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Top Performers of the Week: Softball Pitchers Hurl Gems - TheSportsDept.com

Top Performers of the Week: Softball Pitchers Hurl Gems

By Danny Atkinson 

This last week was filled with great winning performances by the area’s top softball pitchers.

South Windsor senior Maria Hanchuk had her best stretch of starts in what has already been an elite season. Hanchuk struck out a combined 48 batters in wins against East Hartford, Windsor and Maloney Monday through Wednesday. Her high was 19 strikeouts against Windsor Tuesday, with 13 and 19 in the other two wins. Hanchuk held each team scoreless, and permitted just two hits to East Hartford.

Glastonbury senior Julia Karnes earned wins against Northwest Catholic and RHAM Wednesday and Friday, allowing a combined two runs and nine hits. Rockville senior Morgan Bolduk threw a complete game shutout on Tuesday against GHS, allowing a single hit. The day before, RHAM senior ace Kristi Van Meter limited E.O. Smith to no runs and one hit, striking out 11. On Thursday, Enfield sophomore Emily Pease threw a two-hit shutout against Hall while striking out 10.


Glastonbury went 3-0 on the week thanks to contributions from a large collection of players. Four players (seniors Caroline Bogue, Catherine Guanci and Angela McCarthy and junior Marina DiPiazza) scored three goals in the Tomahawks blowout of Simsbury Tuesday. Two days later, junior Tori Hurley dished out four assists in an impressive win at Cheshire. Guanci and Bogue were again on fire in Saturday’s win against New Fairfield, scoring six and five goals respectively.

Tolland also had a great week behind the junior duo of Lauren Janton and Cory Mahlstedt, defeating Rockville and winning at RHAM and Rocky Hill. Janton scored three goals in each win, while Mahlstedt fired in four against RHAM and three against Rockville on Monday and Wednesday.  Sophomore Alyssa Buongirno recorded four goals in Thursday’s loss to Suffield.

East Catholic junior star Alexa Weber continued to be an offensive force in the Eagles wins against Newington and Somers Thursday and Saturday, scoring a combined 15 goals. Junior goalie Kiely Callahan was also great against Somers, making 13 saves. Fellow goalie Chase Lambert also played well in Suffield’s win against Tolland Thursday, as the sophomore recorded 12 saves. South Windsor junior standout Ali Martin scored nine goals in Friday’s tough loss to Avon. Rockville’s Sam Peters and RHAM’s Cam Antler (both sophomores) were outstanding in their team’s losses to Tolland, scoring five and six goals.


A number of players had outstanding days at the plate in wins. Suffield senior George Meleounis went 4-5 with 5 RBI in Thursday’s defeat of Somers. Ellington junior outfielder Alex Domingos hit a go-ahead three-run triple in Thursday’s comeback win against Portland.  On Monday, Tolland senior Jacob Simon drove in three runs with three hits in a blowout of Bloomfield. Two days later, Rockville senior standout Max St. Germain finished with three hits and RBI to key a win against Rocky Hill. South Windsor junior Evan Hapkiewicz and sophomore Zach Donahue each finished with two hits and three RBI in Friday’s win at Northwest Catholic, with Hapkiewicz also excelling on the mound.

Multiple pitchers earned wins with outstanding performances. Manchester junior Max Rivas struck out nine batters and allowed no runs and just two hits in the Indians shutout of Bloomfield Thursday. Glastonbury’s senior ace Drew Heyman flummoxed hitters at E.O. Smith Friday, limiting them to one run and four hits. East Catholic junior Jacob Casey also allowed just one run against Southington the same day, allowing six hits. In addition to his success at the plate for South Windsor, Hapkiewicz held Northwest Catholic to two hits and runs.


Seniors Matt Greer and Kyran Blackwell helped propel South Windsor in hard-fought wins at East Catholic and against Fairfield Warde on Thursday and Saturday. Greer scored five and then four goals to lead the offense, and Blackwell was outstanding in goal, making 22 and 14 saves while limiting the offenses to a combined 20 goals. Fellow senior Kyle Foley also scored four times against Fairfield Warde.   

The Glastonbury senior duo of Ronan Jacoby and Mike Hawkins led the Tomahawks to three impressive wins. Jacoby scored a combined 12 goals against Joel Barlow, Southington and Newtown, with a high of five in the first game on Wednesday. Hawkins scored four goals against both Southington and Newtown.

East Catholic sophomore star Jake Tellers was on fire against St. Paul and South Windsor, scoring five goals in Tuesday’s blowout win and six against the Bobcats. Junior Connor Race was also in the zone in the win, scoring four times.

RHAM senior Sam Gilmour fired in five goals in Monday’s triumph against Tolland.


It wasn’t just pitches who performed well on the week, as multiple girls had great days at the plate. Enfield sophomores Kaitlyn Borque and Kamerin Martinez supported Pease against Hall by hitting homers and driving in four runs each. South Windsor’s Taylor Darby (sophomore) and Reilly McMahon (senior) were locked in against East Hartford, as Darby hit two doubles and drove in five runs and McMahon smacked a double and triple and scored three runs.  Also on Monday, Tolland senior Tori Nicholas hit a double and triple and recorded four RBI to help the Eagles beat Bloomfield.  Two days later, senior teammate Sydney Orr went 4-5 with four RBI against Rocky Hill in a win.


Two female athletes won events at Saturday’s Greater Hartford Invitational. Tolland senior AmyErin Zadroga continued her success at prominent events by winning the javelin with a toss of 120-3. Zadroga also finished second in the pole vault. Manchester senior Begotty Laroche won the 200 meters with a blazing time of 24.85.

Glastonbury junior Erin McGill displayed her elite talent in long-distance races, finishing runner-up in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:04.31.


Enfield and South Windsor each had multiple players record outstanding games during the week. Enfield senior Dillon DeSouza recorded a combined 25 kills in sweeps against Wolcott Tech and Bloomfield on Tuesday and Wednesday. Teammate Nick Bernette was just as good against Bloomfield, earning 10 kills and eight digs.

South Windsor junior star Max Iacovelli was typically great for the Bobcats in Wednesday’s sweep of Maloney, hitting 15 kills and eight digs. Senior Chris Roberts dove for 11 digs in the team’s battle against Lewis Mills two days later.

Rockville senior Nate Shliphack led the Rams to a sweep of Bloomfield Monday, hitting 10 kills and eight digs.


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