By BRIAN JENNINGS
It’s not surprising that the Lady Knight softball team is undefeated through their first five games of the season. It’s not surprising that they’ve given up just two runs to opponents through those five games. However, the one aspect of this year’s team that may take some by surprise is the depth that they carry.
“We have some girls that are getting some play at the JV level just because we have a very strong core group of girls that you’re definitely going to see this year,” said Southington coach Davina Hernandez. “The other day at Farmington, we had two girls come off the bench and hit homeruns. That speaks volume to the depth that we have.”
They don’t have too much size this year with the exception of a couple of players. Their team is much smaller than last year’s team with less left-handed batters that has the ability to drive the ball in the gap.
The Knights slugged the ball this past week with 45 hits in three games combined. They currently have six homeruns on the season, and four of them came this past week.
Hernandez said that the reason for such a hot start at the plate is rooted from the wind that blows in from Southington’s very own softball field.
“We have so much wind at our field that when we have an opportunity to get outside, we’re really focusing on driving the ball on the line and in the gap,” said Hernandez. “We’re not hanging the ball high up in the air. We’re just really focusing on our fundamentals and have shown very strong discipline at the plate.”
The Knights will look to remain undefeated this week with contests against Newington (2-3), divisional Hall (0-3), Middletown (4-3), and NFA (7-2).
Win at Conard
APRIL 17—The Knights began the week on Tuesday, April 17 by combining for 15 runs from the third inning to the fifth to mercy-rule Conard, 16-0, at Sterling Field in West Hartford in their first divisional game of the season.
Southington finished with 14 hits. Frankie Ferrante went 3-for-3 at the plate with five RBI, two runs scored, a homerun, and a walk. Sarah Myrick went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Kara Zazzaro went 2-for-3 with a double.
Zazzaro also pitched all five innings and threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts, allowing just two walks.
Win vs. Glastonbury
APRIL 18—Sixteen runs on 11 hits, five walks, and three errors in the second inning the next day lifted the Knights to a 17-1 mercy-rule of Glastonbury at home.
Southington finished with 18 hits, and the Tomahawks committed four errors. Alexandra Rogers went 2-for-2 with five RBI, two runs scored, and two doubles. Myrick went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Abby Lamson went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a triple, a double, and a run scored.
Zazzaro started on the circle and went all five innings with eight strikeouts, allowing three hits, two walks, and one earned run.
Win at Farmington
APRIL 20—With the aid of eight errors by their opponent, the Knights capped off the week on Friday by earning their fifth-straight win and third shutout of the season to remain undefeated, blanking Farmington, 13-0, at Tunxis Mead Park. They scattered five runs in the second inning, four in the fifth, and three in the seventh.
Southington finished with 11 hits. Lamson went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, a RBI, and a triple. Chrissy Marotto went 2-for-3 with a RBI, a run scored, and a triple.
Zazzaro earned her fifth win of the season after throwing a complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts, allowing two hits and two walks.
Free Skills Clinic
On Sunday, April 29, all players and coaching staff from the high school softball team will help host a clinic open to all Southington Girls Softball League (SGSL) players of all ages (including Lightning and Thunder).
The free softball clinic will consist of defense, hitting, and base-running drills.
The event will run from 8:30-11 a.m. at Panthorn Park and is free of charge, but in order to participate, those interested have to register. Registration can be found at www.goo.gl/forms/M2IMkkntoz9ysD7a2.
“I want our girls to get involved with the community and do something to give back to the youth,” said Hernandez. “Our booster club and I teamed up with SGSL.”
For more in depth coverage, see our weekly print edition. To contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at BJennings@SouthingtonObserver.com.