The Lady Knights (14-1) swept three games last week, but as the No. 2 team in Class LL fights for the top seed, Southington coach Davina Hernandez said that she has been noticing a strong progression.
“I think the tournament is in the back of a lot of people’s minds,” she said. “We’re going to focus game by game at this point of the season. We have been stepping it up, and our fundamentals have been improving too.”
The Knights began the week at South Windsor (8-6) on Monday, May 9 where they posted their ninth shutout of the year with a 5-0 victory. Southington only mustered five hits in the game, but still managed to scatter runs in the fourth and seventh inning, including three runs in the sixth.
Michelle Woodruff, Maighread Scafariello, and Katie Semmel each contributed with an RBI. Woodruff, Scafariello (double), Brenna Sarantides, Abby Lamson, and Semmel (double) produced the team’s only hits. Woodruff, Emily Mankus, Sarah Myrick, Chrissy Marotto, and Semmel all scored runs.
Sarantides pitched a complete game, throwing 15 strikeouts and allowing four hits.
Southington welcomed Rocky Hill (12-1) to their home field the next day and handed the Terriers their first loss of the season by triumphing 3-2.
After three scoreless innings, Sarantides led the fourth inning off with a single, and Scafariello drew a walk with one out. Natalie Wadolowski drove in Sarantides on a fielder’s choice, and Janette Wadolowski kept the scoring going by bringing in Scafariello and Natalie Wadolowski on a base hit.
The Terriers tried to rally back, but they would fall a run short after putting up two runs in the sixth.
“Sometimes it does just take the ball to bounce the wrong or right way,” said Hernandez. “We took a couple chances with some doubles steals late in the game. That really says a lot about the work that we’ve put in on the bases.”
Sarantides went 2-for-3 at the plate and scattered 10 strikeouts, three hits, and two earned runs over 5.7 innings to get the win. Kara Zazzaro closed out the game with three strikeouts.
The Knights set out for Memorial Park in Simsbury (4-9) on Wednesday, but weather only permitted five innings of play as Southington prevailed, 10-1. The Knights posted three runs in the second, third, and fourth inning, adding a run in the first.
Sarantides went 3-for-3 with a RBI. Natalie Wadolowski went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a RBI, and a double. Amanda Delorme went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Woodruff went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Scafariello went 2-for-4 with a double.
Sarantides earned the win, scattering five strikeouts and one hit over three innings. Zazzaro pitched six strikeouts over the next three innings, and Delaney Picard closed out the game.
The Knights will look to continue their fight for the top seed with games against Avon (4-9), Conard (11-3), and Hall (4-7).
“”We would we love to get back to that state championship game and be able to compete again? Absolutely,” said the coach. “But there are a lot of games in the way of that.”
The Knights only trail Cheshire (16-0) in the Class LL standings.