SOUTHINGTON — Several area softball players, including a trio from Southington, were instrumental in leading their Division III teams to conference championships this weekend.
Hayley Arduini of Endicott College along with Alessandra Milardo and St. Joseph University teammate Isabell Russo are all headed to the NCAA Division III Tournament after capturing, respectively, the Commonwealth Coast Conference and Great Northeast Athletic Conference crowns.
Arduini, a senior left fielder from Southington, hit a pair of two-run homers in Endicott’s 10-0 CCC championship game rout of the University of New England on Sunday. She hit three total homers for the tournament and was named the CCC Player of the Week on Monday.
Sunday’s final also featured a perfect game from Endicott pitcher Maggie Oram, the CCC Pitcher of the Week.
Olivia Odermatt of Cheshire, Endicott’s senior center fielder, cracked a two-run blast of her own in Saturday’s 8-0 semifinal win over New England, a victory that set up Sunday’s winner-take-all tilt.
Meanwhile, in the GNAC, St. Joe’s was also winning by shutout, edging Simmons 3-0 in the championship game.
Russo, a senior shortstop out of Southington, led the defensive effort behind winning pitcher Amaria Sharon.
Milardo, a sophomore right fielder from Plantsville who went to St. Paul, led the offense by going 2-for-3. She singled, doubled, stole a base and scored two runs.
Freshman left fielder Samantha Iannone of Wallingford, a Sheehan grad, added a base hit in the championship game victory for the Blue Jays.
Endicott (32-5) and St. Joe’s (27-17) next play in the regional round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this weekend. There are 16 regionals. The winners advance to best-of-three super regionals beginning May 17. The eight super regional winner advance to play in Tyler, Texas in a double-elimination championship from May 23-28.
Wallingford’s Abate named All-Conference at Mitchell
NEW LONDON — Wallingford native Peter Abate, a senior second baseman with the Mitchell College baseball team, has been named the All-Conference Second Team in the New England Collegiate Conference.
It was the second All-Conference nod for the former Sheehan Titan.
This spring, Abate batted .304 with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored over 16 league games. He also didn’t commit an error in 68 chances.
Mitchell’s season ended at 34-8 in the NECC Tournament. Abate finished with an overall batting average of .263 with 24 RBI and 32 runs scored.
CIAC honors state Scholar-Athletes
SOUTHINGTON — Fourteen area scholar-athletes were among the 346 honored at the 36th Annual CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club on Sunday night.
The event is the largest CAS-CIAC hosts each year. It recognizes two senior student-athletes — one boy and one girl — from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievement are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.
Honorees are chosen by the member schools. Area selections were:
Cheshire: Samantha Grenon and Ankit Sahasrabudhe;
Lyman Hall: Kailey Lipka and Luke Horobin;
Maloney: Brenna DiMella and Matt Bahre;
Platt: Julia Misner and Cameron Germe;
Sheehan: Rayna Esch and Mark Amodio;
Southington: Abigail Lo Presti and Tyler Bade;
Wilcox Tech: Tatiana Gonzalez and Elias Henry.
Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes for the spring season are currently being selected. They will be presented in June and invited to the fourth annual “Best of the Bunch” awards brunch at the Aqua Turf on June 23.