Baseball drama saves the best for last

Justin Makles drives in the tying run on May 5. The Southington win over Hall was the third walk-off victory in a row for the Knights.

Justin Makles drives in the tying run on May 5. The Southington win over Hall was the third walk-off victory in a row for the Knights.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

Down 3-2 with two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, Garrett Gugliotti came up to the plate and took the first strike. On the next pitch, he hit a bloop pop fly that just made it out of the infield towards right field.

When the ball fell to the ground, Tyler Cyr came around to score, giving the Blue Knights (9-2) their third-straight walk-off win with a 4-3 victory over Hall (4-5) at home on Thursday, May 5.

“We didn’t really play a clean game and made a few mistakes,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We didn’t swing the bats until we needed to, but I could have said the same thing for all three games. We give them a few runs on errors or mistakes, and then we find a way to come back. I don’t know if we could keep living this dangerously though.”

The Warriors got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the opening inning off of an error and a base hit. The Knights tied the contest after Ryan McIntyre scored Brayden Cooney on a sacrifice fly in the second and Jonathan Gray on an RBI single in the fourth.

The Warriors regained the lead, 3-2, in the top of the seventh off of a base hit. Bunko led the bottom of the inning off and made it to first base on an error committed by the third baseman. With one out, Justin Makles drove in Bunko on a base knock to tie the game. Cyr got on base by hitting into a force out at second base, bringing Gugliotti up to bat.

Drew Farkas hurls a strike during a win over Hall. Farkas is 3-1 for the Knights this year with a 1.25 ERA.

Drew Farkas hurls a strike during a win over Hall. Farkas is 3-1 for the Knights this year with a 1.25 ERA.

Makles went 2-for-3 with a RBI. Southington totaled just six hits in the game and committed three errors. Hall totaled eight hits and committed one error.

Drew Farkas pitched a complete game for the Knights, throwing nine strikeouts and allowing eight hits, one walk, and one earned run.

Going forward, Lembo said that they have to limit giving the other team more outs each inning.

“We can’t keep giving them more than three outs in an inning,” the coach said. “And that means that we can’t make mistakes and errors. Errors are going to happen, but we have to limit them. We also have limit our strikeouts and put the ball in play more to put pressure on the other team.”

Lembo went on to say that he was very happy with his team’s ability to focus when the game is on the line and come through in the end.

The Knights will look to build on their six-game winning streak this week when they host EO Smith (8-3) on Monday, May 9, Glastonbury (6-5) on Wednesday, May 11, and Bulkeley-Weaver (2-10) on Friday, May 13. The Knights will play their only road game of the week at Berlin (9-1) on Tuesday, May 10.

Southington is currently seventh in Class LL and tied for first with Glastonbury in the Blue Division of the CCC Central with a 4-1 record. Amity (12-1) leads Class LL.

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at bjennings@southingtonobserver.com.

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