By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights baseball team (14-4) kept the door open to one of the team’s goals on the season with three wins this past week.
Five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning lift the Knights past Simsbury (15-4) in a crucial divisional, home win on Monday night, May 18. The win gave the Knights a share of first place in the CCC West with Simsbury.
Brett Shaw went 3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles, and a RBI. Ryan DeAngelo went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a triple. Drew Farkas pitched a complete game and threw nine strikeouts against 24 batters, allowing four hits, three walks, and one earned run.
“It was a big game because it had conference implications,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We avenged a loss and the kids came back from a 5-1 deficit, which is a great sign. Simsbury’s a great team, but we were able to hold on. I was happy with that. We had a really tough week last week. It all started with the Greenwich game and then we lost a couple more that week, but hopefully we’ve put that week behind us and we’re on to a week of good play now.”
The Knights hosted Newington (8-11) a couple nights later in another vital, divisional win, 5-2. The Knights won the first meeting between both teams earlier this month, 16-1.
Adam Wilson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Garrett Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with a RBI, a run, and a double. Austin Bumbera started the game on the mound with nine strikeouts against 22 batters in six innings, allowing six walks, four hits, and one earned run. Shaw closed the game with one strike out, allowing three hits and one earned run.
“I thought we swung the bats pretty good,” the coach said. “We got three runs early and I thought Austin threw really well. Austin pitched a great game, then Brett came in and closed it out.”
The Knights set out for Wethersfield (8-10) on Friday for their third-straight win on a very windy day, 4-1.
Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run. Zac Susi drove in three of the team’s runs on a double and sacrifice fly. Gugliotti started the game on the mound with four strikeouts against 25 batters in 6.3 innings, allowing six hits and two walks. Farkas closed the game with two strikeouts, allowing no hits, walks, or runs.
“Garrett Gugliotti pitched a really good game,” said Lembo. “Then he kind of got a little tired in the seventh. His pitch count got elevated and we had to make a change. He had pitched well through six. At the plate, he doubled twice off the high fence in left field. If the fence was 20 feet high, both of them might have been out. We left guys on base again so we have to drive those guys in. Defensively, we made the plays and didn’t give them extra outs or bases. Overall, we played a good game and it was nice to end the week on that.”
The Knights will close out the regular season this week with their last divisional game against New Britain (11-7) and a non-divisional game against East Catholic (17-1), both on the road. The Knights won the first meeting against New Britain earlier this month, 7-0.