WEST HAVEN — The Cheshire softball team gave head coach Kristine Drust a memorable birthday present on Tuesday night.
The No. 2 Rams scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to ring up a 4-3 walk-off SCC semifinal win over No. 6 Amity at Biondi Field and advance to Thursday night’s conference tournament championship.
Trailing 3-1, Grace Lurz and Mia Juodaitis led off the seventh with walks. Both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Lurz scored on an error and Juodaitis scored the tying run on a RBI single by Ari Perlini.
Emma Watkinson provided the game-winning RBI on a sharp groundball. Perlini was safe at the plate and started the celebration.
Cheshire will face top seed North Haven (20-2) in Thursday’s final back at Biondi Field. First pitch is 7 p.m.
Against Amity, Cheshire (19-3) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Courtesy runner Sarah Capute scored on a throwing error.
The Spartans responded with two runs in the top of the fifth, tying the game on an RBI groundout by Juliette Zito and a Rachael Crow RBI single.
Amity (14-8) tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Olivia Greco scored on a wild pitch.
Cheshire and Amity shared the SCC Hammonasset title after splitting during the regular season.
The Rams won 3-0 at home on May 7. The next day, the Spartans won 3-2 in Woodbridge.
Berlin 12, Platt 0: Alyssa Donahue, Victoria Talento and Jaz Hudson provided the only Platt hits in a CCC South-Colonial Division matchup in Meriden.
Caitlyn Hart took the loss for Platt, which dropped 9-9 on the season.
The Redcoats are 12-7.
CTC Tournament, semifinals at Wilcox Tech, 3:45 p.m.
Enfield at Southington, 4:45 p.m.
The Blue Knights were coming off a 21-3 romp of Northwest Catholic on Monday. In that game, Southington piled up 25 hits, nine of them for extra bases.
Gabby Verderame-Malachowski, Katie Gundersen, Alex Rogers and Kelsey Fernandez all tripled as part of three-hit afternoons. Verderame-Malachowski drove in five runs. Jazmin Lasane also tripled for Southington.
Kayla Pelletier and Chrissy Marotto both had two hits and two RBI.
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