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Cheshire Softball Extends Win Streak, Orlins Hits 50-Win Mark, Boys' Golfers Sweep In Busy Monday Slate

Updated: May 1

Cheshire softball posed for a selfie after winning 13-1 on Monday at Jonathan Law. Submitted photo.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Monday, Cheshire High School softball (11-1) earned their seventh straight victory, 13-1, at Jonathan Law (9-4) in Milford. CHS scored three times in the first inning to take the lead for good and went on to sweep the series with Law in the regular season.

In the circle, sophomore Jenica Matos (16 strikeouts) and junior Marina Gronbach (strikeout) gave up just three hits combined. Sophomore Lyla Blair smacked her first home run (RBI), along with hitting a double.

Sophomore Jordan McCue hit a home run and a single, picking up two RBIs. Juniors Tai Byrd and Erin Hersh both singled twice and finished with three RBIs.

Sophomore Ava Pearson collected a double and a single. Sophomore Molly Fleming chipped in a single and an RBI.

Junior Bailey Vitanza additionally supplied an RBI.

On Wednesday, CHS heads to Madison’s Polson Middle School to face host Daniel Hand at 4:15 p.m.

Boys’ Golf (4-2)

Cheshire shot a 161 to sweep Shelton (178) and Cromwell (188) at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford. Junior Jack DeJoseph (38), senior Josh Wildstein (39), junior Dylan Gillotti (41), and freshman Touraj Rajabipour (43) all broke 45 for the Rams.

On Wednesday at Racebrook Country Club in Orange, CHS competes against host Notre Dame-West Haven at 2 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (6-2)

The Rams had their three-match win streak snapped in a 4-3 loss to Amity (8-1). The rivals have split 4-3 matches this spring.

On Monday, juniors Alex Orlins (6-3, 6-0), Eva Curran (6-1, 6-0), and Hailey Weissman (6-4, 6-2) won singles matches for CHS. A three-year starter at number one singles, Orlins improved her career record to 50-1.

“It is a big milestone. I had no idea that I had reached that (50 wins),” said Orlins, who became Cheshire’s first Connecticut Invitational Tournament champion last year. “It isn’t something I was thinking about when I started playing here. It is great to play against great players and be on a team with these (Cheshire) girls.”

On Tuesday, Cheshire travels to Milford for a rematch with Foran (6-6) at 3:45 p.m. On April 1, CHS opened with a 7-0 shutout of the Lions.

Alex Orlins hits a big serve against Amity.

On Monday, Cheshire tennis player Alex Orlins improved her career record to 50-1. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Girls’ Lacrosse (6-5)

The Rams came up just short 9-8 against host Daniel Hand (9-2) at the Surf Club in Madison. Cheshire trailed 5-3 at halftime and faced a 6-4 deficit in the third quarter, but Rams staged a rally during the final frame.

Sophomore Lauren Kilpatrick scored to tie the game at 7-7 (2:59) and then Tema Caplan netted a shot to put the Rams ahead with 2:01 remaining.

The Tigers responded by tying the game, 8-8, on a goal by sophomore Claire Levis with 1:05 left. Hand won the next draw, ran down the clock, and then senior Hailey Wines posted the game-winner on a wrap around shot with 6.9 seconds remaining.

“I thought that we did a nice job of fighting back to get the lead, but we still had to win the next draw,” reflected Head Coach Dan Warburton. “We need to do a better job of finishing games right now.”

Cheshire received two goals from Caplan, sophomore Tylie Lawless, and senior tri-captain Sella Cahill. Junior Sarah Goldstein also found the back of the net in the fourth quarter.

Junior Mollee Merritt assisted on Cahill’s second goal. In net, sophomore Georgiana Sheehan finished with seven saves.

Monday was Cheshire’s second straight one-goal loss. Last Thursday, the Rams fell 6-5 to Glastonbury in double overtime.

“It (the tight losses) isn’t the best, but we play a tough schedule,” said Warburton. “We are still ranked in the top-16 in the state because we are playing a lot of good teams.”

On Thursday, the Rams take a trip to compete against East Lyme at 6:30 p.m.

Tema Caplan scored her second goal to put Cheshire girls' lacrosse up 8-7 with 2:01 left against host Daniel Hand.

Boys’ Volleyball (8-3)

CHS also dropped a heartbreaker, falling 3-2 (25-22, 15-25, 19-25, 25-22, 13-15) at unbeaten Joel Barlow (12-0) in Redding. Cheshire led 10-8 in game five, but Barlow finished on a 7-3 run.

Sophomore Bradley Fang compiled a personal-best 42 assists, adding four digs.

Junior tri-captain Matti Lilback (19) and junior Jacob D’Addona (15) had career-best kill totals. Lilback additionally had two blocks, two assists, an ace, and a dig, while D’Addona chipped in two digs and an ace.

Senior tri-captain Will Allen secured 11 kills, eight digs, two aces, and a block. Junior Gordon Johns recorded six kills and an assist.

Senior Keegan Grace contributed a career-high seven digs.

On Wednesday, CHS comes home to face Kolbe Cathedral at 6 p.m.

Baseball (2-10)

The Rams fell 7-2 at undefeated Southington (12-0). The Blue Knights jumped ahead 2-0 in the second and put up three runs in the fourth.

After Southington scored in the sixth and seventh innings, Cheshire broke through for two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

For Cheshire, juniors Jackson Enders and Daniel Hayden both contributed doubles. Hayden posted an RBI and scored a run.

Senior Brady Georgescu (run), juniors Kaiden Weinberg and Nick Giampietro, and sophomore Dylan Scalice all singled in the game. Junior Bennett Crerar tallied an RBI.

Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr walked twice and senior Max Bernstein worked a walk.

Junior Alex Convertito pitched 3.2 innings, yielding five hits and two walks. He fired two strikeouts.

Juniors Josh Bonomo (1.1 innings, four hits) and Jerry Piscitelli (inning, hit) worked in relief.

On Wednesday, Cheshire visits West Haven (7-6) to play at 4 p.m. In the first meeting on April 8, CHS won 9-2.

Remainder of Tuesday’s varsity schedule:

Girls’ Golf (3-2)

CHS visits Racebrook Country Club to play host Amity at 3:15 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (9-1)

Riding an eight-game win streak, Cheshire hosts Daniel Hand (4-7) at 6:30 p.m.

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