WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Platt baseball shuts door on Berlin; Maloney wins fourth straight; Southington volleyball on verge of milestone

BERLIN — Matt Merrigan drove in two runs and Brandon Cahill nailed down a save for starting pitcher Ommy Velez as the Platt baseball team topped CCC South rival Berlin 3-1 on Wednesday night at Sage Park.

Berlin had two men aboard when Cahill closed it out. Velez worked the first 6 2/3 innings.

Zach Baker went 2-for-4 to spark the offense, while Nelson Rondon and Trent D’Aniello also collected hits as the Panthers jumped to 12-3.

Maloney 8, Plainville 3: A three-hit afternoon from Joseph Rodriguez and five solid innings of pitching from Sam Giacco sprung the Spartans (9-6) to their fourth straight win in a CCC South matchup in Plainville. 

Raff Rodrigues and Luis Delgado added two hits apiece. Alex Owen connected for a RBI triple.

Giacco struck out eight and allowed no earned runs. Jack Lischied closed it out for the save.

Wilcox Tech 14, Vinal Tech 3 (5 inn.): The Wildcats spotted the visiting Hawks three runs in the top of the first, then quickly took control with six runs in the home half.

Seven runs in the third sealed the mercy-rule deal.

Derek Rascati and Noah Simone both blasted home runs and Sullivan Koplyck worked four innings to earn the pitching win, helping his cause with two hits in three trips.

Rascati finished 2-for-2. So did Nick Barrett.

While Vinal is a CTC rival, this was a non-conference matchup. Wilcox is now 11-5 overall.

Notre Dame-West Haven 10, Cheshire 0 (5 inn.): Nicholas Hunkele two-hit the Rams in a complete-game performance at Burt Leventhal Field.

Cheshire mustered only singles by Luca Raccio and Ryan Barbieri.

Hunkele more than matched that with a pair of doubles at the top of the ND lineup. Wallingford native Kevin Milewski also doubled for the Green Knights.

The Rams were still within reach, down 3-0, until Notre Dame erupted for seven runs in the top of the fifth. Hunkele walked none and struck out five.

Both SCC teams are now 8-8.


Maloney 15, Plainville 0 (5 inn.): The Spartans improved to 11-5 with the mercy-rule win over the illness-depleted Blue Devils (10-5) in Plainville.

Seven different players had hits for Maloney. The Spartans also capitalized on five errors and seven walks.

Morgan Pelletier and Avery Benigni scored three runs apiece. Maddy LaValle drove in two runs.

Isabelle Smith worked four innings for the pitching win. Smith walked two, fanned six and allowed just two hits. Haley Jensen pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.

Boys golf

Sheehan 189, North Haven 195: Chris Labanara of North Haven copped the medal with a 7-over-par round of 42, but the Titans got the SCC victory at Tradition Golf Club behind Giada Izzo’s 44 and Gavin Mastel’s 47.

With additional rounds of 49 from Drew Dellipaoli and Ben Shoshani, Sheehan was six strokes to the good and now 7-5 in the win-loss column. North Haven fell to 4-6.

Girls golf

Cheshire 189, St. Paul 190: The host Rams edged the Falcons by a stroke at Southington Country Club behind Sydney Hidalgo’s 41 and Sophia DelRosso’s 45.

Mackenzie Corcoran added a round of 50 for Cheshire (8-2). Olivia Beach shot a 53.

Girls lacrosse

Farmington 12, Southington 10: That saying about not so much losing a game, but running out of time? It arguably applied to the Lady Knights in their CCC matchup against the River Hawks at Fontana Field.

Down 12-6 with 1:20 to play, Southington scored four goals to cut the final margin to 2.

Taylor Foresi was a force for Big Blue with three goals and two assists. Gabby Castonguay scored two goals and set up two others.

Southington (9-2) also got two goals and an assist from Makayla Winegar and a goal and an assist from Lilli Doran.

Ella Huard and Nicki Depodesta added one goal apiece. Julianne Bade dished an assist.

Boys tennis

New Britain 4, Wilcox Tech 3: Four of the day’s seven matches went to super-tiebreakers in this non-conference battle in Meriden.

The host Wildcats won two of them. Chase Baez rallied to a 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 win at No. 4 singles. The No. 1 doubles team of Markese Wright and Kristian Marroquin prevailed 6-1, 2-6, 10-4.

Wilcox also took No. 2 singles behind Josh Santiago 6-4, 6-3.

Meriden Co-op 7, Bristol Eastern 0: Platt-Maloney swept the Lancers in Bristol led by Will Suzio’s 4-6, 7-6, 10-7 comeback at No. 3 singles.

Ben Suzio took the No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-1. Jack Suzio was a 7-6, 6-2 winner at the second slot.

Meriden (5-8) also captured No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-0 behind Alex Michaud and No. 1 doubles 6-2, 6-1 with the team of Andrew Paches and Corey Lipscomb. Eastern forfeited the other two doubles matches.

Branford 7, Lyman Hall 0: The Hornets swept the Trojans in straight sets in this SCC affair in Branford.

LH returned to Wallingford at 11-6. Branford is 7-4.

Girls tennis

Wilcox Tech 5, Abbott Tech 2: Matching 8-3 pro-set wins from No. 1 singles player Xochilt Rangel and the No. 1 doubles team of Isabella Wehr and Azayla Yearwood propelled the Wildcats to the CTC triumph in Danbury.

No. 3 Gia Alvarez (8-4) and No. 4 Katreen Chen (8-6) also had singles victories for Wilcox (12-3). Jada Quintero and Laila Zekaroui won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.

Shelton 5, Lyman Hall 2: Gianna Draghi and Julie Fredricksen had the wins for the Trojans (5-11) in the SCC matchup with the Gaels (2-11) in Shelton.

Draghi brought home No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-0. Fredricksen was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 3.

Boys volleyball

Southington 3, Hall 0: The Blue Knights chalked up program victory No. 299 with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 CCC sweep in Southington.

Matt Morgan and Cameron Stanton planted nine kills apiece to lead the way. Setter Ben Roper dished 21 assists.

Anthony Cannatelli (11 digs) and Daniel Semmel (9) anchored the defense.

Southington (12-3) goes for the win No. 300 on Friday in East Hartford.

Farmington 3, Maloney 0: The River Hawks stand at 10-5 and the Spartans at 6-8 following the CCC contest in Meriden. Game scores were 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.

Dev Patel put down a team-high eight kills for Maloney. Adnel Torres and Xavian Brown bagged six apiece.


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