These are the results for Southington High School’s varsity contests, including summer season contests, for Thursday, June 8. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Softball: A fifth-inning rally propelled the sixth-seeded Lady Knights into the final of the Class LL tournament for the first time since 2015 with a 6-2 victory over No. 2 Cheshire at DeLuca Field in Stratford. Cheshire’s pitcher, Abby Abramson, had a perfect game going with eight strikeouts through the first four innings, until the Knights erupted with six runs off six hits in the fifth. After the first two batters walked and advanced to second and third on a double steal, Frankie Ferrante put the Knights on the board with a bunt single that scored a run. Chrissy Marotto followed with another bunt single that scored a run, and Kara Zazzaro loaded the bases with a base hit. Gabby Verderame-Malachowski pinch-hit for Katie Semmel and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Michelle Woodruff continued the offensive onslaught by bringing in another run with a slap hit for a single, and a batter later, Amanda Delorme capped off the rally with a base knock that scored a pair of runs. But Abramson didn’t go away quietly. With a leadoff runner on first in the bottom of the inning, she responded by putting the Rams on the board with a two-run home run. However, she wouldn’t get any help from her teammates for the remainder of the game. Zazzaro allowed the first two Rams to reach base in the bottom of the seventh with a walk and hit batter, but managed to regain her composure by striking out the next three. Zazzaro threw a complete game with nine strikeouts, allowing seven hits and three walks. Southington finished with eight hits. Cheshire stranded nine runners on base. Neither team committed an error. The Knights will play No. 9 Trumbull (20-4) in the championship game at West Haven High School on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m. Trumbull advanced to the final by defeating No. 5 Stamford (21-3), 3-0, in the semifinals. Southington is currently 22-2 overall.
Southington American Legion Baseball: Post 72 opened its summer season by failing to put up a run in a 3-0 shutout to Bristol (1-1) at home. With one out and the bases loaded in the third inning, a walk gave Bristol a 1-0 lead. A batter later, a base hit drove in a pair of runs to cap off the win for Bristol. Southington mustered just four hits, as Brayden Cooney went 2-for-3 with a double. Bailey Robarge (0-1) started on the mound and went three innings with a strikeout, allowing four hits, three earned runs, and three walks. Justin Verilli relieved Robarge to go two innings, and Connor McDonough and Vinny Viturale each threw an inning as well. Post 72 will wrap up the week with homes games against Terryville (1-0) tomorrow and a doubleheader against Avon (1-0) on Sunday.
Bristol Blues Baseball: The Blues remained winless on the season after suffering their fifth-straight loss, 13-3, at the Pittsfield Suns (6-0). The Blues took a 3-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning, but the Suns knotted the score after the fifth and broke the game open with 10 runs off 10 hits and a pair of errors in the sixth, finishing with 18 hits. Bristol finished with eight hits and three errors. Jake Frasca went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and a home run. Logan Green went 2-for-5 with a double. Michael Genaro started on the mound and went four and two thirds innings with five strikeouts, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Takoda Sitar (0-2) was credited with the loss after relieving Genaro to go an inning with a pair of strikeouts, allowing five runs (1 earned) and four hits. Ian Halpin and Frasca saw some action on the mound as well. The Blues will wrap up the week with games against the divisional Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (1-3), the Seacoast Mavericks (3-3), and the divisional Worcester Bravehearts (4-2).
For more in-depth coverage, see our weekly print edition. To contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at BJennings@SouthingtonObserver.com.