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Softball, baseball squads roll on


Softball

The Lady Redcoats remained undefeated after an exciting week that included extra innings and plenty of offense.

The girls won a 2-1 thriller against Bristol Eastern to begin the week thanks to junior Kelsie Anderson’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Berlin had led 1-0 until the top of the seventh, when a run by the Lady Lancers forced extras.

Senior Makayla Harris earned the victory for the Lady Redcoats.

In the team’s 13-7 win over Platt, the Lady Redcoats jumped on the Panthers early and never looked back, scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the first to take a commanding lead that would never be threatened.

Harris earned the victory, yet again, for Berlin.

Baseball

The Redcoats have been difficult to stop as of late, improving to 6-1 following a week that featured wins over Bristol Eastern and Platt.

In the matchup with the Lancers, Berlin got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back.

Junior Dan Garofalo pitched well throughout the contest to earn the victory, as Berlin outhit Bristol Eastern 9-4 and didn’t commit a single error.

In Berlin’s 10-2 victory over Platt, the team racked up 11 hits.

After falling behind 2-1 after two innings, the Redcoats scored six runs over the next two innings to take control.

Senior Daren Grabowski led the charge, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored, while sophomore Nick Naples earned the victory.

Boys golf

The Redcoats finally earned their first outright victory of the season, defeating both Platt and Bulkeley, 162-205-277, respectively, at Timberlin.

Senior captain Austin Forauer was match medalist, scoring a 37 to lead Berlin.

The local boys also improved in their second match at Timberlin Golf Course this season, besting their 171 from a few weeks ago.

The boys now hold a record of 3-2, and have averaged 168 strokes per match.

Girls golf

The Lady Redcoats continued their title defense with a 2-0 week against their toughest competition in the early portion of the 2014 season, defeating both Glastonbury and Avon on the road.

In the team’s first match of the week, Berlin handled the Tomahawks, winning 193-211. BHS junior Julia Kemmling was match medalist, scoring a 43.

Against the Falcons of Avon, the girls needed a season-best score to defeat their opponents. The Lady Redcoats were able to withstand the Falcons’ best effort, winning 182-192. Kemmling was once again the match’s medalist, scoring a 40.

Girls tennis

The Lady Redcoats have hit a rough patch in the early going of the 2014 season, losing three matches last week by a combined score of 20-1.

The girls began the week with a difficult 6-1 loss against a difficult Simsbury team at home. Unfortunately, things didn’t improve for Berlin throughout the rest of the week. The girls were blanked by Northwest Catholic (7-0) and South Windsor (7-0) to fall to 1-4 on the season.

Since the team’s season opening 5-2 victory, the girls have only won three individual matches.

Boys tennis

The Redcoats were rusty following their week-long hiatus for school vacation, falling to both Farmington and Wethersfield to drop to 1-4 on the year.

The boys of Berlin lost 6-1 against the Indians of Farmington. Senior Dan Rombola continued his early season dominance, defeating Farmington’s No. 1 singles player 6-1, 6-1. BHS junior Jack Stafstrom also had a strong performance, falling in the two singles spot 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6.

Against Wethersfield, the Redcoats dropped another match, 5-2. Rombola dominated again, winning 6-0, 6-0. Berlin senior Mike Gurrieri won his No. 3 match, taking the decisive third set 6-1.

Boys outdoor track

The Redcoats dropped another frustrating one, this time to Bristol Central, 110-40, to fall to 1-2 on the short season.

After a promising season-opening victory against Bulkeley, 112-33, the boys haven’t come close in either of their last two meets against Middletown and the Rams. The Redcoats have been outscored by an average of 116.5-33.5 during that span.

The local boys will look to get back on track at the Middletown Invitational, set to be held Saturday, May 3.

Boys lacrosse

The Redcoats continued their impressive run with wins over Bristol Central and Haddam-Killingworth to improve to 5-2 for the year.

The Redcoats, who defeated Bristol Central 13-5 and H-K 16-3, are in the midst of a four-game road trip, and currently hold a four-game winning streak. The local boys have defeated their opponents by an average of 11.3 goals per game since their last loss.

Girls lacrosse

The Berlin girls had a strong 2-1 week to draw their record to .500, gaining confidence heading into the heart of the regular season.

In the team’s first matchup of the week, the local girls were over-matched against a strong Farmington team, and fell 16-4 to the Indians. BHS junior Olivia Martino led the team with two goals, while juniors Erin Goodwin and Caitlyn Dicoccio also scored. Freshmen Taylor Smolicz recorded 11 saves for the Lady Redcoats.

Over the rest of the week, the girls were able to outlast RHAM, 9-8, and handle Bunnell, 15-10.

Although the team is a healthy .500 on the year, Berlin has been outscored by its opponents 50-30 this season.



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