Baseball stumbles in the CCC West race

John Mikosz zeroes in on a pitch during a 4-1 win over Farmington on May 13.

John Mikosz zeroes in on a pitch during a 4-1 win over Farmington on May 13.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

Losses to Farmington and Hall followed a lopsided win over NW Catholic. Two wins and a loss might have set the Blue Knights baseball team (11-4, 8-3 in the CCC West) back a smidge, but it still didn’t knock them out of contention for the CCC West division title.

The Knights hosted the Northwest Catholic Indians (6-10) on Monday night, May 11 in their lone win of the week, 10-0. The Knights won the first meeting between the teams back in mid April, 6-2.

Zac Susi went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run, including a double. Kyle DeAngelo went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a triple. John Mikosz went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Liam Scafariello went 3-for-3 with three runs and a double. Justin Makles contributed with a double.

Drew Farkas picked up the win on the mound for the Knights after going 6.3 innings, throwing seven strikeouts against 25 batters and allowing seven hits and two walks. Brett Shaw closed out the game with one strikeout.

Jack Manzi and Tyler Rice led the Indians each with two hits.

The Knights welcomed the Farmington Indians (9-7) to their home soil two nights later, just coming up short after a hard-fought, defensive game of eight innings, 4-1. The Knights won the first meeting between the teams back in late April, 14-3.

After the Indians answered the Knights’ only run from the bottom of the fifth with a run in the top of the sixth to make the game a stalemate after seven, the Indians responded with a three-run homer in the top of the eighth.

Susi went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a double. Shaw scored the Knights’ only run and contributed with a double as well. Garrett Gugliotti also had a double.

On the mound, Gugliotti scattered five strikouts, three walks, six hits, and one earned run over seven innings.

Quinn Welsh pitched 6.7 innings for the Indians and threw four strikeouts and one walk, allowing four hits and one earned run. Dave Maljanian led the Indians with three RBI, and one run.

“We didn’t perform at all,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We had a perfect game being thrown against us through five innings. We didn’t make any adjustments at the plate. I think out of those 15 outs, 14 of them may have been easy pop flies. It wasn’t like we couldn’t do anything. We had a chance to move runners over and we didn’t. I give their pitcher a lot of credit. He kept us off balance and did a great job. He threw a great game. It’s too bad because Garrett Gugliotti pitched a really good game for us. He was pitching his heart out and we weren’t supporting him.”

The Knights headed out for West Hartford on Friday to take on the Hall Warriors (8-9) in their only road game of the week. The Knights suffered their first back-to-back losses of the season, falling to the Warriors, 3-2. The Knights won the first meeting between the teams back in late April, 7-1.

The Warriors struck first with a run in the bottom of the third, but the Knights tied the game up, 1-1, after a solo homerun over the fence by Susi in the very next inning, which was his only hit of the game. The Warriors added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, which was just enough for the Knights’ one run in the top of the seventh.

Austin Bumbera lead the top of the seventh off with a single. Kyle DeAngelo and Mikosz would both follow up with singles, eventually scoring Bumbera. However, the Knights wouldn’t be able to drive in the tying runs.

Susi and Mikosz batted in the Knights’ only runs. Susi and Mike Taylor scored the team’s only two runs.

Bumbera pitched six innings for the Knights and threw seven strikeouts and three walks, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.

Sam Turner led the Warriors with two hits and a RBI. Francis Byrne pitched seven innings for the Warriors and threw five strikeouts and three walks, allowing four hits and two earned runs.

“It was just another one of those games where we hit the ball relatively hard, we just didn’t have a lot of hits going into the seventh inning. We just couldn’t get the tying run in. I thought Austin pitched a very good game. It was just one of those weeks where we hit the ball hard at times, right at people, but didn’t come up with a lot of hits. That happens.”

The Knights will look to move on and return to winning ways this week when they hit the road for Wethersfield to take on the Eagles (7-8).

 

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