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FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Perez tilts the balance of power to Maloney; Hart has a day for Platt; Cheshire and Southington girls lax stay unbeaten; another fast start propels Blue Knights 9

FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Perez tilts the balance of power to Maloney; Hart has a day for Platt; Cheshire and Southington girls lax stay unbeaten; another fast start propels Blue Knights 9

MIDDLETOWN — The Maloney and Middletown softball teams see-sawed back and forth in a CCC South-Colonial Division slugfest Friday until Milytza Perez tilted the balance to the Spartans and kept it there.

Perez belted a three-run home run in the fifth inning as Maloney took the lead for good, then shackled the Blue Dragons with three innings of shutout relief in an 8-6 victory that kept the Spartans undefeated.

Maloney, after one week of the regular season, stands at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the South-Colonial.

Two days removed from a 5-4 win over division rival Berlin, the Spartans hooked up with Middletown (2-2, 1-1 South-Colonial) in a battle that saw four lead changes. The Blue Dragons put up four runs in the last of the fourth to shoot ahead 6-3 before Perez and the East Siders answered with four in the top of the fifth.

The Spartans added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Lea White, Madison LaValle and starting pitcher Taylor Trowbridge all had big days at the plate for Maloney. White was 4-for-4 with a double and triple. LaValle, only a freshman, went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Trowbridge was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Maloney plays twice at home next week at the Dunn Sports Complex before leaving for a Florida trip to Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Conard is in on Monday, New Britain on Wednesday.

Platt 33, Bulkeley 4; Every batter in the lineup had at least one hit and one RBI as the Panthers (1-1) rolled in a CCC crossover game in Hartford. Wiinning pitcher Caitlyn Hart led the charge. The junior went 5-for-6 with two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs. Jazmir Hudson and Dani Fuentes were both 3-for-5. Hudson drove home four runs, while Fuentes knocked in three.

Mercy 4, Lyman Hall 1: Shaky defense and sleepy bats led to Lyman Hall’s first loss of the season in a SCC crossover with the Tigers in Wallingford. After scoring 30 runs in their first two games, the Trojans (2-1) were limited to one run and three hits by Mercy pitcher Alexa Boone, who struck out 13. Losing pitcher Alex Tenero had two of Lyman Hall’s hits. She also pitched well, allowing just four hits while striking out six. Only one of Mercy’s four runs was earned. The Trojans made seven errors while the Tigers (1-2) played error-free. Ashley DeLuca and Chanel Delgado accounted for the four Mercy hits with two apiece.  Faith Barbieri had the other hit for LH. Barbieri also stole three bases and scored the Trojans’ run.

Sheehan 17, Wilbur Cross 0 (5 inn.): Riley Wolcheski and Jada Math combined on a four-hitter in this SCC crossover in New Haven shortened by the mercy rule. Wolcheski worked the first four innings and struck out nine. Math struck out the side in the fifth. Ryen Wolcheski slugged a three-run homer to pace the offense. Meghan Murphy and Julia Hilinski both went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Also for Sheehan, Nicole Dorsey and Marissa Gonzalez were both 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Dorsey also doubled and drove in two runs. Gonzalez collected three RBI.

Girls lacrosse

Cheshire 11, Conard 10: The Rams scored eight straight goals to build a 9-1 lead by halftime, then weathered a furious Conard comeback in the second half to earn the non-conference win in West Hartford. Conard, led by UConn-bound Kate Shaffer’s five goals, scored the last six of the afternoon, but could not get off a final shot in the waning moments. The Rams returned to Cheshire at 3-0. The Chieftains fell to 1-1. Annie Acquavita and Annie Eddy led the Cheshire attack. Acquavita bagged four goals. Eddy scored three and set up three others. Mikayla Crowley added two goals for the Rams, while Raegan Bailey tallied one goal and one assist. Also for Cheshire, Taylor Warburton scored a goal, Liney Dutchyshyn dished an assist and Sophie Kurtz collected five saves. After opening the season with three road games, the Rams play their home opener Tuesday against Amity at 6 p.m.

Southington 19, Norwich Free Academy 1: Back on the field 24 hours after defeating Newington in their season opener, the Blue Knights stormed to 2-0 with the non-conference rout in Southington. Talie Richardson and Kate Barner burned the Wildcats for four goals apiece. Karolina Kurzatkowska and Grace DellaVecchia delivered two each. Southington also got single goals from Sarah Mafale, Emma Doran, Brooke Lynch, Amy Chudy, Taylor Borla, Kaitlyn DeLorenzo and Kayli Garcia. The Blue Knights have scored 39 goals in their first two games. They’ll be in North Haven on Monday night.


Middletown 10, Maloney 2: The Blue Dragons broke open a 2-2 game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to the CCC South-Colonial Division victory in Middletown. Owen Papciak suffered the pitching loss. He was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.

Southington 11, Conard 1 (5 inn.): The Blue Knights made it 2-for-2 in West Hartford to open the season, following up Wednesday’s 17-4 hammering of Hall with Friday’s mercy-rule romp over the Chieftains. In both games, Southington got a jump with multiple runs in the top of the first — five at Hall, three at Conard. Jack Meade led the charge Friday going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles. Meade also stole three bases. Kevin McIntyre laced a RBI triple in his first varsity at-bat for Southington. Andrew Paradis and Billy Carr also drove in runs for Big Blue. Jason Krar got the pitching win. Bryce Worth closed it out.