By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights baseball team finished the week with three wins and a loss, but as Southington coach Charlie Lembo explains, there is still some work to do before the start of the Class LL tournament.
“We have two regular season games remaining, so we’d like to try to finish 14-6 and go into the tournament with a little momentum,” said Lembo. “We have things that we have to work on as a team, but every team does. We’re all striving to get better everyday. We’ll get back at it and come ready to play Tuesday and Wednesday.”
The Knights began the week at home against Avon on Monday, May 16 and recorded their first shutout of the year in a 9-0 win over the Falcons. The Knights opened the first inning with three runs, adding three more runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Ryan Sheehan pitched a complete game and held the Flacons to just one hit, throwing nine strikeouts.
Brayden Cooney went 2-for-2 with two RBI, two runs scored, a double, and a walk. Garrett Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Knights totaled eight hits and committed one error.
The next day, Southington went out to Windsor where they overpowered the Warriors, 10-2, with 10 hits, scoring at least one run in every inning, but one.
Drew Farkas pitched a complete game and tossed 12 strikeouts, giving up five hits, a pair of walks, and one earned run.
Gugliotti went 2-for-3 with three RBI, three runs scored, a homerun, and a double. Cooney went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two homeruns. John Mikosz went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jake Bentz went 2-for-3.
The Knights returned home on Wednesday and defeated the Conard, 9-2. The Knights took an 8-0 lead entering the fourth inning, posting four runs in the first.
Gugliotti went 2-for-4 with a RBI, a run scored, and a walk. Bentz went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a walk.
Gugliotti was credited with the win after going five innings with three strikeouts, allowing five hits, three walks, and one earned run. Luke Krochko closed the game out a strikeout and a pair of walks.
Southington suffered its sixth loss of the season a couple days later at home on senior night to East Catholic, 3-0. The Eagles outhit the Knights 3-2 in the game.
The Eagles scored a run in the third on a balk and tacked on two more in the fifth off of a RBI double.
Krochko started the game on the mound and went four innings with six strikeouts, surrendering three walks, one hit, and an earned run. Sheehan threw an inning in relief, and Mikosz closed the game out with five strikeouts and two walks.
“They made the plays and their pitcher did a great job tonight,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “He did a really good job moving the ball in and out, keeping our guys off balance. It looked like he had a little bit of movement and a tail on his fastball. You’re not going to win many games with two hits. We just need to find a way to swing the bats a little better.”
Lembo said that the Knights’ pitching rotation was solid, and he was happy to get different players into lineup on senior night, but East Catholic just played better.
“Really, that’s what it comes down to, but that’s baseball,” the coach said. “I think they did a good job, but we didn’t really make many errors either. It was just who got the few extra hits and who drove in some runs. That’s what’s going to happen with two good teams. They’re well-coached and they play hard, but we look forward to playing them again next year.”
The Knights (12-6) will conclude their regular season this week with games against Simsbury (12-6) and Bulkeley-Weaver (5-13). Southington is 5-2 in the Blue Division of the CCC Central and 11th in Class LL.