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Sunday, May 26, 2013

SLC softball semifinal: H-K def. Hale-Ray, 2-0


Shoreline Conference semifinal

No. 1 Haddam-Killingworth def. No. 5 Hale-Ray, 2-0

H-K’s Lauren McCann and Caroline Fortuna had back-to-back RBI singles in the first inning for the game's only runs, leading the Cougars to their third consecutive Shoreline Conference title game with a 2-0 win against Hale-Ray Sunday.
The Noises put the winning run on first base in the seventh inning, loading the bases with two outs, before H-K shortstop Lauren McCann fielded a ground ball and dove to second base with the game-ending forceout.
Ciara Samuels pitched a complete-game shutout for the Cougars, while Hale-Ray’s Becky Pease went all seven innings in the loss. Hale-Ray outhit H-K, 8-6.
Alex LaFemina was 3-for-4 for the Noises.

H-K will meet the Old Saybrook/Morgan winner in the SLC title game today at Westbrook. Tentative start time is 4 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2013

SLC TENNIS: Old Lyme's White, Coginchaug's Frank are singles winners

Check out full results from this week's Shoreline Conference tennis championships below:


Boys tennis

No. 1-2 singles

Final: Morgan White (Old Lyme) def. Kyle Peterson (Valley), 7-5, 7-5
Semifinals: Morgan White (Old Lyme) def. Eli Phelps (Morgan),  6-2,6-3; Kyle Peterson (Valley) def. Justin Danielewicz (Portland), 6-1, 6-3

No. 3-4-5 singles:

Final: TJ Salvatore (Portland) def. Andrew Geres (Portland), 6-1, 6-2
Semifinals: TJ Salvatore (Portland) def. Harris Freudenthal (Westbrook), 6-1, 6-0; Andrew Geres (Portland) def. Alex Brault (Old Lyme), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: 

Final: Suraj Khosla/Sam Henry (OS) def. Richard Le/Steven Churchill (Portland), 6-4, 6-3 
Semifinals: Richard Le/Steven Churchill (Portland) def. Luke Grabowski/Brian Buttrick (Old Lyme), 4-6, 6-0, 7-6; Suraj Khosla/Sam Henry (Old Saybrook) def. Kelvin Peterson/Will Bodner (V) 7-6, 6-2

First Team All-Shoreline 

Morgan White (Old Lyme)
Kyle Peterson (Valley)
Eli Phelps (Morgan)
Justin Danielewcz (Portland)
TJ Salvatore (Portland)
Andrew Geres (Portland)
Sam Henry (Old Saybrook)
Suraj Khosla (Old Saybrook)
Richard Le (Portland)
Steven Churchill (Portland)

Team champion

Portland (19-1)


Girls tennis

No. 1-2 singles

Final: Melanie Frank (Coginchaug) def. Reilly Fitzgibbons (H-K), 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Semifinals: Melanie Frank (Coginchaug) def. Rachel Scrivano (Cromwell), 6-0, 6-0; Reilly Fitzgibbons (H-K) def. Abby Wolff (Valley), 6-2, 6-4

No. 3-4 singles

Final: Halle Lavieri (H-K) def. Christie DeAntonis (Old Saybrook), 6-1, 6-2
Semifinals: Halle Lavieri (H-K) def. Hannah Halsey (Valley), 6-2, 6-1; Christie DeAntonis (Old Saybrook) def. Jackie Stevens (Valley), 6-1, 6-0

Doubles 

Final: Mia Neas/Mary Kate Morrison (Old Saybrook) def. Sarah Burzin/Lexi Riggio-McGrath (Valley), 7-6 (11-9), 4-6, 6-2
Semifinals: Sarah Burzin/Lexi Riggio-McGrath (Valley) def. Callie Burns/Lydia Murphy (Westbrook), 7-6 (11-9), 6-2; Mia Neas/Mary Kate Morrison (Old Saybrook) def. Hannah O’Brien/Michelle Gao (Old Lyme), 6-3, 6-4

First Team All-Shoreline 

Melanie Frank (Coginchaug)
Reilly Fitzgibbons (H-K)
Abby Wolff (Valley)
Rachel Scrivano (Cromwell)
Halle Lavieri (H-K)
Christie DeAntonis (Old Saybrook)
Mary Kate Morrison/Mia Neas (Old Saybrook)
Sarah Burzin/Lexi Riggio-McGrath (Valley)

Second Team All-Shoreline

Callie Burns/Lydia Murphy (Westbrook)
Hannah O’Brien/Michelle Gao (Old Lyme)
Jackie Stevens (Valley)
Hannah Halsey (Valley)
Lindsay Knepshield (Old Lyme)
Meredith Aird (Old Lyme)
Alex Steward (Old Saybrook)
Mackenzie Earley (H-K)
Daniela Palomeque (Old Saybrook)
Meghan Farley/Hannah VanBenSchoeten (Valley)

Team champion

Old Saybrook (16-2)

Monday, May 20, 2013

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Streaking Mercy rallies against Foran, 4-3


A three-run homer by junior Astin Donovan erased a 3-0 deficit in the fifth inning, sparking Mercy softball to a 4-3 win against Foran Tuesday in Middletown.
Even at 3 runs apiece, Mercy’s Steph Mangiameli hit a sacrifice fly to send Catherine Wrang home with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.
Mercy scored four runs on four hits against Foran starter Jess Harkness, and took advantage of a Foran error in the sixth inning before scoring the winning run. Mary Adametz was the winning pitcher, striking out three and scattering five hits in a complete-game effort.
The win is Mercy’s 13th in a row, lifting the team to 15-2.
Foran is 13-4, and the loss snapped a four-game winning streak.
The two teams will meet again in a regular-season finale Monday in Milford. The Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinals will take place Tuesday.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SHORELINE CONFERENCE BASEBALL: Standings, analysis

Coginchaug walks off with a 3-2 victory against Old Saybrook on April 15.

On the first day of the season, it became clear the Shoreline Conference would have a shake-up year.

Portland beat East Hampton for the first time in at least four years, Jake DeCarli of Haddam-Killingworth pitched a three-hit shutout while striking out 15 and Valley Regional came back by scoring eight in the top of the seventh to defeat Coginchaug.

And that was just the first day. Here are some quick hits from the last few weeks of SLC baseball:

  • Portland has been the surprise of the season thus far with victories over East Hampton, Old Saybrook, H-K, Westbrook and Old Lyme. The Highlanders sit atop the Small Division standings.
  • The top two teams in the conference's Large Division (H-K and Cromwell) faced off on April 5. The Cougars nabbed a 6-2 victory against the defending state champion Panthers. It's the only loss so far for Cromwell (6-1).
  • On April 16, H-K sophomore Brian Moskey threw a perfect game against Hyde Leadership, striking out nine on 72 pitches. The Cougars won 20-0.
  • Two of Coginchaug's wins have come in walk-off fashion, a 3-2, 10-inning win over Old Saybrook on Monday and a 1-0 win over Hale Ray a week earlier.
  • In summation, the Shoreline Conference is up for grabs, and there are some big games in the near future. On Friday, Coginchaug plays at Haddam-Killingworth, East Hampton at Cromwell, Morgan at Hale-Ray, Valley Regional at Old Lyme and North Branford at Portland.

Shoreline Conference baseball standings

Team Conf. Overall
Large Division
1. Cromwell 4-1 6-1
2. H-K 4-2 5-2
   North Branford 4-2 5-2
3. Coginchaug 4-3 5-3
4. Morgan 3-3 4-3
5. Valley Regional 2-4 2-4
6. Old Saybrook 2-5 2-5
Small Division
1. Portland 5-1 5-2
2. Old Lyme 4-2 5-2 (Head-to-head)
3. East Hampton 4-2 4-3
4. Hale-Ray 2-3 2-4
5. Westbrook 0-6 0-6
6. Hyde 0-7 0-6

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: State final appearances (baseball), Middlesex County