BERLIN – The Blue Knights traveled to Berlin to face the Redcoats at Sage Park in softball Monday night and came away victorious, 6-0. The two-time reigning Class LL champions faced a strong team from their host, but the Blue Knights’ strong pitching prevailed once again.
Senior Samantha Sullivan improved her record to 12-0 as a starter with an outstanding pitching line of one hit and no runs in four complete innings.
The Knights chipped away at Berlin's good pitching, putting up a solo run in the second and a pair in the third.
The visitors put up another two runs in the top of the fifth, making the score 5-0. Stella Blanchard replaced Sullivan and tossed two innings of no hit, shutout softball as Berlin (10-4) could not find rhythm against a Southington club that pitched its fifth shutout of the 2022 campaign, one of those being a combined no-hitter.
The Blue Knights put up 10 hits by nine different players and Nicole Szuba had a pair of singles and three RBI to lead the offense. Berlin had difficulty, walking six batters, but some good fielding and timely pitching led to leaving 10 Blue Knights stranded on the base paths and score was 6-0 going into the seventh.
Maddie Furniss closed the game from there as Southington remained undefeated.
The Blue Knights are averaging 12 runs a game and continued being the No. 1 ranked LL team in the state.
"We hold our team accountable, whether it is 0-0 or 10-0, we have the same expectations. We have set rules so there is no confusion,” Southington coach Davina Hernandez said about keeping her team focused during the season.
Hernandez praised the Redcoats after the game.
“They're a good team over there, and played well against us,” she said. “They were prepared.”