WEST HARTFORD — Hall pitcher Sophie Garner-MacKinnon struck out 19 batters and allowed only two hits, yet the Southington softball team found a way to beat her Thursday, 4-2, in a CCC West-Colonial Division clash.
The Blue Knights manufactured runs by all means — third-strike passed ball, errors, stolen bases — and also got a gutty pitching performance of their own from Julia Panarella.
After Hall rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the first inning, Panarella kept the Warriors at bay, stranding runners in scoring position in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings.
For Southington, Ali Rembish drew a walk, stole second and ultimately scored on a passed ball in the first.
In the same inning, Sam Sullivan reached on a dropped third strike, stole second and scored on a throwing error on a ground ball.
Southington got its first hit off Garner-MacKinnon in the fourth inning when Dom Gaudio singled to right-center.
Speedy Lauren Verrilli came in to run and put the wheels in motion. She stole second and third and scored when the throw on the latter play was wild.
Elyse Picard landed the knockout punch in the seventh inning. Up as a pinch-hitter in her first varsity at-bat against a pitcher who’d allowed just one hit, Picard tripled on a full count and wound up scoring on a passed ball.
Sheehan 22, Hamden 9: Dannielle Geary hit for the cycle to power the Titans to the SCC Hammonasset win in Hamden. The Titans now stand at 3-2.
Cheshire 172, Jonathan Law 208: Jack Brewster earned his first varsity medal to lead the Rams (3-0) to the SCC win over host Law (0-3) at Orange Hills Country Club.
A.J. DePaolo and Riley Brabant both shot 43 for Cheshire. Chris Scoffone carded a 46.
Maloney 196, Bristol Central 202: The Spartans improved to 3-1 with the CCC South triumph at Hunter Golf Course.
Scott Petrosky earned the medal for Central (2-2) with a 41. Maloney countered by posting four of the next five low scores: Dylan Miller (46), Kory London (47), Nathan Camire (50) and Josh Farnsworth (53).
Sheehan: The Titans shot a 196 to sweep a SCC tri-meet with East Haven (204) and Hillhouse (241) at Alling Memorial Golf Course.
Sheehan’s Anthony DeFilio garned the medal with a round of 46.
Billy Totz (49), Ben Shoshani (50) and Andrew Carey (51) also scored for the unbeaten Titans (4-0).
Wilcox Tech 205, Goodwin Tech 253: Cole Maluszewski took the medal with a 45 and Colin Fletcher was one stroke back at 46 as the Indians captured the CTC Nutmeg match at Stanley Golf Course.
Alex Segaline added a 56 and Aiden Suski carded a 58 for Wilcox, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Nutmeg.
Sheehan 6, West Haven 1: With the SCC victory in West Haven, the Titans improved to 4-1.
Abbott Tech 5, Wilcox Tech 2: The Indians (0-4) took the two doubles matches in this CTC contest in Meriden.
Gustavo Diaz and Darel Hernandez teamed for a 9-7 win at No. 1. Alex Ortiz and Jack Tomaszewski rolled 8-1 at No. 2.
Wilcox Tech 5, Platt Tech 0: The Indians swept singles 8-1 in pro sets behind No. 1 Xochitl Rangel, No. 2 Melani Medina, No. 3 Melissa Hernandez and No. 4 Perla Diaz en route to the CTC win in Milford.
Luisa Avila and Gia Alvarez notched an 8-4 triumph at No. 1 doubles as Wilcox improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the CTC.
Branford 4, Sheehan 3: The host Hornets dealt the Titans (3-1) their first setback on the season in this SCC match played in Branford.
Track & field
Sheehan: The Titans forged a SCC dual meet split with Daniel Hand on their home track. The girls powered to a 123-25 victory. The boys lost 109-41.
Erin Brennan won three events for the girls, taking a jumping trifecta in the pole vault (9-6), long jump (16-9) and triple jump (35-2½).
Clarisse Aminawung swept the hurdles — 17.5 in the 100, 51.6 in the 300 — and led off a pair of first-place relays ahead of Avery Winters and Patrice Mansfield.
The trio was joined by Ali Villano on the 4x100 (50.2) and by Maya Wresien on the 4x400 (4:24.3).
Mansfield took the individual 100 (13.2), Winters the 200 (26.7) and Wresien the 400 (64.7).
Sheehan also got track wins from Olivia Platt (800, 2:37) and Liz Brown (1600, 5:37.7).
In throwing events, Maddie DiPasquale won both the javelin (76-2) and discus (88-5). Darla Jagrosse captured shot put (33-9¾).
Paul Burkett led the Titans in the boys meet. The junior took the long jump (18-9) and 400 (53.1) and also teamed with Jelan Kollie, Lucas Leon and Ryan Villano on the first-place 4x100 relay (44.5).
Villano captured the 200 (23.5).
Cheshire: The Rams split their season opener at home against Guilford, with the boys romping 99-28 and the girls falling 89.5-61.5.
Kira Zawalich was a triple-winner for Cheshire in the girls meet. Zawalich won the 100 meters (13.1), 100 hurdles (no time available) and 300 hurdles (51.2). She also anchored the first-place 4x400 relay behind Emma Lepisto, Caroline O’Dea and Cat Palma (4:49.3).
Also winning for the Rams were Samantha Mudry (200 meters, 30.0), Arjanne Josef (pole vault, 6-6), Emily Curtis (javelin, 76-6) and Caitlyn Cienki (shot, 22-5¼).
In the boys meet, Lucas Riccitelli won four field events, Colin Brown captured three events and Ryan Farrell dominated in distance to pace Cheshire.
Riccitelli swept the throwing events — shot put (26-6¼), discus (85-2) and javelin (92-10) — and also won the triple jump (33-8 ½).
Colin Brown swept the sprints, taking the 100 (10.8) and 200 (22.7) while also capturing the long jump (18-5½ ) and anchoring the first-place 4x100 relay (56.3).
Brown was joined on the relay by Stephan Anton, Ethan Lin and high jump winner Jayden Reid (5-0).
As for Farrell, the All-State senior won the 1600 (4:46.1) and the 3200 (9:59.5). Farrell also ran the anchor legs on the winning 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Farrell was joined on the 4x8 (9:13.5) by Robert DiNatale, Tyler Caron and Daniel D’Souza. Farrell combined with Ethan Gonzalez, Owen Ferguson and Caron on the 4x4 (3:47.2).
Caron took the individual 400 (56.7).
Cheshire 3, Pomperaug 0: The Rams posted their second non-conference sweep of a South-West Conference team in as many days, toppling the Panthers 25-6, 25-22, 25-10 in Cheshire.
Cheshire (3-2) was coming off a 3-0 road win at Oxford. Tim Nugent dealt 17 assists and four aces in that match. Shea Cronin planted eight aces. Samson Portal put up six kills and five aces, while Thor Novicelli notched a team-high seven kills.