ON DECK: Perfection will be put to the test in Week 3

ON DECK: Perfection will be put to the test in Week 3



SOUTHINGTON — As they’ve gotten out to their 5-1 start, the Cheshire Rams have no doubt also noticed the hot start by their baseball brethren to the north.

Southington, with its 12-2 win Saturday over Greenwich, hits the third week of the season at 5-0.

And “hit” is the operative word. The Blue Knights batted a collective .404 (57-for-141) in defeating Hall, Conard, Berlin, Tolland and the Cardinals by a combined score of 62-8.

Three of the five games ended early via the 10-run mercy rule. That includes Saturday’s matchup with Greenwich, in which coach Charlie Lembo’s boys erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Three Blue Knights are batting over .500: Andrew Paradis (.571), Bryce Worth (.563) and Jack Meade (.563). Billy Carr is at .467, Jake Romano at .438.

And it need not be said: Those numbers are courtesy of Southington stats man Steve Daniels. They are as legit as they come.

On top of the hitting, the Blue Knights have gotten excellent work from their deep pitching staff. Starters Jason Krar (2-0), Ryan Henderson (1-0) and Jake Neuman (1-0), backed by Vinny Spizzoucco (1-0) and the bullpen, have held the opposition to 22 hits in 30 innings. They’ve struck out 35 and walked just 10.

A big test comes today at Fontana Field when the Blue Knights host 4-0 Glastonbury in a CCC West crossover at 3:45 p.m. This one is a must-see. The Tomahawks have outscored their opponents 37-1.

The Cheshire Rams, upon returning home from their game with Xavier at Palmer Field today, will no doubt want to get that final score. Come June, teams like Cheshire, Southington and Glastonbury won’t merely be on each other’s radar. Chances are good they’ll be colliding in the Class LL tournament, just like Cheshire and Southington did last summer in the South Regional finals of the American Legion state tournament.

In the meantime, as we head into Week 3 of the 2019 scholastic spring season, Southington baseball is one of six area teams still undefeated.

Southington, being home to four of them, is the epicenter. Big Blue is also unbeaten in boys volleyball, boys tennis and girls tennis.

Like the baseball squad, those teams will be tested this week. Coach Lou Gianacopolos’ spikers put their 4-0 mark on the line Monday at Farmington. The Indians are 5-0.

Girls tennis coach Robin Thompson, fresh off career win No. 100, leads her Lady Knights against CCC West rival Glastonbury on Thursday. In opening 4-0, Southington won all 28 matches in straight sets.

So, too, the Southington boys team. Coach Tony Mauro’s 3-0 Blue Knights have yet to lose a set. They host Berlin on Wednesday.

The other two area undefeated teams? Cheshire and Maloney softball.

Coach Kristine Drust and the Lady Rams head into the week at 4-0. They are riding their latest ace, Bri Pearson, who no-hit Guilford on Thursday and came back on Friday to one-hit Foran.

The Rams are once again pounding the ball, too. That includes going deep. Cheshire hit four home runs against Guilford. Providence-bound Mia Juodaitis socked two against Foran.

This week, the Rams have road games at Career (today) and Mercy (Wednesday) before returning home to host Fitch on Thursday.

Also due home are coach Scott Aresco and the Lady Spartans. Currently on a trip to Orlando, Florida, where they joined the Platt baseball team at Disney Wide World of Sports, Maloney will be back at the Dunn Sports Complex to host Conard on Wednesday and Plainville on Friday.

Before leaving Florida, the Spartans will play Lewis Mills today. They go into that game batting .403 as a team.

Catcher Madison LaValle, returning with a vengeance from an ACL injury just like Platt center fielder Ethan Dudley, is batting .667. Only a freshman, LaValle has 12 hits in 18 at-bats.

There’s more. Lea White is hitting .588 and Milytza Perez is at an even .500. She’s also nailed down the victories in the circle in relief of starting pitcher Taylor Trowbridge (5-0).


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