By BRIAN JENNINGS
It wasn’t decided until the final week of the season, but the Blue Knight baseball team came out of the battle on top.
Two split games on the road and a 3-2 Simsbury (15-5, 10-4 in CCC West) loss to Farmington (12-8, 8-6 in CCC West) to end the regular season gives the Knights (15-5, 11-3 in CCC West) the division crown. Simsbury edged Farmington for second place in the conference race.
Southington started the week out with a 5-0 road win in New Britain (12-8) at Beehive Stadium in Willowbrook Park on Tuesday, May 26.
The DeAngelo family had themselves a day at the plate. Ryan DeAngelo went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, a triple, and a run. His brother, Kyle DeAngelo, went 3-for-4 with two runs and a triple.
Southington manufactured one-run innings in the second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, while the defense held the Hurricanes off the board.
Drew Farkas pitched a complete game and a shutout by throwing nine strikeouts against 24 batters, allowing just three hits and two walks in a complete game victory.
The Knights headed out Jim Penders Field in Manchester to visit East Catholic (19-1) in a non-conference bout to end the regular season and measure themselves for the postseason against the team with the best record in the state.
The Knights fought valiantly, but fell shot by only two runs in the contest, 5-3.
Adam Wilson went 2-for-2 with a solo homerun in the top of the sixth. Austin Bumbera pitched three innings and threw two strikeouts against 14 batters. Garrett Gugliotti pitched the next three innings, and threw one strikeout against eleven batters.
Southington struck first with a run in the top of the second inning, but East Catholic took the lead for good with a three run rally in the bottom of the third. Southington managed to score in each of the final two innings, but never regained the lead.
The Knights are scheduled to play No.26-seed Manchester (10-10) in the first round of the Class LL state tournament at home this week. Norwich Free Academy (17-3) is the No.1-seed, followed by Fairfield Prep (17-3) at the No.2-seed and Glastonbury (16-4) at the No.3-seed.