SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington baseball makes it 9-for-9; Tribe rocks Park City; Sheehan girls track continues to rewrite record book

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington baseball makes it 9-for-9; Tribe rocks Park City; Sheehan girls track continues to rewrite record book


SOUTHINGTON — Charlie Lembo’s Southington baseball team entered the week sitting atop the Class LL rankings.

The Blue Knights are sitting there still at week’s end.

Capping a run of four games in six days, Southington scored a 7-2 CCC West crossover win over Glastonbury at Fontana Field to improve to 9-0.

Glastonbury (4-4) had a shot at springing an upset. The Guardians struck for a 2-0 lead on a Owen Stephens home run in the top of the first and had the bases loaded while trailing 4-2 in the sixth.

Relief pitcher Dante D’Amore squelched that threat and the Blue Knights went on to plate three insurance runs in the home half to put it away.

Jack McManus continued his torrid week by going 2-for-4 with a double and two-run homer.

Devan Bade was 3-for-4 with a RBI double in the sixth. Devin Pelletier was 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks.

Middle reliever C.J. Pierce earned his first varsity win with three scoreless innings. Pierce allowed two hits and one walk while fanning three. 

Wilcox Tech 18, Bullard Havens 0 (5 inn.): The Indians had no “bus lag” arriving at Bridgeport’s Beardsley Park. They cranked out 12 runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to the Connecticut Technical Conference win over the Tigers.

Every Wilcox starter had at least one hit. David Stimpson and Hiram Morales both went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs. Stimpson doubled. Morales tripled twice and scored four runs.

Derek Rascati (2-for-3) and Brandon Alvarado (1-for-3) also had triples for the Tribe. Rescati drove in two runs.

On the hill, Shawn Mailhot and Noah Zamarano combined on a one-hitter. Mailhot went the first three innings, walking three and striking out five while allowing the one hit. Zamarano had two K’s in two frames.

Wilcox returned home at 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the CTC.

Boys lacrosse

Fairfield Prep 15, Cheshire 5: The host Jesuits took this top-10 battle at Fairfield University. Prep, ranked No. 5 in the GameTime CT media poll, improved to 6-2. Cheshire, ranked No. 8, slipped to 5-2.

The Rams got two goals from Brian Bouwman and two assists from Jack Lovelace.

Jason Raba, Evan Stern and P.J. Cass had single goals. Dan Bourdeau and Charles Kurtz contributed one assist apiece.

Andrew Vernon chalked up 15 saves in net.

Girls lacrosse

New Canaan 15, Cheshire 5: The home team took all-Rams showdown in New Canaan to remain unbeaten at 6-0.

Cheshire, falling to 7-2, got two goals apiece from Taylor Warburton and Raegan Bailey. Alex Lucas also scored CHS and Lauren Samela dished an assist.

Cheshire had its chances, mounting 20 shots to New Canaan’s 28.

Lyman Hall 13, Hamden 5: The Trojans improved to 5-2 with the SCC victory in Hamden on Friday.

Lauren Cretella turned in a 13-save effort in net, while Sam Ralston and Claire Riccitelli-Pestana sparked the offense. Ralston scored four goals for a second straight game. Riccitelli-Pestana had three.

Southington 15, Rockville 4: The Blue Knights got goals from nine different players in winning their fourth straight and improving to 5-1 with the CCC romp Friday night in Southington.

Talie Richarson tallied three goals, while Kayli Garcia, Jolie Leavitt, Lilli Doran and Allie Barner buried two apiece. Richardson also set up three goals. Leavitt had two assists.

Nicole DePodesta, Taylor Foresi, Ella Huard and Maggie Richie added single goals for Southington. 

Boys tennis

Cheshire 4, Guilford 3: The Rams improved to 7-1 with the SCC victory over the Grizzlies (3-6) in Guilford.

No. 1 doubles settled the score. The match went to a third-set tiebreaker, with Cheshire’s Nate Houle and Jacob Niebling pulling out a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) decision.

In singles, the Rams took the top three matches behind No. 1 Utsav Subramani (6-2, 6-2), No. 2 Yasha Laskin (6-0, 6-0) and No. 3 Andrew Gershfeld (6-1, 6-1).

Girls tennis

South Windsor 5, Southington 2: A tight CCC interdivisional battle in the South Windsor went the Bobcats’ way.

Southington’s wins came in doubles. Fanola Dede and Emma Pfanzelt prevailed 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2. Allie Pechillo and Casey Sullivan were 6-4, 6-1 winners at No. 3.

The Blue Knights are now 6-2, South Windsor 3-4.

Cheshire 6, Foran 1: The Rams improved to 3-6 with the SCC home win over the Lions.

Cheshire scored a pair of three-set victories in the triumph. Riley Baldoni took No. 2 singles 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, while Rachel Goldstein prevailed at No. 3 via a super-tiebreaker 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.

The Rams also got a 6-4, 6-1 decision at No. 4 from Lila Watkinson.

The doubles sweep was led by the No. 1 team of Ellie Rockoff and Alyssa Behuniak (6-2, 6-3).

Arya Desai and Anya Josef were 6-2, 6-4 winners at the No. 2 match. Hannah Brennan and Julia Hummel served up a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3

Track & field

Sheehan 116 Mercy 32: Another meet, another victory and another school record for the Lady Titans.

Patrice Mansfield ran a time of 12.6 seconds in the 100 meters, breaking a program mark previously held by Keri Wielgosh that had stood since 1992.

The Titans re-set two other school records in the sprints, both of the self-break variety. Avery Winters lowered her own mark in the 200 with a 26.1. Winters also teamed with Mansfield, Clarisse Aminawung and Ali Villano for a record 50.1 in the 4x100.

While she was at it, Winters added a personal-best 61.1 in the 400 as the Titans won 16 events and improved to 5-0.

Distance runner Liz Brown had season-best times of 5:25.4 in the 1600 and 12:03.5 in the 3200. Darla Jagrosse threw for a personal-best 34 feet, 2 inches in the shot put.

Erin Brennan continued to dominate in the jumps. The junior captured the pole vault (10-0), long jump (17-½) and triple jump (36-2).

Maddy Dipasquale was a double-winner in the javelin (81-0) and discus (88-1). Aminawung won both hurdles with times of 17.3 in the 100 and 48.7 in the 300.

Aminawung also combined with Maya Wresien, Olivia Platt and Winters on the winning 4x400 (4:16.8).

Platt won the 800 (2:33) and ran a leg on the first-place 4x800 with Ariana Amodio, Nelie Koepher and Maddy Platt (10:53.2).

Southington: The Blue knights, though without many regulars, handily swept a CCC West meet from Northwest Catholic. The girls won 108-24, the boys 100-28.

Kayla Pelletier won three events to pace the Lady Knights. The senior swept the sprints, taking the 100 in 13.31 and the 200 in 28.27. Pelletier also won the javelin at 119 feet.

Alexah Zaczynski topped the field in the shot put (31-0) and long jump (15-0). Samantha Freyler finished first in the pole vault (7-0) and high jump (4-6).

The Knights also got individual wins from Sara Altomari in the 400 (1:17) and Makenzie Marek in discus (82-10).

The boys had double-winners in Aiden Chesanow and Jack Freyler. Chesanow cleared 11 feet in the pole vault and landed a 37-11 in the triple jump. Freyler threw for 131-10 in javelin and 128-4 in discus.

Matt Geary (shot put, 41-1), Ian Beierle (long jump, 18-3) and Sebastian Maslinski (high jump, 5-0) made it a Southington sweep in the field events.

On the track, Ethan Eng ran a first-place 54.22 in the 400 and Brian Kalwat clocked in at 5:40 in the 1600.

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