By BRIAN JENNINGS
A wild pitch may have cost the Blue Knights (5-2) a run and their only loss last week at Glastonbury, but Southington recovered with two road wins, one coming by a run against a team they suffered a defeat to last year.
Wild pitch decides it
Southington traveled to Glastonbury (2-3) on Tuesday, April 19 where they suffered their second-straight loss of the season by a run, 1-0.
Both teams totaled just four hits after four innings of play, leaving the game scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Tomahawks put runners on first and second from a base hit and an infield error.
A sacrifice bunt made the first out of the inning, but it also moved both runners to second and third, but a wild pitch during the fourth at-bat made the difference, scoring the winning run from third.
The Knights scattered just five hits in the game and committed one error. Glastonbury finished with four hits and committed one error.
Drew Farkas pitched a complete game for the Knights, throwing seven strikeouts and allowing four hits.
Hitting past Hall
A couple days later, Southington traveled to West Hartford and defeated Hall (2-3), 8-4. The Knights led 4-2 after four innings of play, but blew the game open with a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Tyler Cyr went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, a homerun, triple, sacrifice fly, and a walk. Ryan McIntyre went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk. Jonathan Gray went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Garrett Gugliotti started the game on the mound for the Knights and was credited with the win after going six innings with five strikeouts, allowing five hits, three earned runs, and three walks. Luke Krochko closed out the game, throwing two strikeouts and giving up just a hit and a walk.
The Knights finished with nine hits and committed two errors. The Warriors finished with six hits and committed three errors.
Clipping the Cardinals
Southington headed down to the shoreline on Saturday where they came away with a one-run triumph against Greenwich (4-3), 2-1.
Both teams scored their only runs of the game in the first inning. Cyr led the Knights off with a double, followed by Gugliotti with a base knock. Cry moved to third on Gugliotti’s single, and then tagged up on John Mikosz’s sacfrifice fly to put a run on the board for Southington.
Gugliotti advanced to third on a base hit by Brayden Cooney, and then stole home to score the winning run.
Cyr went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Ryan Sheehan pitched a complete game, throwing two strikeouts and allowing five hits and an earned run.
Southington tallied eight hits and Greenwich totaled five.
The Knights will look to continue their two-game winning streak when they travel to NW Catholic (7-0) on Monday, which will end a seven-game road stretch. The Knights open their home schedule against Farmington (3-4) on Wednesday, followed by another home matchup with Bristol Central (5-2) on Friday.
Southington is currently 10th in the CIAC’s Class LL rankings.