Posts Tagged ‘ softball ’

Searching for perfection;

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Dani Ahearn chases down a fly ball in right field during a 5-0 win over Conard.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Wednesday, May 14, Davina Hernandez yelled back at the dugout in frustration as she swung an imaginary bat. “Like this,” she instructed as she motioned a level slap at an invisible pitch. “You’re swinging up at the ball.” Southington is cruising toward the finish line for another undefeated season.…

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Still no challenge; Wins keep coming for Lady Knights

May 15, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nicole White zeroes in on a pitch during a 15-0 game against Newington on Monday, May 5.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Davina Hernandez was forced to switch her lineup with two starters nursing injuries at the start of the week, and the coach decided to rest her starter to give Brenna Sarantides a chance to throw some pitches. The Knights never missed a step. The Knights opened the week with a…

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Softball wins battle of unbeatens; Lady Knights hold onto the top spot in the Class LL rankings

May 8, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sydney Ferrante makes the play at shortstop during a 2-0 win over Maloney on Monday, April 28.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For three innings, Maloney’s sophomore ace was matching Southington’s veteran pitch for pitch. Close calls weren’t going Southington’s way, and it was etched on the Lady Knight faces. Coach Davina Hernandez could see frustration mounting on her players’ faces, so she huddled her team for a pep talk. “I told…

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Lady Knights post an almost perfect week

May 1, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer In the bottom of the fifth inning a Lady Knight fielder misplayed the softball, and a Farmington runner raced out the ball to second. She advanced to third base on a passed ball, but that’s as far as she got. An infield ground ball and two strikeouts secured the no-hitter.…

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Softball stays perfect with three shutouts

April 25, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kaitlin Paterson barehands a ball at second base during a 5-0 win over Rockville on Monday, April 14.

By John Goralski Sports Writer If there were any questions remaining about the Lady Knight softball team, those critics have been quieted. With a trio of shutouts in the second week, Southington has surged out to an early 5-0 record during their Class LL title defense. So far, the Knights have out-scored opponents, 43-2. A…

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Searching for perfection; Softball still isn’t satisfied with 2 lopsided wins

April 18, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kendra Friedt hurls a pitch during the Lady Knight home opener.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Davina Hernandez’ voice cracked and sputtered as she greeted reporters on the mound at the end of her first week. The big smile was from a pair of lopsided victories. The broken voice was from her untiring work on the sidelines. The Lady Knight softball team exploded into the spring…

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The first lady of softball; Hernandez becomes the 3rd coach in the program

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe that Davina Hernandez is just the third person to grab the reigns of Southington’s softball program, but the first-year coach has already settled nicely into her new position. At a preseason practice, she drives a ball deep into right field and stops the drill to give…

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Paige Turner: Paige Kopcza proved that softball is more than pitching

August 23, 2013
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER The pitcher and the defense gave up just one earned run in 1983 to set a national record for ERA (0.04) that would stand for more than two decades. Their all-state pitcher was almost unhittable as Southington roared through the postseason. The offense was just as deadly with a .336…

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Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Mercy batters were desperate to erase Southington’s one-run lead in the Class LL championship game, and Coach John Bores trudged to the mound when a two-out double put the tying run in scoring position. Jordyn Moquin never blinked. The senior pitcher listened, nodded her head, and ended the threat. Over…

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2013 Class LL Champions; Moquin shuts out Mercy; Softball captures 15th state title

June 14, 2013
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By John Goralski

By John Goralski Sports Writer When umpires signaled the final out, the Lady Knights exploded in screams and celebration. Coach John Bores sighed with relief, looked down at the ground, and emerged from the dugout with a wide smile as his players gathered in hugs and tears. The longest title drought in program history had…

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