By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (3-1) continued their eight-game road stretch and went 2-1 over the week.
Extra inning win
The Knights jumped out to a commanding 7-0 lead after the third inning, but it took extra innings to put away Conard on April 11.
The Chieftains cut the deficit to four runs by the bottom of the fifth and tied the game with a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with two walks, a single, and a double with two outsto send the game into extra innings.
Jonathan Gray led off with a walk in the top of the eighth inning. And with one down in the eighth, John Mikosz drove in Gray on an RBI double, eventually scoring from third on an error made by Conard’s first baseman to give the Knights a two-run cushion heading into the bottom of the inning.
The Knights threw a strikeout and made two routine plays to first base to close out the win.
Mikosz went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, two runs, and two doubles. Tyler Cyr, Gray, and Gugliotti each scored twice. Kyle Bunko had an RBI and a score.
Ryan Sheehan started the game on the mound for the Knights and went five innings with five strikeouts, allowing four hits, three walks, and two earned runs. Bailey Robarge was credited with the win, going two innings with three strikeouts and allowing two walks. Luke Krochko closed out the eighth inning with a strikeout.
Knights sink Simsbury
Southington remained out on the road a couple days later on Wednesday, reaching their third-straight win at Memorial Park Baseball Field in a 9-3 victory over Simsbury (2-1).
The Knights built a 5-1 lead by the end of the third inning, and scattered runs over the next three innings. Southington did most of their damage in the second inning, scoring three runs off of two singles, a double, and a walk. The Trojans scored one run in the third and two runs in the fourth.
Mikosz went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, two walks, a double, and a run scored. Cooney went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a solo homerun, a double, and an RBI. Gray went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double. Bunko went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Southington totaled 10 hits.
Drew Farkas scattered nine strikeouts and four walks over six innings to get the win. Krochko closed out the game with three strikeouts and a walk.
First loss at Avon
Southington’s luck came to an end on Friday with their first loss of the season at Avon.
The Falcons took leads in the first inning and the third inning, but Cooney answered both runs to tie the score. He scored in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Jake Babon and tied the game, 2-2, with a solo homerun in the fourth.
The Falcons took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning, took a 5-2 lead into the final inning, and held on for a 5-3 win.
Gugliotti pitched a complete game for the Knights, throwing seven strikeouts and allowing six hits, two earned runs, and a walk. Southington finished with three hits and committed four errors. Avon finished with six hits and committed three errors.
The Knights are set to continue road stretch this week with contests at Glastonbury (1-2) on Tuesday, Hall (1-2) on Friday, and Greenwich (3-2) on Saturday. Southington is currently first in the CCC Central Blue Division.