THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Another day, another set of walk-offs; Cheshire boys lax, Southington girls extend win streaks

The Lyman Hall and Cheshire baseball teams engaged in a walk-off drama when they went head to head on Wednesday.

They went their separate ways Thursday and again encountered a walk-off final act, this time both to the good.

Cheshire, a 4-3 victim to LH on Wednesday, beat West Haven 6-5 on Thursday at Burt Leventhal Field when Kyle Cyr singled home Luca Raccio with the winning run.

Meanwhile, over at Pat Wall Field in Wallingford, Lyman Hall conjured walk-off magic for a second straight day, downing Branford 7-6 in eight innings when Justin Hackett singled home Tyler Casey.

When the on-field celebrations subsided, Cheshire stood at 5-3 and Lyman Hall at 4-3.

Cheshire’s walk-off table was set by Raccio and Ian Wirtz, who led off with singles. Cyr’s capper came with one out.

Cyr, Raccio and Wirtz all finished with two hits. So did E.J. Quint, Damon Zarulo and Ryan Barbieri.

Cyr’s walk-off settled an up-and-down day in which Cheshire took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth only to see West Haven match the 3-spot in the top of the fifth.

The Rams reclaimed a 4-3 lead in the home half on a RBI double by Barbieri, but West Haven capitalized on two errors and a wild pitch to shoot ahead 5-4 in the top of the sixth.

Quint drove in the game-tying run in the sixth. Ryan Camp earned the pitching win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

At Pat Wall, Jack Pesta earned the win for Lyman Hall with three innings of scoreless relief. Dylan Gay, who had the walk-off hit Wednesday, went 2-for-4 Thursday. Owen Rich connected for a two-run double.


Maloney 17, Farmington 2 (5 inn.): The Spartans scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to the CCC crossover win at the Dunn Sports Complex to improve to 4-3.

Mogan Pelletier blasted her fourth homer of the season, a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning. Pelletier scored four runs on the day.

Hannah Yale was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Maddy LaValle went 1-for-1 with three walks and four runs scored. Ellie Lopez, also 1-for-1 with a walk and hit by pitch, scored three times.

Pitchers Isabelle Smith and Haley Jensen combined to give up two runs on two hits in five innings. Smith went the first three frames to earn the win.


Cheshire 165, Amity 172: Riley Brabant’s medal round of 38 led the Rams to the SCC victory over the Spartans at The Farms Country Club.

Cheshire, now 2-0, also got a round of 40 from Jack Brewster, a 43 from A.J. DePaolo and a 44 from Nick Fortunato.

Boys lacrosse

Wethersfield 15, Meriden Co-op 1: The first-year city squad fell to 1-5 with the CCC loss to the Eagles (3-1) at Platt.

Cheshire 16, Amity 3: The Rams stayed red hot, routing the Spartans in Woodbridge to win their sixth straight and improve to 6-1. Amity had come into the game at 5-1.

The Rams were powered by six-point outings from Charles Kurz (4 goals, 2 assists), Sean Grevelding (5 goals, 1 assist) and Jason Raba (1 goal, 5 assists).

Matt Jeffery added two goals and two assists. Andrew Benjamin scored two goals and assisted on a third, while Ben Thompson had one goal and two assists.

Also for Cheshire, Brady Potyrala notched a goal and an assist and Ryan Grove won 18 of 23 faceoffs.

Girls lacrosse

Southington 16, Tolland 4: The unbeaten Lady Knights (6-0) scored the first 12 goals of the game before halftime and cruised from there to post the CCC victory in Southington.

Gabby Castonguay fueled the offense with four goals and two assists, while Lilli Doran and Auria Mullins both chalked up three goals.

Taylor Foresi factored in with two goals and two assists. Makayla Winegar scored two and set up one. Nicki DePodesta and Ella Huard added single goals.

Sheehan 9, West Haven 8 (OT): Jayna MacKenzie scored the game-winner in overtime, her third of the night, to lift the Titans to the SCC win in West Haven late Wednesday.

Aubrey Monroe tallied two goals and Grace Keenan collected 15 saves in the cage as Sheehan won its third straight and improved to 5-1.

Olivia Fritz, Mia Levesh, Addison Molampy and Erin Villano added a goal each.

Boys tennis

Lyman Hall 6, West Haven 1: The Trojans improved to 6-3 with the SCC victory at Doolittle Park.

Jackson Mailhot’s 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles set the tone. No. 2 Brady Campbell (6-0, 6-0), No. 3 Anshul Patel (6-2, 6-2) and No. 4 Caiden McManus (6-2, 6-0) followed with straight-set decisions.

In doubles, Joe Marrone and Nathan Rininger combined on a 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1. Kevin Duong and Sean Collingham prevailed 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2.

Cheshire 5, Shelton 2: The Rams (2-5) got back on the winning track with the SCC win at Shelton (0-7).

No. 1 Utsav Subramani and No. 2 Andrew Gershfeld led a singles sweep by winning their matches 6-0, 6-0.

Tyler Tan turned in a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 3 and Finn Hickey was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 4.

Will Borland and Phil Dickenson rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

The Rams were coming off a 4-3 home loss on Wednesday to unbeaten Branford (5-0). Subramani dominated the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0, Gershfeld chalked up a 6-3, 7-5 victory at No. 2 and Hickey battled to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 decision at No. 4.

Girls tennis

Southington 4, Berlin 3: Rita Gocllari’s epic victory at No. 4 singles earned the Blue Knights the CCC crossover win at Berlin.

The first two sets went to a tiebreaker — 7-6 (7) for Gocllari in the first; 6-7 (9) for her Berlin opponent in the second —before the match was settled by an 11-9 super-tiebreaker.

Southington (5-2) also chalked up a singles victory at No. 3, where Marina Chaplinsky won 6-3, 6-0.

In doubles, Emma Pfanzelt and Casey Sullivan captured the No. 1 match 6-1, 6-4. Olivia Scalise and Elia Butrimas took care of business 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3.

Newington 4, Maloney 3: The Nor’easters (4-1) scored the CCC South win on their home courts as Meghana Gadde and Emily Gaudet got past Maloney’s Savannah Bernabucci and Michaela Wrinn 6-7 (8), 6-2, 12-10 at No. 1 doubles.

The No. 1 singles match was an even greater barnburner, with Maloney’s Lily Marcuss and Newington’s Anusha Singh battilng for three hours. Marcuss won it 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.

The Spartans (2-4) also got a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles from Sophie Boulier and a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 decision at No. 2 doubles from Samantha Pirruccio and Nancy Nguyen.

Cheshire 7, Shelton 0: The Rams earned win No. 1 for new head coach Peter Zacharias with the SCC victory in Shelton. Both teams are now 1-4.

Alex Orlins swept 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while the No. 1 doubles team of Lila Watkinson and Riley Baldoni prevailed 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2. Anja Josef (6-1, 6-3), No. 3. Asya Tarabar (6-0, 3-1; retired) and No. 4 Eva Curran (6-2, 6-2) added singles wins. Cayla Dolan and Hailey Weissman cruised 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

The top match was at No. 2 doubles, where Julia Hummel and Arya Desai prevailed 7-5, 7-5.

Boys volleyball

Cheshire 3, Xavier 1: The Rams dropped the first game in Middletown 25-13, then pulled away to the SCC victory 25-22, 25-20 and 25-9.

With Tim Nugent handing out 27 assists, Cheshire got double-digit kills from Will Allen (13) and Gianluca Giardina (10).

Nugent added four aces and three kills.

Cheshire improved to 5-2 while knocking Xavier to 6-2.


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