The Suffield Tigers sprang into action with interscholastic play beginning on April 9 and 10. As players and coaches stretched their winter legs the fields were filled with cheer and roars while teams delighted in their long-awaited return to competitive sports. Here are some highlights from the weekend’s play.
Baseball opened their 2021 season with a 4-2 victory over Williston. Anthony Izzo ’21 started on the mound and threw five shutout innings allowing just one hit with eight strikeouts to earn the win. Bennet Simpson '22 relieved Izzo in the top of the sixth and finished the game. Frankie Ferrentino '22 led the Tigers’ scoring off with a two-out solo home run in the top of the first. Suffield would increase their lead to 4-0 later in the fifth.
Boys’ lacrosse battled a very skilled Williston squad and fell by a score of 14-5. Jack Lynam ’22 and Luke Violich-Czinczoll ’22 each had a goal for Suffield early in the first half and Jonah Ball ’22 and Austin Moore ’23 added two goals in the fourth quarter. Lynam would add another goal to his tally later in the game.
Softball traveled to Williston and were pushed into extra innings before plating two runners in the bottom of the eight to secure an exciting 4-3 victory for Suffield. Kennedy Morris ’22 was in total control on the mound, striking out the first nine batters she faced in dominating fashion. The Tigers then squandered several opportunities until in the fifth inning when Morgan Geisinger ’23 and Emily Killoran ’23 set the table for Lauren Carey ’22 who plated the run on a fielder’s choice. Defensively the corners of the Tiger defense (Carey and Killoran) were brick walls. The game’s highlight came with Carey and Killoran teaming up on a safety squeeze executing perfect defense and stranding a Wildcat who had reached third with no outs. Suffield would then defeat Ethel Walker School 8-3 the next day to better their early-season record to 2-0.
Boys’ tennis defeated Williston at home by a 5-2 match score. Henry Chiocchi ’22 and Ben Reimer ’22 played a flawless match at #2 winning 8-0. At #3 doubles, Hayden Rowley ’24 and Cormac Sullivan ’22 impressed with intelligent and aggressive tennis. In singles playing the #3 slot, senior Jangmin Song came back twice in his match to win an exciting drawn-out battle for the Tigers.
Led by senior Alex Withers Clarke who carded an even-par round of 36, the golf team teed up their season with a win over Williston. Freshman Robby Kurzer started his Tiger career with a score of 38. Juniors Eric Winikur and Frank Roberts each chipped in with a score of 41. Roberts had the shot of the day on hole nine hitting it to 10 inches for a tap-in and easy birdie on the difficult 205-yard par three. The Tigers' five-man score was 214 to better Williston’s 236.