SOUTHINGTON>> Southington’s softball did what it has been doing all year: win.
The Blue Knights swept a split doubleheader on the final day of the regular season to secure an unblemished record and the top seed in next week’s Class LL state tournament where they are the defending champions.
The Blue Knights have won 42 straight games dating back to last season where their only loss was to Bristol Central on April 8, 2013.
Southington has been the No. 1 team in the GameTimeCT/NewHaven Register softball poll in all, but the first week of the 2014 season where they debuted at No. 4.
Coach Davina Hernandez credits a lot of the team’s success to the first-year battery of Kendra Friedt and Rachel Dube.
“They go to pitching workouts together. They play together in the summer,” Hernandez said. “That’s part of the reason why I think we haven’t missed a beat.”
Friedt continued her dominating junior season in the circle.
The junior pitched nine of 10 innings Thursday, striking out 23 batters to extend her school record for strike outs in a single-season to 214. In the process, she broke a 32-year-old school record held by Julie Bolduc (186 strikeouts).
Dube exploded on Thursday. She collected four hits, including two doubles and a triple, two runs scored and five RBIs.
“She’s just getting better and better every game,” Hernandez said.
Friedt allowed one run in the first game vs. Farmington.
She walked Sydney Stepeck in the first and Jessica Delawder followed with a double. Stepeck scored when Delawder was caught in a rundown between second and third.
That would be the only run scored by a visiting team on Thursday.
Brenna Sarantides threw the fifth inning for Southington in game one, retiring the Indians in order and striking out two.
Natalie Wadolowski hit a three-run inside-the-park home run to seal a 16-1, mercy-shortened win over Farmington.
In the second game, Southington batted around twice. It scored six in the second and eight in the fourth to beat Newington 15-0 in five innings.
All five of Dube’s RBIs came in the second game.
“I wouldn’t want my senior day any other way,” Dube said. “I’m glad that I got to be a part of this and am thankful.”
Dube will be attending Cheshire Academy next year and has been offered a scholarship to Central Connecticut State University.
The other senior playing on Thursday was Sydney Ferrante. The Northern Kentucky-bound shortstop went 6 for 7 with three doubles and a triple, five RBIs and seven runs scored. She also stole two bases.
All three teams have qualified for their respective state tournaments with a minimum of eight wins. Pairings will be announced Friday.
Farmington: 100 00 — 1 3 3
Southington: 229 03 — 16 10 0
WP: Kendra Friedt
2B: F-Delawder; S-Ferrante, Dube.
RBI: Paterson (3), Zazzaro (2), Ferrante (3), Lippincott (2).
SB: S-Paterson, Ferrante (2).
Records: Farmington 8-12; Southington 19-0.
Newington: 000 00 — 0 1 3
Southington: 160 8x — 15 12 0
WP: Kendra Friedt; LP: Olivia Burgos.
2B: S-Zazzaro, Dube.
3B: S-Ferrante, Dube, Wadolowski.
RBI: S-Zazzaro (2), Ferrante (2), Dube (5), Wadolowski, Lippincott.
Records: Southington 20-0; Newington 13-7.