New Britain softball can't slow down red-hot Southington

Published on Monday, 3 May 2021 21:02
Written by Ryan Ames


NEW BRITAIN – Southington softball’s offense rolled in its 22-0 win over New Britain at Martha Hart Park on Monday.

The Blue Knights bashed 13 hits and scored runs in all but the fourth inning to pick up its eight straight win of the season.

“I think we started out a little slow,” Southington coach Davina Hernandez said. “It took us a little while to figure out our timing at the plate, but once we did we kind of got in a groove.”

The Blue Knights recorded just one hit in their five-run first inning, but then smacked six hits in the second and four in the third to bring across 16 runs.

A double from Ashlyn Desaulniers in the third highlighted Southington’s onslaught as the only extra base hit of the contest.

“You want to just practice discipline at the plate,” Hernandez said. “We did not have great discipline at the beginning of the game and it really showed. Discipline at the plate, balance, timing, those are some things that can really hurt you at the game of softball.”

The Hurricanes had one hit on the game from Liana Silva in the first, which set up a putout from Desaulniers from centerfield as she threw out Xandra Silva at home, who reached base on a walk.

“I thought our defense did a really good job,” Hernandez said. “Whenever the ball was put in play, we made the out. I thought Ashlyn our centerfielder made a fantastic play at the plate, that was a great throw. Whenever there was an opportunity to make a play, we were ready and I was happy about that.”

Silva started for the Hurricanes and gave up a bulk of the runs before Cristine Velez came in during the third inning. Walks were a problem for New Britain as both pitchers combined for 18 throughout the game, continuing Southington’s attack.

The opposite was true for the Blue Knights as their pitchers gave up two walks in five innings. Julia Panarella started for Southington and earned the win while securing four strikeouts along the way.

Perhaps the play of the game occurred in the third inning though as Hurricanes leftfielder Angeline Mendieta made a diving catch on a well-struck ball from the Blue Knights’ Kayleigh O’Connor to retire the side.

“Our outfielders, some of them are new to the game and new to the outfield,” New Britain coach Melissa Bagat said. “They’re going to continue to work and continue to get better.”

Monday’s loss for the Hurricanes came after their 24-4 win over Bloomfield on Friday and marked the third time they’ve allowed more than 20 runs in a game this season.

“After the game we were really focusing on developing,” Bagat said. “We have a very young team so we’re working on fundamentals and getting better every day.”

The Hurricanes (2-5) will look to shake of the loss when it hosts Rocky Hill on Wednesday at Martha Hart Park at 3:45 p.m.

“We have a great game coming up so we have to focus on tomorrow’s practice and then we move forward,” Bagat said.

Southington (8-1), on the other hand, will host Northwest Catholic on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

Southington 22, New Britain 0

Southington  579 01 -- 22 13 0

New Britain   000 00 -- 0 1 4

W -- Julia Panarella (S), L -- Xandra Silva (NB)

2B: Ashlyn Desaulniers (S).

Records: Southington 8-1, New Britain 2-5.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington on Monday, 3 May 2021 21:02. Updated: Monday, 3 May 2021 21:05.