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Cheshire Softball Gets 200th Win For Drust, CHS Boys' Tennis Sweeps Xavier, Baseball Team Comes Up Short At Home

On Friday, Kristine Drust picked up her 200th win as Cheshire softball head coach. Drust is pictured with Pitching Coach Kelly Hennessey (left) and Assistant Jaymie Sommers (right). From left, seniors Taylor Kozlowski, Emma Ballschmieder, and Karla Carangelo are holding 200 balloons in the back. Submitted photo.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Friday, Cheshire High School softball (10-1) secured their sixth consecutive victory, 16-2, over host Career Magnet (2-5) at East Shore Athletic Complex in New Haven. In sweeping the regular-season series in five innings, CHS also picked up the 200th victory for Head Coach Kristine Drust and Assistant Jaymie Sommers.

Since 2014, the Rams have recorded a 200-37 record.

On Friday, Cheshire jumped ahead with three runs in the first inning and then broke the game open with seven runs during the second. Seniors Karla Carangelo and Taylor Kozlowski combined to pitch a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts.

Junior Julia Miller and sophomore Avery Radford went three for four, with both tallying a personal-high four RBIs. Junior Kaitlyn Matzkin picked up a hit and two RBIs.

Senior Emma Ballschmieder, junior Marina Gronbach, and sophomore Ava Pearson had hits and drove in a run each. Kozlowski and sophomores Addison Coffey and Lyla Blair added hits.

On April 29, Cheshire heads to Milford to face Jonathan Law (9-3) at 4 p.m. On April 10, CHS walked off with a 5-4 victory over their rival.

Boys’ Tennis (10-2)

The Rams extended their win streak to four matches, posting a 7-0 shutout of Xavier (6-4). Cheshire went 2-0 in the regular-season series.

Junior Ben Wu (7-5, 6-2), freshman Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-2, 6-3), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-3, 6-0) won in singles. Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays (7-5, 2-6, 10-7), juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson (6-4, 6-3), and senior Mike Anastasio and freshman Ciaran Hickey (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) were victorious in doubles.

On May 1, CHS travels for a rematch with Guilford (6-4) at 3:45 p.m. On April 8, the Rams won 5-2 in the first meeting.

Baseball (2-9)

Cheshire fell 6-3 to Jonathan Law (4-8).

The Lawmen went up 1-0 in the first inning, but CHS rallied in the bottom half. Junior Bennett Crerar led off with a single and, when senior co-captain Kyle Cyr reached on an infield single, an error allowed Crerar to sprint to home plate.

Cyr scored the second run on a wild pitch.

CHS extended the lead in the second. With two outs, Cyr singled and then scored on an RBI single by junior Jackson Enders.

While facing a 3-1 deficit, Law rallied with three runs in the third. A single and two errors enabled the Lawmen to tie the game.

Law took advantage of a walk, a hit by pitch, and a fielder’s choice to go up 4-3.

“Giving teams the extra outs (errors) has hurt us,” said Head Coach Alex LeFevre. “They get the big hits after we’ve let them extend innings. You need to get some breaks and we haven’t gotten a lot of those this year.”

The Lawmen added runs in the fifth and sixth innings. After relieving senior Hunter Hoxie in the first inning, freshman Chris Dowling pitched the rest of the game and picked up the win.

Junior Christian Galligan singled twice and scored three runs, while senior Tyler Fonck had a single, three RBIs, and a run scored. Law improved to 2-0 against CHS this spring.

“We have to stay hungry and keep coming to practice ready to work. We have to remember to have fun,” explained Cyr. “We have the talent on this team. We haven’t been playing well, but we need to figure it out.”

For CHS, senior pitcher Aiden Erickson earned seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He yielded seven hits and three walks.

Sophomore Josh Bonomo and junior Jerry Piscitelli (hit) worked in relief.

Offensively, junior Luke Mann walked three times for the Rams. Erickson and senior Aiden Erickson also drew walks.

On April 29, Cheshire takes a short trip to face unbeaten Southington (11-0) at 6 p.m.

Baseball pitcher Aiden Erickson recorded seven strikeouts against Jonathan Law.

Saturday’s varsity schedule:

Boys’ Lacrosse (8-1)

Riding a seven-game win streak, the Rams travel to Simsbury (5-2) for a game at 12 p.m.

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