Knights hit midseason slump

 

Justin Makles stops a steal at second base during a loss to Glastonbury.

Justin Makles stops a steal at second base during a loss to Glastonbury.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

Just as they escaped with three-straight walk off wins, the Blue Knights (9-5) suffered three-straight losses over this past week.

“We need to execute better,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We lost there games where if we had executed better, we probably could have won two of the three or all three of them. We pitched well in some instances, but we also made too many mistakes in each of those games.”

Put out by Panthers

The three-game skid started at home on Monday, May 9 for Southington against EO Smith, where the Knights were edged out by a run, 1-0.

The Panthers scored the lone run of the game with one out in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly to left field.

John Mikosz (triple), Jonathan Gray, and Kyle Bunko came up with Southington’s only three hits. EO Smith mustered just three hits as well. Both teams committed one error.

Ryan Sheehan pitched a complete game and threw seven strikeouts, allowing three hits, two walks, and an earned run.

Beaned at Berlin

The Knights set out for Zipadelli Field at Sage Park the next day and fell short by a run for a second-straight game to Berlin, 6-5.

The Redcoats took a 4-1 lead after the fourth inning, but the Knights jumped in front, 5-4, in the top of the fifth.

With one out and the base loaded, Tyler Cyr drove in Brayden Cooney, Ryan McIntyre, and Jake Walasewicz on a bases-clearing triple. Cyr eventually came around to score on an error by the third baseman, and Gray brought Garrett Gugliotti in on a base hit.

The Redcoats tied the contest with a RBI double in the bottom of the inning, and eventually took the lead with another RBI double in the sixth.

Gray went 2-for-3 with a RBI, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. Walasewicz went 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.

Gugliotti started on the mound and went five and one-third innings with eight hits, six earned runs, three walks, and two strikeouts. Luke Krochko closed the game out to get the last two strikeouts of the game.

Southington totaled six hits and committed one error. Berlin totaled eight hits and committed three errors.

Tagged by Tomahawks

Southington returned home to host Glastonbury on Wednesday and was defeated by the Tomahawks, 6-1.

The Tomahawks scattered runs in the third, fourth, and fifth inning, but three runs in the sixth made the difference.

Sheehan batted in the Knights only run of the game by drawing a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Gray. Gugliotti and Cooney both went 2-for-4.

Drew Farkas started on the mound and went four and one-third innings with six hits, five walks, three earned runs, and three strikeouts. Krochko relieved Farkas to go one and two-thirds with five hits, three earned runs, and three strikeouts. Mikosz closed out the game with a hit.

Southington totaled five hits and committed two errors. Glastonbury totaled 12 hits and committed two errors.

“The pitching’s been there,” said Lembo. “I think we need a better approach at the plate in certain situations. The guys have to realize that there are important times in games where we need to get a base hit or get a bunt down. And those are things that we’ve been working on and talking to them about.”

The Knights will look to recover this week against Avon (10-5), Conard (3-13), Windsor (10-5), and East Catholic (13-3).

Southington is currently 14th in Class LL and 13th in the CCC with a 4-2 record in the Blue Division of the CCC Central.

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