FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Spartan spikers have the finishing touch; Platt softball rallies twice to slay Dragons; Pelletier again goes yard

MERIDEN — All three games were tight, but in the end all three went Maloney’s way Friday in a 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 non-conference volleyball sweep of visiting Wolcott Tech.

Dev Patel and Adnel Torres had big nights for the Spartans. Patel recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs. He also found the floor with four aces. Torres totalled a match-high 16 kills and added three aces.

Setter Onil Carrion steered the ship with 31 assists and three aces.

The Spartans are now 3-6.

Southington 3, New Britain 0: The Blue Knights dusted the Golden Hurricanes in New Britain to improve to 8-2 with their fourth straight win. Game scores were 25-20, 25-22 and 25-18.

Ben Roper dished 26 assists and served four aces to lead the way. Matt Morgan put down 11 kills. Libero Anthony Cannatelli grabbed eight digs.


Platt 8, Middletown 7: The Panthers pulled out a wild one in Meriden.

Down 6-2 heading into the home half of the fourth, Platt rallied to within 6-5, tied it in the fifth, then rallied again for the winning runs in the sixth after Middletown had regained a 7-6 lead in the top half.

Anna Gostkowski had a big day for the Blue & Gold, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Her single in the sixth, compounded by a Middletown error, brought home the tying and winning runs.

Ariana Soto and Emily Hart with both 2-for-4. Hart earned the pitching win, allowing five hits and five earned runs while striking out 13.

The Panthers snapped a four-game slide with the CCC South victory and improved to 5-7. Middletown is 1-8.

Maloney 17, Lewis Mills 5 (5 inn.): Morgan Pelletier jacked another home run and Maddy LaValle collected four RBI to lead the Spartans to the CCC South victory at the Dunn Sports Complex.

Pelletier was 2-for-4 with two RBI. LaValle was 2-for-3.

Hailey Jensen added two RBI and Leah Marrero ended the game via the mercy-rule with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the fifth.

Maloney improved to 7-4. Lewis Mills fell to 1-10.

Wilcox Tech 17, Wright Tech 5: The Wildcats ran their win streak to four with the CTC victory in Stamford. Wilcox is now 9-4.

Girls lacrosse

Amity 11, Cheshire 10: The Spartans staved off the Rams in a SCC rivarly matchup in Woodbridge, protecting a narrow lead throughout the second half to improve to 4-3 and knock Cheshire to 7-3.

Tori Santi led Cheshire with three goals. Ava Harris scored one and set up three.

The Rams also got two goals apiece from Alex Lucas, Ava Matikowski and Lauren Samela.

Boys tennis

Cheshire 5, Sheehan 2: The Rams raised their mark to 4-5 while the Titans fell to 4-8 in the wake of this SCC match in Wallingford.

Cheshire took all four singles matches, led by Utsav Subramani’s 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 1 and Andrew Gershfeld’s 6-1, 6-0 triumph at No. 2.

Tyler Tan tacked on a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 3 and Finn Hickey prevailed 6-3, 6-2.

All three doubles matches went well contested. At No. 1, Sheehan’s Jaidin Kapoor and Matt Carboni topped Ben Wu and Shawn Lawless 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

Sheehan also took the No. 3 match behind Brennan and Ryan Lagasse. They beat Mike Anastasio and Luke Hayland 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

Cheshire’s Phil Dickenson and Will Borland pulled out a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 decision over Vraj Patel and Connor Duffey at No. 2 doubles.

Tolland 5, Meriden Co-op 2: The Platt-Maloney squad fell to 2-7 with the CCC crossover loss in Tolland.

Meriden did take the top two singles matches behind No. 1 Calvin Henderson and No. 2 Jack Suzio. Both won via a third-set super-tiebreaker —Henderson 14-12, Suzio 10-8.

No. 3 singles also was decided by a super-tiebreaker. There, Meriden’s Will Suzio was edged 10-7.

Girls tennis

Branford 7, Lyman Hall 0: The Hornets halted the Trojans’ three-match win streak with the SCC sweep at Doolittle Park.

Branford won every match in straight sets to remain unbeaten at 6-0. Lyman Hall is now 4-8.

Conard 5, Southington 2: Rita Gocllari and the team of Emma Pfanzelt and Casey Sullivan had the wins for Southington in the CCC West setback in West Hartford.

Gocllari rallied to take a three-set thriller at No. 4 singles. After dropping the first set 6-3, Gocllari stromed back 6-4 and captured the match via a 10-8 super-tiebreaker.

Pfanzelt and Sullivan won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.

The loss was the first since the opening week of the season for the Blue Knights, who are now 6-3.

Maloney 7, Lewis Mills 0: The drive up to Burlington was nice and so was the final result, as the Spartans swept in straight sets to get back to .500 at 4-4.

The CCC match featured the first varisty victory for Abbey McClure, who rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

No. 2 Samantha Pirruccio and No. 3 Brianna Skeen won by the same score. Jillian Shapiro took the No. 1 match 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, Savannah Bernabucci and Michaela Wrinn were  6–0, 6–1 winners at No.1, while Nancy Nguyen and Camryn Burns combined for a 6–1, 6–1 decision at No. 2.

Rory Cassidy and Robyn Martorelli capped the day 6-1, 6–0 at No. 3.


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