Softball is poised for another postseason rally

Emily Mankus drives a ball deep during a victory over Hall. Southington is ready to make its annual run at a state title.

Emily Mankus drives a ball deep during a victory over Hall. Southington is ready to make its annual run at a state title.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights continued to fight for a top seed in Class LL last week, adding three more wins to their resume. Cheshire finished its regular season with a 20-0 record, but the Knights were still able to take first place in the CCC, secure home field advantage, and amass a 10-game win streak.

Avon in five

Southington began the week at Fisher Meadow in Avon on Monday, May 16, where the Knights triumphed over the Falcons in five innings, 16-0.

Southington built a 12-0 advantage after the first three innings, opening the game with six runs in the first. Southington totaled 21 hits with 14 RBI.

Michelle Woodruff went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Nicolette St. Amand went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Emily Mankus went 4-for-5 with three RBI, and three runs scored. Tori Aldieri went 2-for-2 with a RBI. Janette Wadolowski went 3-for-3 with three RBI, and two runs scored.

Brenna Sarantides went two innings as the starter with four strikeouts, giving up just one hit and one walk. Kara Zazzaro pitched two innings in relief, and Delaney Picard closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts.

Conquering Conard

A couple days later, the Knights ventured to West Hartford and rallied from a one-run deficit to defeat Conard, 3-1. Southington mustered just four hits, but got the win.

The Chieftains took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the fifth inning after scoring a run on a fielding error. With two runners on and no outs in the top of the sixth, Amanda Delorme brought St. Amand and Sarah Myrick in on a RBI double to give the Knights a one-run lead. Two outs later, Mankus capped off the rally with a base hit that drove in Delorme.

Sarantides was credited with the win after going 5 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts, surrendering three walks and one hit. Zazzaro closed out the game with three strikeouts and a walk.

11th shutout

Southington remained in West Hartford on Saturday, recording the team’s 11th shutout this spring with a 16-0 victory at Hall. The Knights blew open a 2-0 game with five runs in the sixth inning and nine in the seventh.

Southington totaled 16 hits and 13 RBI, committing one error.

Woodruff went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and two runs scored. St. Amand went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored, and a sacrifice fly. Natalie Wadolowski went 2-for-3 with four RBI, three runs scored, and two home runs. Frankie Ferrante went 3-for-5 with four RBI, two runs scored, and two triples. Katie Semmel went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Sarantides went six innings on the circle, throwing nine strikeouts and allowing three walks and a hit. Zazzaro tossed the last three outs of the game.

The Knights (17-1) will close the curtain on their regular season at home against Bulkeley (0-18) on Monday, May 23.

Southington clinched the Blue Division title of the CCC Central with an 8-0 record and is second in Class LL behind Cheshire.

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