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SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Wilcox baseball rallies late; Ranney & LH take down North Haven; Southington edged by Fitch; Cheshire lax notches sweep

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Wilcox baseball rallies late; Ranney & LH take down North Haven; Southington edged by Fitch; Cheshire lax notches sweep

MANCHESTER — The Wilcox Tech baseball team erased a late four-run deficit Saturday to knock off Manchester 5-4 in a non-conference game on the neutral turf of Cheney Tech.

Trailing 4-0 hedaing into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Indians cut the gap in half on a two-run homer by Brian Carabetta, then took the lead with three runs in the sixth.

The Indians of Manchester put the tying and go-ahead runs aboard in the seventh with one out, but Wilcox pitcher Sean Dupuis finished a complete game by inducing a fly out and striking out the final batter.

Wilcox, which had a nine-game win streak snapped on Wednesday by Platt Tech, improved to 10-3. Manchester dropped to 7-6.

Dupuis allowed two earned runs, one walk and seven hits while striking out three.

The senior was also part of the winning rally in the sixth. He got hit by a pitch.

The inning also featured walks drawn by Ed Haniewski and James Theriault, and a RBI infield single by Nick Priebe. Mike Furgalack delivered the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single.

With all the recent rain and unplayable conditions on their home field, Saturday’s game was the Indians’ fourth on Cheney Tech’s artificial turf in the last week and a half. Wilcox is due to resume playing at home on Monday against Whitney Tech.

Lyman Hall 7, North Haven 5: Jake Ranney raked two hits, drove in two runs and earned the pitching win to lead the Trojans to the SCC Quinnipiac victory at Bailey Avenue Field in North Haven.

Lyman Hall improved to 5-9. North Haven dipped to 7-6.

Zach Kizer had a three-hit day for the Trojans. Matt Battiste and Anthony Cretella added base hits and RBIs.

Ranney worked into the fifth inning. Anthony Boyle pitched two-plus innings to earn the save.

Fitch 2, Southington 1: Two unearned runs in the the sixth inning cost the Blue Knights in this non-conference matchup in Groton.

Southington plated its run in the seventh on Bryce Werth’s RBI single, and Werth got in scoring position by beating out a fielder’s choice at second base, but the game ended on a fly out to left.

The loss was Southington’s first since the 1-0 setback in 13 innings against Glastonbury on April 16 and it dropped the Blue Knights to 11-2.

Ryan Henderson (3-1) pitched well in his matchup with Fitch’s Tom Wagner. The game was scoreless through five innings. Both pitchers went the distance and allowed just three hits.

Both also pitched to contact. Henderson struck out three and walked two. Wagner whiffed just one and walked just one.

Both of Fitch’s runs were unearned. The Blue Knights committed three errors in the sixth inning, including a pair with two outs.

Fitch’s lone hit in the sixth resulted in Southington center fielder Andrew Paradis throwing a runner out at the plate. It was the second assist of the game for a Southington outfielder. Left fielder Jack Meade had cut down a runner at home in the third inning.

Southington’s rally in the seventh began with a leadoff single by Jake Neuman. Werth later connected for his RBI with two outs.


Sheehan 12, Branford 5: The Titans snapped a nine-game slide with the SCC Housatonic victory over the Hornets at Pragemann Park.

Sheehan is 2-11, Branford 4-11.

Boys lacrosse

Sheehan 8, North Branford 3: The Titans pocketed their sixth straight win in a non-conference tilt in North Branford.

Both of these teams are heading to the postseason. Sheehan is 8-3 and North Branford 8-5.

Cheshire 10, Joel Barlow 3: The Rams snapped a six-game skid with the non-conference victory in Cheshire.

Brendan Grove was a rock in net with eight saves.

Offensively, Brian Bouwman scored four goals, while Jack Lovelace scored two and set up three.

Ryan Mancl scored twice. P.J. Cass and Tim Krutz both had two assists.

Also for the Rams (5-7), Nick DiDomizio and Jon Oriis connected for single goals.

Girls lacrosse

Cheshire 14, Newtown 10: The two Annies were at it again as the Rams notched their seventh straight victory in a non-conference showdown with the Nighthawks at Alumni Field.

Annie Acquavita and Annie Eddy had five goals apiece as Cheshire, the top-ranked team in the Class L playoff points, improved to 11-1. Newtown dipped to 8-2-1.

The Rams led wire to wire, scoring the game’s first four goals. 

Raegan Bailey recorded a hat trick. Sophie Cremo scored one goal and assisted on another.

Mikayla Crowley, Acquavita and Eddy also had single assists. Sophie Kurtz corralled six saves in the cage.

Girls tennis

Cheshire 7, West Haven 0: The Rams swept this SCC match in Cheshire in straight sets to improve to 8-2.

Singles victories were notched by Olivia Santoro (6-0, 6-1), Sydney Wang (6-1, 6-1) and Jenna DeGennaro (6-1, 6-2). Gro Neigard took the No. 4 match by default.

In doubles, the Rams dropped just one game. The No. 1 tandem of Kelsea Mann/Jenny Wang led the way followed by Christine Anthony/Caroline Robatille and Alyssa Behuniak/Ellie Rockoff.

Glastonbury 5, Southington 2: This was a super-tight CCC West match beetween the Tomahawks and host Blue Knights. Four of the contests were settled by super-tiebreakers, and those tiebreakers were decided by no more than two or three points.

Southington took two, led by Abby Murphy’s 2½-hour epic at No. 1 singles against Glastonbury’s Catherine Zak. Murphy staved off two match points and then took the next four to record a 7-5, 2-6, 11-9 victory.

The Blue Knights also got a win at No. 1 doubles, where Chantelle Gimenez and Kate Hardy teamed for a 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 decision.

In the two super-tiebreakers that went Glastonbury’s way, Joelle Stublarec fell 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 at No. 2 singles and Riley Tindall was edged 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 at No. 4.

Southington is now 8-2. Glastonbury is 7-3.

Track & field

Lyman Hall: Mike Toppin took the gold medal in the 400 meters at the Middletown Invitational with a personal-best time of 49.61.

That time is two-tenths of a second off the school record set last spring by Blake Jandreau.