FRIDAY SOFTBALL: Rams run and slug rivals ragged; Sheehan bats reignite; Maloney, WT win big

WOODBRIDGE — So much for perfection.

A five-run second inning put Friday’s softball clash between SCC rivals Cheshire and Amity to early rout in Woodbridge and left the host Spartans with their first loss of the season. The final: 14-5.

Cat Palmer made sure Cheshire’s 7-1 lead would not wilt, belting a three-run dinger in the fourth.

The win was the sixth straight for the Rams, who improved to 8-2. Amity is now 7-1. 

Cheshire rapped out 17 hits in all. Karissa Spring led the hit parade with a 5-for-5 afternoon. She scored four runs and drove in two.

Grace Lurz added four hits and Emily Grayson connected for a single and double.

Spring earned the pitching win. She struck out 12.

Maloney 20, East Hartford 1 (5 inn.): A 10-run fourth inning blew open this CCC crossover game at McAuliffe Park in East Hartford.

The Green Machine catalyst was Isabelle Smith. The senior went 5-for-5 with two doubles and three singles, scored four runs and drove in four runs.

Smith also picked up the win in the circle with four innings of one-hit ball. She struck out seven.

Maddie LaValle, Ellie Lopez and Avery Benigni added two hits apiece.

Maloney is now 5-3, East Hartford 1-7.

Berlin 9, Platt 2: As the long ball went, so went this CCC South matchup in Meriden.

Brooklyn Cividanes went yard for the host Panthers, but the visiting Redcoats powered up three times, with Sophia Fazzina hitting two of them, including a three-run shot in the top of the first inning.

Fazzina finished with five RBI. Kailee DeMaio also homered and Jess Petit rapped out three hits as Berlin improved to 

Emily Hart, Maddy Peck and Brooklyn Cividanes had the hits for Platt. Anna Gostkowski walked and scored on a groundout by Thalia Ortiz.

Wilcox Tech 22, Goodwin Tech10 (5 inn.): The Wildcats got out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first en route to their latest CTC win, this against the Gladiators in Meriden.

Winning pitcher Chloe Enger struck out 12 and helped her cause by driving in three runs at the plate.

Ashley Stimpson doubled, drove in two runs and scored four runs. Leeana Ortiz doubed in two runs.

Wilcox improved to 6-4. Goodwin dropped to 4-3.

Sheehan 13, Branford 2: Shutout by Amity and Cheshire earlier this week, the Titans broke out against the Hornets in Branford.

Three runs in the top of the first got Sarah Wyant’s club rolling. Seven in the sixth finished it off.

Shortstop Ivie Archer had a day, going 2-for-3 out of the cleanup spot with a double and a triple. Archer scored three runs, drove in two and stole a pair of bases.

Jenna Cyr doubled and drove in three runs. Erica Beal also legged out a double.

In the circle, Jada Math pitched smartly with the lead. She walked none, allowed five hits and struck out eight. Neither Branford run was earned.

Sheehan improved to 4-6. Branford fell to 1-6.

Guilford 4, Lyman Hall 2: Alana Peruti engaged in long ball and small, slugging her second home run of the season and laying down a bunt single, in the Trojans’ SCC loss in Guilford.

Lyman Hall (1-7) was coming off 10-3 loss at Shelton on Thursday.


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