SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan, Southington hop on that Final Four bus; Sheehan thumps Killingly; Borghese, Blue Knights blank Newington



High school baseball fans, you’ve got some choices to make Tuesday. It’s going to be a busy day.

Both Southington and Sheehan joined Maloney in the CIAC tournament semifinals with quarterfinal victories on Saturday afternoon. While the Blue Knights were blanking CCC rival Newington 4-0 in Class LL behind Vincent Borghese’s two-hit shutout at Fontana Field, coach Dom Lombardozzi and his Titans made the long haul to Killingly and posted a 13-4 victory in Class M.

Chris Barkasy set the tone for the Titans by leading off the game with a home run.

Up 4-2 after three innings, the No. 17 Titans busted things wide open on the No. 8 Redmen with seven runs in the fourth, highlighted by a grand slam from Charles Ennis.

Sheehan, now 15-8, will take on No. 4 Joel Barlow (20-3) in Tuesday’s first Class M semifinal at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Game time is 3:30 p.m. No. 7 Woodland Regional (18-5) and No. 19 Jonathan Law (15-8) meet in the nightcap.

Southington will be at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury. Now 20-3, the No. 4 Blue Knights face No. 8 Danbury (19-4) in Tuesday’s second Class LL semifinal at 7 p.m. No. 3 Fairfield Warde (20-3) and No. 10 Trumbull (17-6) play in the opener at 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Danbury took out top-seeded Xavier, 6-2. Southington, meanwhile, avenged one of its few losses of the regular season in taking out No. 5 Newington (18-4).

The Blue Knights and Nor’easters were scoreless until Jaden Maia and Brady Aylward connected for RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth to put Southington ahead 2-0.

Borghese, in the midst of an 11-strikeout performance, worked around a double in the sixth inning, stranding the runner at third base. In the bottom half, Southington scored twice more to pad its lead.

Maia and Manny Izzo both went 2-for-3 for Southington. Izzo and Justin Chiulli both had doubles. Aylward collected a second RBI with a sacrifice fly. Frank Boutot added a single.

Borghese threw 102 pitches in going the distance. Along with the two hits, he allowed three walks. The senior right-hander is now 8-2 on the season with a 0.81 ERA.

Out in Killingly, Sheehan got a combined four-hitter from Todd Grammatico, Lorenzo Perone and Aiden Caraballo.

Grammatico started and worked into the fifth to get the win. He gave up two runs on three hits and struck out five. Perone got the last two outs of the fifth and took care of the sixth. Caraballo closed it out in the seventh.

Barkasy, after his leadoff dinger, finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. John Cotter and Matt Moconyi also had two-hit afternoons.

Josh Mikulski sparked the big seven-run uprising in the fourth with a RBI single. After the grand slam to left field by Ennis, Owen St. Amant put the cherries on top with a two-run base hit.

Sheehan now advances to hits first state semifinal since 2016. Southington is back in the final four for the first time since reaching the Class LL final in 2019.

Girls lacrosse

Wilton 17, Cheshire 6: The No. 4 Warriors built a 13-3 lead by halftime in posting the Class L quarterfinal victory Friday night over the No. 12 Rams in Wilton.

Molly Snow and Addison Pattillo paced Wilton. Snow piled up seven assists while also scoring three goals. Pattillo pocketed five goals and set up two.

Cheshire was led by Hannah Merritt’s four goals. Leah Black and Lauren Samela had one apiece. Tori Santi and Ava Matikowski dished assists.

Wilton improved to 16-4 and advances to play top-seeded Darien in Tuesday’s semifinals. Cheshire’s season ended at 14-7.

Boys volleyball

Xavier 3, Cheshire 2: A 2-0 lead got away from the No. 5 Rams as they dropped this Class M quarterfinal donnybrook to the No. 4 Falcons in Middletown.

After Cheshire grabbed the opening sets 26-24 and 25-22, Xavier charged back 25-21 and 25-19. The SCC rivals went to a riveting fifth game and the Falcon prevailed 18-16.

That sent the Rams home at 16-8 and Xavier (16-7) on to a semifinal date on Tuesday with top-seeded Joel Barlow at Kenney-Waterbury at 5 p.m. No. 2 Farmington and No. 3 New Canaan meet in the second semifinal.



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