Posts Tagged ‘ softball ’

Back in the semifinals; Softball surges past Newtown, outlasts Cheshire

June 13, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kaitlin Paterson beats the throw to third base during a 13-0 win over Newtown in the second round of the Class LL tournament on June 3.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kendra Friedt picked apart Cheshire’s lineup with the accuracy of a military sniper. She scored two strikeouts in the first inning. She scored two in her final inning on the mound. Every inning in between, at least one Ram batter swung and missed at a third strike. In the second…

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Undefeated regular season; Softball celebrates 20-0 season with Lupus fundraiser

June 5, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kendra Friedt holds the single season strikeout record for the Knights (212).

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington was leading 6-0 in the first game of the double header finale when Coach Davina Hernandez flashed the bunt sign to Sydney Ferrante. Why do you force one of the best power hitters in the state to hold off? Hernandez thought a bunt was a better decision. “She hits…

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Mercy me; Softball is on a roll

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Bella Russo slides into third base during a 15-0 victory over New Britain on Tuesday, May 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knights seemed to hold back on the kill like an executioner showing a hint of mercy. On Wednesday, May 21, the Southington softball team surged to an 8-0 lead over Simsbury by the bottom of the fourth inning. The Southington girls looked like they were on the brink…

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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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