By BRIAN JENNINGS
On Tuesday, May 26, the Lady Knights softball team (20-0) finished out a perfect regular season with a 15-0 mercy-rule home win over New Britain (13-7) after five innings of play on senior night.
Lauren Zazzaro went 3-for-4 with four runs, three RBI, two doubles, and a triple. Dani Ahern went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run. Haley Messenger went 2-for-2 with a double, a RBI, and a run. Kaitlin Paterson went 2-for-3 with three runs. Emily Lippincott had three RBI, three runs, and a triple.
Kendra Friedt pitched a complete game and a shutout by throwing 11 strikeouts against 17 batters, allowing just two hits.
“All nine seniors started and played,” said Southington coach Davina Hernandez. “A couple girls went in and did some pinch hits, but for the most part, it was our seniors that really got the job done. We had really great energy and heads-up base running. We started out hitting right away and had really good at-bats. I was happy at their performance as a team. Overall, it was just a really nice way to end the season.”
The Knights earned a first-round bye as the No.1-seed in the Class LL state tournament and await the winner of No.16-seed Ridgefield (13-7) and No.17-seed Fairfield Warde (13-7) this week.
“We’re definitely excited,” said Hernandez. “We’re ready to go out and just prove to everyone that we do have a great team. There really is one award that each person on the team is looking for. That’s the ultimate goal for every player and coach entering the season. We’re hoping to just go out, win the next game, take one game at a time, and play the best as a team.”
Note: Aside from the nine seniors recognized before the start of the game, Alaina Albino was honored as the 10th senior of the team. Albino has been recording the statistics book for the Knights at every game this year.