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Cheshire Softball, Boys' Tennis, Boys' Volleyball, and Girls' Track And Field Teams Win In Wednesday Action

From left, Avery Caldwell, Taylor Kozlowski, and Avery Radford helped Cheshire softball win on Wednesday. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Wednesday, Cheshire High School softball recorded their fourth consecutive victory, 14-0, over Wilbur Cross (1-7). Senior Taylor Kozlowski (1-0; three innings, five strikeouts, hit) and sophomore Avery Radford (two innings, six strikeouts, two walks) combined to pitch the shutout.

“It felt good,” said Kozlowski, who made her first start in the circle. “Playing with these girls was a lot of fun. We play for each other.”

Radford made her second pitching appearance of the season.

“It was good,” reflected Radford. “I think we played well as a team.”

Offensively, CHS capitalized on 14 walks and five hit-by-pitches. The Rams jumped ahead with five runs in the first inning and built their lead from there.

Due to the mercy rule, the game was called in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Avery Caldwell came off the bench to tally a pair of RBI singles.

“It was awesome,” stated Caldwell.

Freshman Lyla Dykeman had a single and two RBIs. Juniors Marina Gronbach and Amelia Brancazio and sophomore Callan Fleming added RBI singles.

Sophomore Addison Coffey and freshman Avery Miramant posted two RBIs, while Kozlowski and junior Kaitlyn Matzkin also drove in runs. CHS utilized a deep bench in the win.

“It was rewarding,” said Kozlowski. “All of us work hard in practice. To have so many girls get to play today was great to see.”

On Thursday, CHS travels to compete against Southington (5-1) at 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis (9-2)

Cheshire picked up their second 7-0 victory over Shelton (1-7) this year. Junior Ben Wu (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-2, 6-1), freshman Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-0), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-4, 6-2) were singles winners.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays (6-2, 6-0), juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson (6-1, 6-1), and senior Mike Anastasio and freshman Ciaran Hickey (6-0, 6-0) were victorious in doubles.

On Friday, the Rams face Xavier (6-3) at 3:45 p.m. On April 16 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Cheshire pulled out a 4-3 victory in the first meeting.

Outdoor Track and Field (Girls, 3-2-1; Boys, 3-3)

CHS teams competed in their home openers. Cheshire girls defeated Lyman Hall (111-34) and fell to Shelton (89-61).

Senior Squirrel Lanz paced the Rams by winning the 100- (12.8) and 200-meters (26.8), as well as the 100- (15.2) and 300-meter (47.9) hurdles. Seniors Mia Vientos (800-meters, 2:25) and Katie Hall (pole vault, six feet, six inches) and junior Leah Farrell (400-meters, 1:00.6) also collected individual victories.

Farrell, junior Camryn Beeman, sophomore Eva Morse, and Vientos captured the 4x400-meter relay in 4:22.8. In the 4x800-meter race, Farrell, sophomore Ava Ciccone, senior Alexa Ciccone, and Vientos were victorious in 10:33.2.

CHS boys fell to Lyman Hall (90-60) and Shelton (83.5-65.5). Freshman Matthew Gajecki, junior Daniel Irish, senior James Ferraro, and junior James Boyd won the 4x800-meter race (8:42.5). Junior Ja’mal Titus claimed the javelin (154’9”).

On May 1, Cheshire boys and girls travel to compete against Guilford (host) and Daniel Hand at 4 p.m.

Track and field athlete Squirrel Lanz won four events in Cheshire's home opener. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Boys’ Volleyball (7-2)

To sweep their regular-season series, Cheshire won 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-16) at Xavier (4-6) and extended their win streak to five matches. Sophomore setter Bradley Fang compiled 30 assists, four digs, and two aces.

Senior tri-captain Connor Hayes earned 13 kills, four digs, and three blocks. Senior tri-captain Will Allen (four digs, ace, assist, block) and junior tri-captain Matti Lilback (four blocks, ace, assist, dig) both finished with eight kills.

Juniors Jacob D’Addona (four kills) and Gordon Johns (three kills, block) contributed two digs each.

On Thursday, the Rams host Masuk (6-3) at 6 p.m.

Baseball (2-8)

Cheshire fell 6-4 to host Xavier (3-7) at Palmer Field in Middletown. The Falcons went up 4-0 in the third inning, but the Rams responded with four runs in the fourth.

Xavier came back to put up two runs in the sixth and break the tie.

Junior Bennett Crerar (two RBIs) and senior Blake Johnson had singles for the Rams. Juniors Jackson Enders (run) and Luke Mann both walked twice.

Senior Max Bernstein, junior Drew Sargolini, and sophomore John Paul Nelson (RBI) worked walks and scored runs during the fourth. Junior Nick Giampietro added an RBI.

In four innings, Enders recorded three strikeouts. He yielded four hits and eight walks.

Sophomores Josh Bonomo (two walks) and Dylan Scalice (two hits, walk) both pitched an inning of relief.

On Friday, CHS comes home to play Jonathan Law (3-8) at 4:30 p.m. On April 5, the Lawmen won 4-2 in the first meeting.

Boys’ Golf (1-2)

Cheshire came up just short 162-166 to host Guilford at Madison Country Club. Senior captain Jack Brewster led the Rams with a 38.

Junior Jack DeJoseph shot a 42, while seniors Josh Wildstein and Jacob Berkowitz both had a 43.

On Thursday at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CHS faces Notre Dame-West Haven at 2:30 p.m.

Remainder of Thursday’s varsity schedule:

Girls’ Golf (3-1)

From Southington Country Club, the Rams play Berlin at 2:30 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse (6-3)

The Rams host Glastonbury (5-3) at 6 p.m.

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