Baseball opens the season with 3-game streak

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

No home games for the first three games? No problem. The Blue Knights baseball team stayed perfect on the road to open the season.

After a week of cancellations, Southington traveled to Tolland on Tuesday, April 14 to get things going against the Eagles (2-2). The road game featured a 15-4 win for the Knights that came on the bat of Liam Scafariello, who went 2-for-3 with two homeruns and five RBI.

“We came out right from the beginning swinging the bats great,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We put a lot of runs up early. Liam had two monster home runs to get five RBI.

Lembo went young in the lineup and started three sophomores in the game. John Mikosz started at shortstop. Jonathan Gray at second base, and Tyler Cyr earned a spot in right field. Not only did they start in their first varsity game, but they got their first hits in a varsity game as well.

Mikosz (RBI) went 3-for-4. Brett Shaw went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Garrett Gugliotti contributed with two RBI. Zac Susi, Mitch Raczka, Jake Babon, and Mike Taylor drove in one run apiece.

On the mound, Drew Farkas was vital to the win. The starting pitcher lasted 5.3 innings, scattering nine strikeouts and one walk. Farkas only allowed two hits and two earned runs.

“Drew threw great, but then his pitch count went up, and I wanted to get him out with the lead,” said Lembo. “I didn’t want him going too far like that.”

Chris Vega closed the game out for the Knights, pitching 1.7 innings with two strikeouts and allowing three hits and two earned runs.

Zach Asnes and Ben Clough led the Eagles with one hit and one RBI.

The Knights carried that momentum into Wednesday with a 7-2 win in West Hartford against the Conard Chieftains (1-3).

“We got up early and got seven runs in the first two innings on six hits,” the coach said. “Then the bats went quiet for the rest of the game. Austin pitched very well in six innings. We played okay.”

Gugliotti led the Knights at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Kyle Bunko contributed with two RBI and Ryan DeAngelo, Adam Wilson, Susi, Scafariello, and Mikosz drove in runs for the Kngihts.

Austin Bumbera pitched six innings to get the win for the Knights with three strikeouts and three walks. Bumbera allowed five hits and two earned runs. Shaw (2-for-4) closed the game out on the mound, pitching two strikeouts in the final inning.

Lucas Busch led the Chieftains with three hits and two RBI.

The Knights ended the week on a high note on Friday with a third-straight road win of 6-2 over the NW Catholic Indians (2-2). Southington scored six runs in the first two innings, but let the Indians back in the game.

“We really didn’t play a great game, but I give their pitcher a lot of credit,” said Lembo. “They had a young kid come in and do a great job. He threw strikes and did a real nice job. We hit the ball hard at times, but right at people and they were making the plays. That game got out of hand early because they weren’t making the plays early. We had some plays that we didn’t make either. It was a back and forth game.”

Susi went 2-for-3 with one RBI. DeAngelo went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a walk. Wilson and Mikosz drove in runs as well.

On the mound, Gugliotti was credited with the win after pitching 5.3 innings, throwing one strikeout and one walk, allowing six hits and two earned runs. Shaw closed the game out in 1.7 innings with two strikes and one walk, allowing one hit.

Evan Michalek led the Indians with two hits and Tyler Rice led with the team’s only RBI.

The Knights look to stay strong this week in their first home game against the Bristol Central Rams (1-2).

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