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Cheshire Softball Sweeps Guilford, Moves To 15-1


From left, Jenica Matos and Karla Carangelo contributed to Cheshire softball sweeping Guilford on Wednesday. Photo by Greg Lederer.


In game one on Wednesday, Cheshire softball's Karla Carangelo hit the eventual winning two-run home run to snap a scoreless game in the 10th inning.


by Greg Lederer

Herald Staff


Back on April 17, the Cheshire High School softball team had to leave Guilford without a final result in their game. Due to darkness, the scoreless contest had to be suspended going into the top of the 10th inning.

The rivals played well into extra innings last month, but when they got back together on Wednesday at CHS, the Rams needed just minutes to come away victorious.

Cheshire (15-1) put up two runs in the top of the 10th and then held the Grizzlies (12-5) scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to secure a 2-0 shutout.

Sophomore pitcher Jenica Matos finished with a two-hitter and tied her career-high strikeout total with 18.

“Our mindset was to be aggressive and score first,” reflected senior center fielder Karla Carangelo. “We wanted to end this game quickly because we knew that Jenica was going to pitch two games today. We wanted to limit the pitches she needed to throw.”

CHS staged their winning sequence with one out in the 10th. Sophomore Ava Pearson laid down a bunt in front of home plate and reached first base with a single.

Pearson moved second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Tai Byrd. After starting the inning with small ball, the Rams snapped the scoreless game with one swing of the bat.

On the first pitch she saw, Carangelo smacked a two-run home run over the fence in left field.

“The first time (we played them), I didn’t have good at bats against their pitcher. She mixed up her pitches, so I had to make an adjustment today,” recalled Carangelo. “In that (first) at bat, she missed with a rise ball and I jumped on it.”

In the bottom of the 10th, Guilford senior Addie Smith worked a two-out walk, but Matos struck out the side to clinch the victory.

After completing their first game, the rivals took a 15-minute break before playing the rematch. Once again, the Rams shut down the Guilford offense and came away with a 5-0 victory.

The game represented Cheshire’s 11th straight win.

“We are all really connected this year,” said Carangelo. “We have fun at practice and support each other as a team.”

CHS wasted no time jumping ahead in game two against Guilford, scoring twice in the first inning. Pearson (single), Byrd (walk), and Carangelo (single) reached with one out and then junior Erin Hersh put CHS up 1-0 with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Byrd scored the second run on an RBI single by junior Bailey Vitanza.

“I felt more confident after we got those runs,” said Matos, of pitching after Cheshire’s fast start.

The score remained the same until the fifth inning. Pearson was hit by a pitch and then scored on Carangelo’s second two-run homer of the day.

This time, she hit the ball over the fence in right field.

“It felt really good today,” stated Carangelo. “I was just looking to drive something hard somewhere and you know she (the pitcher) left the balls up, so I capitalized on that.”

Cheshire capped the scoring in the sixth. Sophomore Lyla Blair singled with one out and then junior pinch runner Julia Miller came around to score on an RBI double by sophomore Jordan McCue.

Matos recorded another shutout with 14 strikeouts and six walks. The Grizzlies walked twice in the second, but Matos ended the inning with a strikeout.

She had a no-hitter until a one-out single by freshman Sarah O’Brien in the top of the seventh.

“I knew I had it (the no-hitter) going,” said Matos. “It felt great to get the win for the team.”

Pearson joined Carangelo with two hits in the win. Hersh added a double and senior Emma Ballschmieder chipped in a single.

On Friday at University of Connecticut’s Burrill Family Field, the Rams face Sheehan (12-5) at 5:30 p.m.


CHS softball is riding an 11-game win streak. Submitted photo.


Cheshire softball pitcher Jenica Matos struck out 14 batters in game two against Guilford.

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