WEDNESDAY SOFTBALL: Cheshire nips Mercy and remains unbeaten; Wilcox Tech rolls to fourth straight victory; Westies slam sinks LH

WEDNESDAY SOFTBALL: Cheshire nips Mercy and remains unbeaten; Wilcox Tech rolls to fourth straight victory; Westies slam sinks LH



MIDDLETOWN — Jade Barnes came up in a big spot for the Cheshire softball team against Mercy on Wednesday.

With the bases loaded and the scored knotted at 2 in the top of the seventh inning, Barnes put the ball in play and, with a fielder’s choice, brought home Ella Watson with what stood as the winning run in a 3-2 SCC Hammonasset conquest of the Tigers.

Watson was running for pitcher Bri Pearson, who had drawn a walk. A bunt single by Lindsey Abramson (3-for-4) and a walk drawn by Lexie Hemstock loaded the bases for Barnes.

Pearson closed out the Tigers in the last of the seventh and the Rams remained unbeaten at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Hammonasset.

Pearson, a current Record-Journal Athlete of the Week nominee, allowed just two hits and struck out 12.

Cheshire established an early 2-0 lead. Mia Juodaitis drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning and Abramson, in the midst of a 3-for-4 day, put down a RBI bunt single in the third.

Mercy (3-5) tied the game with two runs in the sixth. The rally included a RBI single by Ashley DeLuca.

Wilcox Tech 25, Whitney Tech 2: The Indians scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Turns out they were just getting warmed up.

Propelled by a 14-run third inning, the Indians went on to defeat the Inventors in a CTC game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

The victory was the fourth straight Wilcox, which is a spotless 4-0 in conference play. The Indians, whose lone loss came to Maloney in the season opener, are 4-1 overall heading into Thursday morning’s Oregon Road rumble at Platt.

Against Whitney Tech, the Tribe got a combined four-hitter from senior Briana Brown and freshman Gina Provencal.

Brown was also 3-for-4 at the plate.

Leeana Ortiz homered and went 2-for-4. Megan Bishins was also 2-for-4. Both of her hits went for doubles.

West Haven 10, Lyman Hall 3: A fourth-inning grand slam by Ivy Santos was the death blow for the Trojans in the SCC crossover loss to the Blue Devils in Wallingford.

The Santos slam extended a 5-2 West Haven lead to 9-2 and kept the Blue Devils undefeated at 8-0. LH suffered its fifth straight loss and fell to 2-5.

Santos was the winning pitcher. Alex Tenero took the loss for LH.

Sydney Nilsen went 2-for-3 for the Trojans. Paige Hansen and Emily Chase each had a double.

North Haven at Sheehan, 1 p.m.

Farmington at Southington, 3:45 p.m.

Platt at Bristol Eastern, 3:45 p.m.


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