FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sweigard’s slam, Floyd’s 6 RBI push Rams to 9-0; Titans have a Career day; Maloney tennis tops nemesis for first time in 11 years

FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sweigard’s slam, Floyd’s 6 RBI push Rams to 9-0; Titans have a Career day; Maloney tennis tops nemesis for first time in 11 years


Record-Journal staff

CHESHIRE — Say, hey, Kailey Sweigard!

For a second straight game, the Cheshire senior belted a home run — this time a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning — to launch the undefeated Rams to their latest conquest, a 16-4 SCC Hammonasset romp over Hamden that was halted by the mercy rule in the fifth inning.

Danielle Floyd also homered as Cheshire bolted out of the gate with nine runs in the first inning. Floyd brought in three runs with her blast and later tagged a three-run double in the fourth to finish with six RBI on the day.

The Rams got a third home run from Trinadey Santiago. The senior catcher slugged a three-run shot in the third.

In the circle, Bri Pearson held Hamden (3-7) to four hits and struck out nine.

Cheshire now stands at 9-0.

Southington 24, Avon 0 (5 inn.): The Blue Knights cranked out 22 hits en route to the CCC West crossover win at Avon’s Fisher Meadow.

Jazmin Lasane connected for a three-run homer and drove in five runs in her two at-bats. Maddy Napierski doubled twice in going 2-for-2. She scored three runs and drove in three others.

Nicole Szuba made her varsity debut and went 3-for-4. Lily Murphy doubled to record her first varsity hit.

Julia Panarella, Sam Sullivan and Stella Blanchard divvied up the pitching duties and combined on a two-hitter. They struck out 12 and walked none. The two Avon hits were of the infield variety.

Southington improved to 7-1 with its sixth straight win. Avon is 0-4.

Sheehan 22, Career 1 (5 inn.): The host Titans landed a TKO with 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The SCC interdivisional victory was the second in a row for Sheehan, which now stands at 5-4.

The Titans piled up 18 hits. Leadoff hitter Reilly Hunter collected two hits and scored five runs. No. 2 hitter Lauren Lindberg was 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI.

Ryen Wolcheski, batting right behind Lindberg, homered and drove in five runs to highlight a 2-for-3 day.

Also for Sheehan, freshman Ivie Archer tripled and collected three RBI while going 3-for-3. Jenna Cyr, fresh from a three-double game against Shelton, doubled and tripled and also drove in three runs.

Gabriella Gawlak went 2-for-3 and combined with Jada Math and Trinity LaValley on a three-hitter.

Windham Tech 15, Wilcox Tech 7: The Tigers grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and pushed it to 9-1 in the third.

Liz Jordan earned the pitching win for Windham Tech (4-3). Mila Gonzalez took the loss for Wilcox (1-7).

Boys tennis

Lyman Hall 2, Career 2: With neither team fielding a doubles slate, the Trojans and Panthers played singles only and split in Wallingford.

Jackson Mailhot and Brady Campbell had the wins for LH (3-4-1). Mailhot took the No. 1 match 6-3, 7-5. Campbell collected a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 2.

Platt 4, Rocky Hill 3: Ben Suzio captured No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-1 and the Panthers swept all three doubles matches to earn the CCC victory.

Anthony Buscemi and Will Suzio delivered a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 1. Jack Suzio and Krupal Patel combined for a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 2. Daniel Krzos and Brandon Kwok were 6-1, 6-0 winners at No. 3.

Girls tennis

Maloney 5, Newington 2: Samantha Pirruccio out-dueled Newington’s Anusha Singh over 2½ hours at No. 1 singles to clinch the team win for the Spartans, their first over Newington since 2010.

Pirruccio won in a super-tiebreaker 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

Maloney also got a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles from Lily Marcuss.

The Spartans, as they’ve often done this season, swept doubles.

Abby and Haley Lespier punched out a 6-3, 6-0 verdict at No. 1. Jocelyn Horan and Sophie Boulier were 6-3, 6-2 winners at No. 2. Savannah Bernabucci and Michaela Wrinn battled to a 6-3, 7-5 decision at No. 3.

With the win, the Spartans improved to 7-2, which qualifies them for the state tournament. Newington fell to 5-3.

Southington 5, RHAM 2: The Lady Knights stand at 6-1 following the CCC interdivisional win in Southington.

No. 2 Adriana Palmieri (6-1, 6-0) and No. 4 Marina Chaplinsky (6-3, 6-0) had the singles wins. Avery Halloran and Sophia Swain notched a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 1 to lead the doubles sweep.

Fanola Dede and Emma Pfanzelt came away with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph at No. 2. Allie Pechillo and Casey Sullivan secured No. 3 via super-tiebreaker 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.

RHAM’s two wins at singles both were decided by super-tiebreakers.

Shelton 5, Lyman Hall 2: The Gaels swept singles en route to the SCC decision in Shelton.

Lyman Hall got wins from its No. 1 and 2 doubles teams.

Keertana Chagari and Abigail French combined on a 6-2, 6-2 win in the top spot. Julie Fredricksen and Gianna Draghi engaged in the day’s lone three-set match with Shelton’s Emily Ahern and Kassidey Wojtowicz. It went to a third-set tiebreaker, with Fredricksen and Draghi pulling out a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) decision.

Shelton came away at 7-2, Lyman Hall at 6-4.

Boys volleyball

Cheshire 3, Norwich Free Academy 0: The red-hot Rams racked up their fifth straight win and improved to 6-2 with the non-conference sweep of the Wildcats (2-6) in Norwich. Game scores were 25-7, 25-11 and 25-12.

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