By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights (11-1) extended their winning streak to four games with a 9-0 shutout against Glastonbury in their lone game of the week. The Knights have yet to give up a run in their last four games.
On Thursday, May 5, the Knights posted four runs in the fourth and sixth innings, along with a run in the first, while blanking the Tomahawks.
Amanda Delorme went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, a double, and a triple. Emily Mankus went 2-for-4. Katie Semmel and Janette Wadolowski each contributed with a RBI, a run scored, and a triple. Frankie Ferrante, Michelle Woodruff, Chrissy Marotto, Nicky St. Amand, and Sarah Myrick each scored.
Brenna Sarantides went three innings as the starter, throwing four strikeouts with three walks. Kara Zazzaro closee out the game with eight strikeouts and a walk.
The Knights won easily, but Southington coach Davina Hernandez said that the competition has been better than years’ past.
“Many times this year, we’ve driven the ball right at people,” said Hernandez. “But on the same note, we’ve also noticed an improvement throughout the league, especially in the defense. Pretty much, every team that we’ve played has gotten better every year.”
With a spot already clinched in the Class LL tournament, Hernandez said that the focus switches to fundamentals and execution.
“I expect those beginning-of-the-season jitters, like mistakes on the base paths, not to happen anymore,” the coach said. “We want to be more instinctive, but we’re doing a good job with being more confident at this point. Overall, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing, and stay calm and composed because that’s in our nature and culture.”
With six games left in the regular season, the Knights will look to fight for the top seed in the Class LL tournament this week when they travel to South Windsor (5-5) and Simsbury (4-6). The Knights are also scheduled to host Rocky Hill (10-0) and Bulkeley (0-13).
Southington is currently second in Class LL behind Cheshire (13-0).