MERIDEN — Area scholastic teams off to promising starts this spring will be tested this week.
Consider it a harbinger of the season. While we won’t know who will truly blossom until June, the next fews days it will provide a fair lay of the land.
This applies to both victory and defeat. April showers, after all, can also bring June powers.
Also on the docket this week: the Record-Journal Track & Field Invitational. The annual meet, which brings together every track team from the R-J’s coverage area, shifts to Durham this year as Coginchaug hosts on Friday.
Prior to that, the Maloney and Platt track teams will both travel to Bristol Eastern on Tuesday for a CCC South tri-meet.
The Spartans were a late addition to this event. With the Maloney track under construction, it was uncertain if the annual Platt-Maloney meet would come to pass this spring (the Spartans were due to host). As a pre-emptive move, Maloney athletic director Bob McKee tethered the Spartans to the Platt-Eastern wagon.
Rivalry matches are also in session this week on the courts, be they of the tennis or volleyball variety. We start Monday with Maloney volleyball at Southington and wrap up Friday with Cheshire girls tennis at Lyman Hall.
The Trojans, who visit Platt on Monday, are off to a 3-0 start. Employing a variety of combinations, LH has yet to lose a doubles match. Kiera Farley is unbeaten at singles.
Here’s another sport that’s seen strong early returns: girls lacrosse. The four area teams are a combined 10-1 after one week of play.
Southington, which has piled up 39 goals in getting out to a 2-0 start, is in North Haven on Monday night.
The three SCC schools are back in action Tuesday at 6 p.m.:
■Cheshire (3-0), which earned coach Dan Warburton career win No. 250 beating Jonathan Law in between wins at Conard and Hall, plays its home opener against Amity. The Rams have been paced by their two Annies — Eddy (14 goals) and Acquavita (6 goals, 6 assists).■Sheehan (3-0) hosts Foran. In beating Stratford, Lyman Hall and Lauralton Hall — and scoring 14 goals against each — the Titans have gotten contributions from young and old. Freshman Jayna McKenzie has 10 goals. Senior Carlee Crispens has scored eight and assisted on five.■Lyman Hall (2-1) is at Jonathan Law. The Trojans, in their first season under coach David Palmer, opened with a 13-9 win over Foran and rebounded from their 14-6 loss to Sheehan with a 16-11 triumph Saturday over Stratford. They’ve been paced by senior captains Rachel Ruggiero, Bianca DeSimone and Emily Kesilewski.
Shifting back to the diamond, we’ll check in with Southington baseball on Monday. Coach Charlie Lembo’s Blue Knights, at 2-0 after sweeping through West Hartford last week, host unbeaten Berlin, which improved to 4-0 with a 4-3 walkoff Saturday over Platt.
Southington was dominant in its wins over Hall (17-4) and Conard (11-1). Led by Jack Meade (5-for-7), the Blue Knights batted .458 (27-for-58). The pitchers, led by starters Ryan Henderson and Jason Krar and reliever Vinny Spizzoucco, held opponents to a .205 average.
As for the Platt Panthers (2-1), they’ve been buoyed by the return of leadoff center fielder E.J. Dudley from injury. Coach Tim Redican’s team will look to rebound from the Berlin loss at Avon on Monday before heading to Disney Wide World of Sports at the end of the week.
The Maloney softball team is also heading to Orlando. Coach Scott Aresco’s Spartans (4-0), in a hectic opening week, displayed the ability to blow teams out (Bristol Central, Wilcox Tech) and win the tight ones (Berlin, Middletown).
Taylor Trowbridge earned all four pitching wins and helped her cause batting .462.
She’s gotten tremendous support from fellow sophomore Milytza Perez (.500), who has driven in a team-high 13 runs and made three relief appearances, including three clutch shutout innings in Friday’s 8-6 win at Middletown.
The Spartans have truly been electric. They’ve scored 34 runs, hit five dingers and are batting .421. Two players are well over .600 — junior Lea White (.692) and freshman Madison LaValle (.643).
Maloney will be home at Dunn Sports Complex on Monday vs. Conard and Wednesday vs. New Britain before departing for Florida.
Some other good ones to watch:
■Monday: Southington softball at Bristol Eastern. This is always a must-see CCC crossover. Both teams have opened 2-0, with Southington coach Davina Hernandez going with a multi-pronged pitching approach.■Friday: Lyman Hall baseball at Cheshire. The Trojans are 3-1 following Saturday’s 5-2 non-conference win over Brien McMahon. Senior ace Colin Blake improved to 2-0 with 10 strikeouts, Brennan Toussaint rapped two hits and Joe Chasse drove in two runs.
The same day, Cheshire (2-1) walked off against Trumbull 3-2 on sophomore shortstop Ryan Scialabba’s two-out, two-strike single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.
Lyman Hall and Cheshire, as well as Sheehan, will all be home Monday. LH has Foran, Sheehan hosts Xavier and Cheshire welcomes Guilford.
Read more articles like this and help support local journalism by subscribing to the Record Journal.
Unlimited Digital Access just 99¢
Read more articles like this by subscribing to the Record Journal.
Unlimited Digital Access for just 99¢