By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knight softball team continued to roll with three more wins to improve to 17-1. With two games remaining in the regular season, the top seed in the state tournament is still up for grabs, and the Knights are one of three teams vying for the top spot.
As they head into the last week of the season, Southington coach Davina Hernandez said that not much changes. It’s the usual business of focusing on the little things.
“It’s communication and knowing what to do with the ball when there are multiple options,” said Hernandez. “We’ve been really trying to get into that tournament mode, even though we still have two games left.”
Hernandez said that she hopes her team can continue with their momentum.
“I hope that we can keep it simple and do the little things,” said Hernandez. “When we over-think it is when we get a little nervous and are not ourselves. My college coach used to always say to us that preparedness equals peace of mind, and that’s something that I try to instill in them.”
The Knights will be back on the diamond this week when they close out the regular season with road games at divisional NW Catholic (15-2) on Monday, May 21 and Rockville (7-9) on Wednesday, May 23.
Win at Conard
MAY 14—Sixteen hits, 13 runs in the fourth inning, and five errors on their opponent’s part helped the Knights begin the week on Monday with a 19-1 mercy-rule at divisional Conard. The Knights defeated the Chieftains in five innings, 16-0, in their first meeting earlier in the season as well.
Ferrante went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, two doubles, and a run scored. Chrissy Marotto went 2-for-3 with three RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, and a walk. Lamson went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Zazzaro (17-1) started on the circle to pick up her 15 win of the season after going four innings with nine strikeouts, allowing two walks and a hit. Julia Theriault closed.
Win vs. Hall
MAY 18—They committed three errors, but 20 hits got the job done. The Knights defeated Hall with a 21-2 mercy-rule at home in their seventh fifth-inning contest of the season to remain undefeated in the division, tying their largest victory of the season. The Knights defeated the Warriors, 18-1, in their first meeting earlier in the season.
They scattered runs through the first three innings, building a large lead early with 12 runs in the opening inning. Zazzaro went 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI. Lamson went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Katherine Gunderson contributed with a pair of RBI.
Zazzaro started on the circle and picked up her 16th win of the season after going two innings with a pair of strikeouts, allowing just one hit. Katelyn Lipski, Theriault, and Kelsey Fernandez saw some action on the circle as well.
Win at Fitch
MAY 20—The Knights mustered just six hits and committed a pair of errors, but they still managed to get the job done at Washington Park in Groton on Sunday. The 2-0 victory over Fitch was Southington’s seventh straight win and seventh shutout of the season.
Despite a 13-3 win in an earlier meeting, Hernandez said that she wasn’t taking Fitch (9-11) lightly.
“They play in a very strong conference,” said Hernandez. “They’re a team that has beaten some really good teams. For example, they split with Cheshire. Fitch is a team that can go pretty far in the tournament.”
Ferrante opened the scoring in the second inning with a one-out double. Gabriella Malachowski drove in the winning run.
Nicole Greco led the third off with a triple and eventually came around to score and give the Knights some insurance on a base hit by Marotto (2-for-4).
“Greco’s 4-foot-10, and their coach was telling his outfield to move in,” said Hernandez. “She bombed one about 230 feet completely over the left fielder’s head for a standup triple.”
Zazzaro pitched a complete game shutout to pick up her 17th win of the season on the circle with 13 strikeouts, allowing three walks and two hits.
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