After suffering a home defeat to the second-ranked team in Class M, East Catholic, the Blue Knights baseball team recovered with two, comfortable wins last week to close out their regular season, which accomplished the team’s second goal of securing a divisional title.
“I think we’re playing good baseball right now,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “I think we’re coming around and playing well defensively. We’re hitting the ball, but have been getting good pitching all season long. Now it’s just time to get it together for the state tournament.”
The No. 8-seeded Knights (14-6) will host No. 25 Shelton (10-10) in the first round of the Class LL tournament on Tuesday, May 31 at 3:30pm.
“We just have to play our game and play up to our capabilities,” the coach said. “We’re not looking for guys to try to do too much or do more than they can. We just have to play our game, have good at-bats, and make routine plays. If we play a clean game, we’re going to get good pitching from our staff. It’s just a matter of going out and executing.”
At the end of the 2016 regular season, Mikosz led the Knights at the plate by going 25-for-64 with a batting average of .391, 19 RBI, and 10 runs scored. Garrett Gugliotti went 23-for-59 with a .390 batting average, 16 RBI, and 18 runs scored.
Farkas went 5-2 on the mound in eight games with an ERA of 1.51, 57 strikeouts, and four complete games. Sheehan went 4-1 in seven games with an ERA of 1.58, 38 strikeouts, four complete games, and a shutout.
CCC title clinched at Simsbury
Southington hosted Simsbury in their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday, May 24 and captured the Blue Division title of the CCC Central, finishing with a 6-2 divisional record, by defeating the Trojans, 9-1. The Knights scored six runs in the first inning and three in the fifth.
John Mikosz and Brandon Kohl each went 2-for-3 with a RBI, a run scored, and a double. Kyle Bunko went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
Drew Farkas pitched a complete game on the mound for the Knights with eight strikeouts, allowing five hits and an earned run.
Southington outhit Simsbury 8-5.
The next day, the Knights traveled to Colt Park in Hartford where they came away with a 12-run victory, 15-3, over Bulkeley-Weaver in their regular-season finale. Southington posted five runs in the second inning and four in the sixth and seventh innings.
Justin Makles went 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs scored, and a double. Mikosz went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored, and a double. Kohl went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a triple.
Ryan Sheehan started on the mound and went six innings with nine strikeouts, surrendering seven hits, two walks, and a pair of earned runs. Jonathan Gray struck out two of the last three batters of the game.
Southington outhit Bulkeley-Weaver 14-7 and committed one error.
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