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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 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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The team to beat in Class LL; Knights clinch the top seed with a pair of mercy rule wins

May 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight catcher Rachel Harvey makes the stop during an 18-0 win over New Britain.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach John Bores makes no apologies for the two lopsided victories in the final week of the season. He doesn’t feel bad about his team’s 13 shutouts or their nine victories by mercy rule. It can be tough to forge a championship team in the fires of a lesser conference,…

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Complete game?; Knights score another ‘mercy rule’ win

May 24, 2013
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By John Goralski
Caitlin Downes tries to beat the throw to the plate during a 9-0 win over Conard on Tuesday, May 14.

By John Goralski Sports Writer With just a 3-0 lead, John Bores watched expectantly as Conard’s runner took off for second base at the crack of the bat. Third baseman Lauren Zazzaro scooped up the ball and fired it to second base. Kaitlin Paterson caught the ball and threw it to first, but Conard’s baserunner…

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Finally, a good test; Simsbury poses a challenge as Knights extend 10-game win streak

May 10, 2013
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By John Goralski
First baseman Natalie Wadolowski scoops up a ground ball to make an out against East Hartford in a 16-1 victory on May 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer A leadoff single was Southington’s only hit through three innings as Simsbury’s freshman ace picked apart Southington’s power lineup while the Trojans pushed the go ahead run over the plate in the second inning. On Monday, April 29, it took Southington hitters four innings to manufacture a run, and the…

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Accepting nothing less than perfection

May 4, 2013
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By John Goralski
Jordyn Moquin threw a pair of no-hitters last week to bring her season total to three.

By John Goralski Sports Writer One pitch got away from Jordyn Moquin in her first game last week, and the hit batsman cost her a perfect game. She still managed a no-hitter, but that’s nothing new. Two days later, Moquin proved that with her third no-hitter of the season. Hall managed to claw out two…

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Softball overpowers Eagles, Lancers ; Moquin scores no-hitter in opener

April 12, 2013
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Sydney Ferrante makes a defensive play at shortstop during a 7-2 victory at Bristol Eastern on Friday, April 5.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington’s 5-0 lead shrank to three runs when a Southington error sparked a two-run rally by Bristol Eastern. Lancer batters followed with a pair of singles and a double. Southington’s once-secure lead seemed to shrink to nothing as a Lancer dropped down a bunt. But Southington’s defense jumped into gear.…

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