
Susi, DeAngelo, Liam Scafariello, and Adam Wilson were the only Knights to each get a hit. Scafariello’s hit came on a double. Susi and Scafariello scored the only two runs for the Knights, and Simsbury never trailed.
“The bottom line is that they outplayed us in every facet of the game,” said Lembo. “We did not play well right from the get go. I have to give Simsbury credit. They played well and made every play. Their pitcher threw a great game against us. We just weren’t sharp, and they were.”
Drew Farkas was credited with the loss, pitching in 1.3 innings. Chris Vega came in to finish off the game, pitching in 4.7 innings and throwing three strikeouts.
John Patrina led the Trojans by going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs, including a double.
The Knights rounded up the week by on the road on Friday and recovered from Wednesday’s loss with a convincing, 16-1 win over the Newington Indians (5-5).
Eight guys in the lineup were a part of the elevens total hits the Knights got in the game, and five different players scored home runs in the win.
“Our guys realized that they did not play well, Wednesday night against Simsbury,” said Lembo. “They came out swinging the bats. They were a little angry as a team that we didn’t play well the day before and they wanted to get back on right track. Everyone hit up and down the order. Guys were driving in runs and getting hits with runners in scoring position. It was a great game coming back from a defeat.”
Susi (4-for-4, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Scafariello (1-for-2, 4 RBI, 2 runs), Gorr (RBI, 2 runs), Wilson (3 RBI, 1 run), and Brett Shaw (2 RBI, 1 run) hit homeruns for the