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Cheshire Softball, Girls' Tennis, And Boys' V-Ball Win On Friday, Girls' Lacrosse Team Drops A Rivalry Thriller

Cheshire softball posed for a selfie after winning 9-0 over Sacred Heart Academy. Submitted photo.

For Cheshire girls' lacrosse, Stella Tessier tallied a goal and two assists on Friday.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Friday, Cheshire High School softball (6-1) earned a 9-0 victory over Sacred Heart Academy (1-7). The Rams put up runs in each of the first two innings and then broke the game open by scoring five times in the third.

Cheshire capped the scoring with two runs in the fourth. Sophomore Jenica Matos and junior Marina Gronbach combined to pitch a four-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts.

Senior Karla Carangelo smacked a home run and picked up two RBIs. Senior Emma Ballschmieder (RBI), junior Bailey Vitanza (RBI), and sophomore Ava Pearson also had hits.

Junior Erin Hersh added an RBI.

This Monday, Cheshire hosts Amity (8-2) at 4:15 p.m. On April 1, the Rams opened with a 6-4 victory in Woodbridge.

Girls’ Lacrosse (5-3)

CHS came up just short 9-8 against Conard (5-1). In a back and forth game, the biggest lead was just two goals on two occasions by the Red Wolves.

Conard juniors Olivia Hole and Nicole Gorman netted the first two goals, but Cheshire answered with tallies from senior tri-captain Stella Tessier and sophomore Tylie Lawless.

With 40 seconds left in the first quarter, sophomore Lauren Kilpatrick found the back of the net to allow Cheshire to tie the contest at 3-3.

After Gorman scored just 42 seconds into the second, junior Sarah Goldstein and sophomore Tema Caplan converted to put CHS ahead for the first time.

Hole responded for the Red Wolves, tying the game 5-5 with 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

The Rams struck first in the second half, as junior Mollee Merritt converted on a turnaround shot just 32 seconds into the third quarter. Conard answered with two goals from freshman Ashley Gorman, however, Tessier found Kilpatrick for a goal to tie the game, 7-7, with 6:16 remaining in the third.

In a key momentum shift, Cheshire received a penalty card with 3:12 left in the third quarter. While the home team had to play down a player for two minutes, the Red Wolves responded with goals from Ashley Gorman and senior Meryl Rung to end the third.

“It was tough,” recalled Tessier. “I like the aggressiveness, but we need to try to limit the cards.”

Rung’s tally represented the eventual game-winner, but the Rams didn’t go down without a fight. With 9:15 left, senior tri-captain Sella Cahill scored on a feed from Tessier to cut the deficit to 9-8.

In the final 7:03, both teams received cards, but weren’t able to take advantage. CHS had a chance to draw even, but Conard sophomore goalkeeper Maya Nanayakkara saved a shot by Merritt with just over a minute left.

“We had a lot of chances to win tonight,” said Head Coach Dan Warburton. “The girls played hard. We are young and make mistakes, but this was a good experience to play against a great team. We’ve had a lot of good games against Conard over the years.”

Cheshire sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan finished with five saves.

While coming up short, the Rams were pleased to have Tessier and Caplan back in the lineup. Due to injuries, they were held out of the last two games.

“It was great. I like being out there with my team,” stated Tessier, who played on her birthday.

This Monday, the Rams host Sheehan (3-4) at 3:30 p.m.

From left, Stella Tessier and Sella Cahill posed after Cheshire girls' lacrosse played Conard. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Boys’ Volleyball (5-2)

Cheshire extended their win streak to three games, winning 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-23) over Shelton (5-3). Sophomore Bradley Fang tallied a personal-best 30 assists, adding an ace and a dig, while senior tri-captain Connor Hayes compiled 10 kills, three blocks, and three digs.

Senior tri-captain Will Allen posted eight digs, seven kills, and two assists. Junior Gordon Johns supplied six kills and three digs.

Senior Miles Spataj contributed four kills.

This Monday, Cheshire heads to Pomperaug (6-2) to compete at 5:30 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (5-1)

CHS picked up a 4-3 victory over host Lauralton Hall (4-3) at Eisenhower Park in Milford. Juniors Hailey Weissman (6-3, 6-0) and Leah Pisani (6-1, 6-2) were victorious in the second and fourth singles spots, respectively.

Senior tri-captain Riley Baldoni and junior Ashley Lentini (6-1, 6-2) and senior tri-captain Arya Desai and junior Tannistha Thumatti (6-3, 5-7, 6-3) won in the top-two doubles positions.

This Monday, Cheshire travels to Madison’s Polson Middle School to face host Daniel Hand (4-2) at 3:45 p.m.

Baseball (2-6)

The Rams fell 5-3 to host Lyman Hall (5-3) at Pat Wall Field in Wallingford. Cheshire went up 1-0 in the first inning, but the Trojans responded with three runs in the second.

CHS scored in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game, however, LH pushed across two runs in the sixth and got the win.

For the Rams, senior co-captain Kyle Cyr went four-for-four with two doubles and two singles. Senior Max Bernstein (RBI, run) and junior Nick Giampietro also singled in the game.

Junior Luke Mann worked two walks and scored twice. Classmate Bennett Crerar contributed a walk and an RBI.

Senior co-captain Aiden Erickson pitched four innings, yielding two hits and four walks. He recorded four strikeouts.

Junior Alex Convertito had two strikeouts in two innings. He allowed three hits and two walks.

The Rams return home on Monday, hosting Guilford at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s varsity schedule:

Boys’ Tennis (6-1)

The Rams pit a four-match win streak against Fairfield Prep (5-0) at 1 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (6-1)

Riding a five-game win streak, Cheshire plays Glastonbury (4-3) at 1 p.m.

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