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Cheshire Softball, Girls' Lacrosse, Tennis, Girls' Golf, Boys' Volleyball Team Pick Up Victories On Monday

From left, Lyla Blair, Jenica Matos, and Jordan McCue contributed to Cheshire softball winning 3-0 over Amity. Photo courtesy of Sophia Dykeman.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Monday, Cheshire High School softball (7-1) won 3-0 over Amity (8-3) to sweep the series in the regular season. Sophomore Jenica Matos pitched a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and three walks, while the Spartans were hampered by five errors.

Amity drew two walks in the top of the first inning, however, junior third baseman Tai Byrd made a diving stop on a ground ball and threw to first base to end the inning.

“I felt great after that,” reflected Matos. “We had a plan coming in. Amity was expecting us to go outside, but we busted them inside.”

Cheshire jumped ahead in the bottom of the second. Junior Erin Hersh (double), sophomore Molly Fleming (error), and junior Bailey Vitanza (fielder’s choice) reached to load the bases with nobody out.

Sophomore Lyla Blair came through with an RBI single to score junior courtesy runner Julia Miller, but Amity junior catcher Jenna Maus tagged out Fleming at home plate.

“We wanted to build up energy in the game,” explained Blair. “It was good to get that hit to right field and take the lead.”

The Spartans got two fielder’s choices to end the second and then threatened offensively in the fourth. Senior Avery Dillon drew a walk and junior Leah Monschein reached on an infield single to Cheshire’s no-hitter, however, Matos struck out the side to keep the shutout intact.

After shutting down their rival, CHS turned around to score their last two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Fleming sprinted around to third base after Amity committed two errors in the field.

Soon after, Fleming scored the second run on another fielding error. Blair extended the inning with a single and sophomore Jordan McCue drove in sophomore pinch runner Addison Coffey with an RBI single.

“It was great,” stated McCue. “I think it is really important to stay aggressive in games like this.”

Matos retired the final 10 Amity batters, racking up six strikeouts in that span.

McCue and Blair both two hits in the win. Byrd added a single.

On Wednesday, Cheshire hosts Wilbur Cross (1-6) at 4:15 p.m.

For Cheshire softball in the second inning, Lyla Blair drove in the first run against Amity.

Girls’ Lacrosse (6-3)

The Rams secured a 15-4 victory over Sheehan (3-6). Sheehan junior Addison Molampy netted the opening goal, but Cheshire ended the first half on a 12-0 run.

Sophomore Tema Caplan tallied four goals and an assist. Junior Sarah Goldstein and sophomore Tylie Lawless both scored twice, while junior Allie Grove and sophomore Madeleine Tessier had a goal and two assists each.

Juniors Mollee Merritt (assist), Helen Baxter, Quinn Clark, and sophomores Lauren Kilpatrick and Sarah Mollin also found the back of the net. Sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan made 10 saves.

On Thursday, Cheshire hosts Glastonbury (4-3) at 6 p.m.

CHS lacrosse player Tema Caplan scored four goals on Monday. She added an assist.

Girls’ Tennis (6-1)

CHS pulled out a 4-3 victory over host Daniel Hand (4-3) at Polson Middle School in Madison. In singles, juniors Alex Orlins and Eva Curran won 6-2, 6-1 in the first and third singles spots, respectively.

At number two doubles, senior tri-captain Arya Desai and junior Tannistha Thumatti rallied to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Juniors Ava Dicicco and Brianna Hawkins supplied a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the third position.

On Wednesday, the Rams travel to Milford to compete against Foran at 3:45 p.m. On April 1, CHS opened the season with a 7-0 victory over the Lions.

Boys’ Tennis (7-2)

With a 6-1 road win, Cheshire swept their regular-season series with North Haven (3-6). Junior Ben Wu (6-1, 6-2), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-0, 6-0), freshman Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-0), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-2, 6-1) combined on a singles sweep.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays (6-1, 6-1) and juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson (6-0, 6-2) were victorious in the top-two doubles spots.

On Tuesday, the Rams host Branford at 3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (6-2)

Cheshire extended their win streak to four matches, recording a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) at Pomperaug (6-3) in Middlebury. Senior tri-captain Will Allen compiled nine kills, four blocks, two digs, an ace, and an assist.

Junior Jacob D’Addona recorded eight kills, two digs, and an ace. Sophomore Bradley Fang contributed 26 assists, three digs, two aces, two kills, and a block.

Senior tri-captain Connor Hayes (ace, block, dig) and juniors Gordon Johns (three aces, two digs, and Thomas Superchi (two digs, assist) all finished with four kills.

On Wednesday, CHS travels to Middletown to face Xavier (4-4) at 4 p.m. On April 5, the Rams pulled out a 3-2 win in the first meeting.

Girls’ Golf (3-1)

At Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, CHS (198) defeated host Newington (208) and Wethersfield (211). Sophomore Julia Paek has earned medalist (38) in all three matches.

Senior captain Sophia DelRosso (45) and junior Olivia Beach (55) followed Paek on Monday. Sophomore Piper Dooling (60) and junior Haley Hannan (66) rounded out the lineup.

On Thursday at Southington Country Club, Cheshire plays Berlin at 2:30 p.m.

Baseball (2-7)

The Rams fell 10-5 to Guilford (7-2). The Grizzlies jumped ahead with five runs in the second and added two in the third and sixth innings to build a 9-4 lead.

CHS got on the scoreboard in the second. They added three runs in the fourth inning.

The rivals both scored in the seventh.

For CHS, juniors Bennett Crerar and Drew Sargolini both had a double, a single, and a run scored. Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr supplied a double and two RBIs, while junior Jackson Enders posted a single, an RBI, and a run scored.

Senior Brady Georgescu and sophomore Dylan Scalice both singled and came around to score. Senior Max Bernstein and sophomore John Paul Nelson added singles.

Junior Luke Mann drew a walk and picked up an RBI.

On the mound, junior Alex Convertito gave up six hits and three walks in three innings. Sophomore Stephen Fitzmaurice also worked three innings, yielding three hits.

Convertito and Fitzmaurice both struck out two batters.

Junior Jerry PiscitellI (hit, strikeout) pitched the seventh inning for the Rams.

On Wednesday, Cheshire heads to Middletown’s Palmer Field to compete against host Xavier (2-7) at 7 p.m. In the April 1 opener, Xavier won 7-4 at CHS.

Remainder of Tuesday’s varsity schedule:

Boys’ Golf (0-1)

For the home opener at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Cheshire plays Amity at 2:15 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (7-1)

Riding a six-game win streak, the Rams host Guilford (5-2) at 6:30 p.m.

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