SOFTBALL: Dial M-C-WT for Murder! Spartans slug 4 HRs, 21 hits; Rams, ‘Cats also lace up the hitting shoes

WETHERSFIELD — Maddy LaValle and Morgan Pelletier slugged two home runs apiece and the Maloney softball team lashed a collective 21 hits to defeat Wethersfield 18-7 in a CCC crossover contest on Monday.

LaValle, the leadoff hitter, and Pelletier, the cleanup hitter, led an onslaught that saw the top five batters in the Maloney lineup go 16-for-30 and drive in 14 runs.

The Spartans (10-4) built a 12-0 lead by the top of the fifth inning, but had to weather a six-run Wethersfield surge in the home half.

After each team scored a run in the sixth, Maloney sealed the deal with a five-run seventh.

LaValle, Pelletier, Avery Benigni and winning pitcher Isabelle Smith all went 3-for-6. Ellie Lopez was 4-for-6 with four stolen bases and five runs scored.

Pelletier drove in a team-high six runs. LaValle and Smith had three RBI apiece.

Avon 12, Platt 0: Winning pitcher Jackie Pengel held the Panthers to one hit and was a triple shy of the cycle in leading the host Falcons to the CCC crossover win at Fisher Meadow.

Pengel struck out 13 — including nine straight at one point — and allowed only a two-out single by Ariana Soto in the fifth inning.

Platt starting pitcher Emily Hart left the game with a possible knee injury after the first inning.

The Panthers (5-10) were still within 2-0 before the Falcons (8-3) exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal their sixth straight win.

Pengel, Amanda Hasler and Liz Jerger all went 3-for-4 for Avon. Pengel drove in four runs.

Wilcox Tech 19, Abbott Tech 10: The Wildcats got out to an 11-0 lead and led 19-5 heading into the seventh, when the host Wolverines mustered five runs, but still fell well short in a CTC game at Hatters Park in Danbury.

Winning pitcher Chloe Enger singled, doubled and drew a walk, then scored all three times she was on base.

Leeana Ortiz also scored three runs. She had a pair of doubles.

Jordyn Lattman drew five walks and came around to score four runs.

It was the first of five road games in as many days this week for Wilcox, now 11-5. Abbott dipped to 5-8 

Cheshire 19, Mercy 9: Karissa Spring struck out 16 Tigers and the Rams pounded out 16 hits, including home runs by Cat Palmer, Taylor Kozlowski and Erin Hersh, en route to the SCC victory in Middletown.

Palmer finished with three hits and three runs scored. So did Grace Lurz. Palmer also drove in three runs.

Karla Carangelo collected a team-high five RBI on a pair of hits, including a double.

Tai Byrd, Kozlowski and Hersch all finished with two hits and two RBI. Emily Grayson also knocked in two runs.

The Rams now stand at 11-4, Mercy at 5-9.



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