A look around the Berkshire League in baseball and softball
It’s still early to define a game as one of those “statement” wins, but the Northwestern baseball came as close as you can to getting one on Friday.
The Highlanders defeated previous unbeaten Lewis Mills, 7-4, at home and now stand at 5-2, just one game behind the Spartans in the standings.
John Ambrozaitis had two hits, including a double, with two RBI for Northwestern, while Mike Bell and Zach Risedorf notched two hits apiece.
Mike Steeves had two hits for Lewis Mills (6-1), which will play host to Northwestern on May 18 in Burlington.
Nonnewaug continued its strong start to the year with a convincing 23-4 bashing of Wolcott Tech in Woodbury Friday.
Jake Pogodzienski compiled a season’s worth of stats in this game with a triple, home run and three RBI. Dylan Toupin ripped four hits, Brian Dickinson homered and Steve MacLean clubbed two doubles for the Chiefs (7-1), who expect to be in the fight for the Berkshire League crown right up until the end of the season.
On Thursday, the Chiefs crushed Thomaston, 18-0, on the road
Wamogo is right there in contention, sitting at 5-2 with a big game scheduled for Monday against Lewis Mills at home.
The man of all sports, Mike Odenwaelder, currently sits second in the BL with 20 strikeouts. Expect to see him on the mound against the Spartans.
Over on the softball scene, Northwestern picked up a huge win Thursday, defeating Terryville, 4-0, on the road to remain unbeaten at 6-0.
Brittany Martel struck out eight to earn the shutout, while Kristyn Ryan and Sam Cilenti each recorded run-scoring singles for the Highlanders.
In defeat, Jamie Bridge was sensational for Terryville, striking out 15. She currently leads the BL in strikeouts with 72.
There’s been a bevy of home runs in the BL this season, despite the fact we've yet to reach the mid-point mark of the year.
Kristina Hull of Terryville already has four, followed by her teammate Anna Dupaul with three.
Kristyn Ryan and the Newkirk sisters, Liz and Kim, all have hit two for Northwestern. Ashley Powers of Lewis Mills also has two homers.
The battle of the winless met up in Torrington Friday between Litchfield and Wolcott Tech and they gave the fans on hand, not to mention the scorekeeper, a game for the statistical ages.
The Cowgirls prevailed, 26-20, paced by Eve Merganthaler’s four hits, four runs scored and three RBI. Sarah Dematteis and Libby Zampaglione had three hits apiece, while Tricia Benet drove in four runs.
For Wolcott Tech, Claire Keller recorded three hits, three runs and two RBI. Lindsey Hilperthauser added four runs and drove in three.
For those who love slugfests, these teams meet again May 16 in Litchfield.