MONDAY SCHOLASTICS: Maloney baseball knocks off East Catholic; Meriden lax chalks up second victory; Cheshire wins in final minute; Spartans rally in 5

MERIDEN — Down 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Maloney baseball team rallied with three runs to beat East Catholic 5-3 on Monday at Ed Zajac Field.

Griffin Papallo tied the game at 3-3 with a RBI single. The go-ahead runs scored when Tyler Duffy, running hard from first to second on Joseph Rodriguez’s ground ball with the bases loaded, forced a throwing error.

Duffy also earned the pitching win with a complete-game 4-hitter. The sophomore southpaw struck out nine against the reigning Class M state champs and walked two.

Joseph Rodriguez finished 2-for-3. He doubled and scored in the bottom of the first when his brother Raf Rodriguez followed with a two-bagger into the right-center gap.

Maloney evened its record at 6-6 and knocked East Catholic to 7-4.

Windsor 13, Platt 3: A five-game winning streak ended for the Panthers with the CCC crossover loss in Windsor against the unbeaten Warriors.

Nelson Rondon stayed hot at the plate with two hits. Caiden Talento and Ommy Velez added one apiece.

Trent D’Aniello took the pitching loss as Platt slipped to 9-3. Windsor is 11-0.

O’Brien Tech 11, Wilcox Tech 4 (5 inn.): Down 11-1 at home, the Wildcats pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning before rain brought a premature halt to proceedings.

Wilcox fell to 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the Connecticut Technical Conference.

Bobby Herzman went 2-for-3 and singled home a run. Brandon Alvarado and losing pitcher Derek Rascati were both 1-for-3 with RBI singles.

The win was the sixth straight for O’Brien Tech, now 7-5.

Lyman Hall 8, Jonathan Law 3: Both SCC teams stand at 7-5 after the Trojans’ victory at Pat Wall Field.


Plainville 7, Platt 1: The Panthers dropped to 5-8 with the CCC South loss to the Blue Devils on Plainville’s turf field.

The game stood at 2-1 until Plainville extended its lead with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth.

Jocelynn Lopez drove in Mia Gostkowski for Platt’s lone run. Lopez finished 3-for-3.

Losing pitcher Emily Hart went 2-for-3 with a double. She struck out 14 in the circle. 

Boys lacrosse

Meriden Co-op 5, Enfield 3: The first-year city squad notched its second victory, beating the Eagles in a Central Connecticut Conference matchup at Platt.

Gabe Roman scored two goals to lead the way. Derek Jacques, Gabe Carrero and Brendon Borak had one apiece.

Meriden is now 2-8, Enfield 2-5.

Cheshire 15, Daniel Hand 13: Matt Jeffery’s goal with 27 seconds left was the game-winner in this showdown of SCC rivals under the lights of Alumni Field.

Cheshire used a 4-0 run earlier in the fourth quarter to surge ahead 12-9. Hand tied it at 13 with 35 seconds to play before Jeffery’s winner eight seconds later.

Jeffery finished with two goals and three assists. 

Jason Raba, Ben Thompson and Charles Kurtz all had four-point nights. Raba scored four goals. Thompson netted three and set up one. Kurtz collected one goal and three assists.

Goalie Connor Atwater posted 13 saves. Face-off specialist Ryan Grove won 24 of 30 draws.

With the win, the Rams rebounded from their one-goal loss to Fairfield Prep and improved to 8-2. Hand slipped to 6-3.

Boys golf

Wilcox Tech 212, O’Brien Tech 215: The Wildcats were three strokes to the good in a CTC Nutmeg match at Hunter Golf Club.

While O’Brien took the medal behind Cheseray Lia’s 9-over-par round of 44, Wilcox countered with a 49 from Jeremiah Soto, a 53 from Connor Wright, a 54 from Alex Segaline and a 56 from Mason Altieri.

It was the first divisional loss for O’Brien, now 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the Nutmeg. Wilcox is 7-3 and 3-1.

Girls golf

Cheshire: Rounds of 45 from Mackenzie Corcoran, Sophia DelRosso and Sydney Hidalgo carried the host Rams to a sweep of Glastonbury and Daniel Hand at Southington Country Club.

Sabrina DiRubba added a 51, giving Cheshire a cumulative score of 186 and a record of 6-1.

Glastonbury (5-3) came in at 194 led by Morgan Peterson’s medal round of 38. Daniel Hand (1-4) carded a 243.

Boys volleyball

Maloney 3, Hall 2: Down 2-0 on their home floor, the Spartans charged back to win in five.

It goes in the books 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 15-12

Fed by Onil Carrion (34 assists), Adnel Torres and Dev Patel continued to tear it up at the net. Torres knocked down 16 kills and Patel pounded out 12. Both added three aces.

Patel also had 18 digs to lead the defense.

Xavian Brown kicked in 12 kills and three aces. Ryan Ruiz-DeValle got to 15 digs.

The victory was the second straight for Maloney (4-6). Hall (5-5) suffered its third straight defeat.

Cheshire 3, Brookfield: The Rams (9-2) racked up their sixth straight W with the non-conference sweep of the Bobcats (1-11) in Cheshire.

Game scores were 25-21, 25-19 and 25-13.

Will Allen and Gianluca Giardina threw down eight kills apiece. They also found the floor with six combined kills, with Allen acing four.

Jason Cafourek collected five digs and three kills. Mason Magruder put down four kills. Drew D’Addio delivered four digs.

Setter Tim Nugent dished out 23 assists and served up three aces.


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