SOUTHINGTON — The Southington girls softball team finished the regular season in perfect fashion on Thursday night with a two-opponent doubleheader sweep at home.
Fittingly, junior flamethrower Kendra Friedt tossed a pair of one-hitters. Equally fitting, each victory was of the five-inning mercy variety over CCC West opponents.
The Blue Knights first dismissed Farmington 16-1, then knocked off Newington 15-0. That gave Southington a spotless overall record of 20-0 and a 14-0 CCC West division title.
“I can’t say I expected to go 20-0 in my first season,” said rookie Southington coach Davina Hernandez. “I’m just really excited. The girls have worked really hard. They have dealt with some unforeseen circumstances. But anyone that has watched us this year could see we have a lot of depth.”
The Blue Knights are indeed deep. They put eight players on the All-CCC team: Friedt, Kaitlin Paterson, Lauren Zazzaro, Sydney Ferrante, Rachel Dube, Natalie Wadolowski, Caroline Burke and Emily Lippincott.
This year’s team will now look to defend the Class LL state championship won by the 2013 team in John Bores’ final season as coach.
Already, though, the 2014 crew has made inroads on history. Earlier this week, Friedt broke Southington’s single-season record for strikeouts, a mark that had stood since 1983 when Southington Hall of Famer Julie Bolduc struck out 186.
On Thursday, Friedt fanned 10 and walked one in the opener. She struck out 11 and walked none in the nightcap.
Offensive standout against Farmington were Ferrante (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 stolen bases), Haley Arduini (2-for-3) and Dani Ahearn (1-for-2, 2 runs).
Standouts against Newington were Dube (4-for-4, 2 triples, double, 5 RBI), Arduini (2-for-3, 2 stolen bases, 2 runs) and Zazzaro (3-for-4, double, 3 runs, 2 RBI).