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Cheshire Spring Teams Sweep On Monday

From left, Tema Caplan, Lauren Kilpatrick, and Addison DeRosa contributed to Cheshire girls' lacrosse winning 19-1 over Sacred Heart Academy. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Monday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (3-1) built a 10-0 halftime lead en route to a 19-1 victory over Sacred Heart Academy (0-2). The Rams netted the opening 15 goals and allowed just one goal in the third quarter.

“I feel we have been building up a lot of momentum this year,” said sophomore Tema Caplan.

Against SHA, Caplan (five) and classmate Lauren Kilpatrick (four) both had career-high goal totals. Caplan also earned an assist.

Juniors Mollee Merritt (two assists) and Sarah Goldstein (assist) netted two goals each, while classmate Allie Grove posted a goal and three assists (personal high). Senior tri-captain Sella Cahill tied her career-best assist total (two) and scored a goal.

Junior Helen Baxter, sophomores Tylie Lawless (first assist) and Madeleine Tessier, and freshman Charlotte Dziura added goals. Senior tri-captain Stella Tessier and junior defender Addison DeRosa chipped in assists.

To earn her first point, DeRosa passed from the outside to Merritt, who converted on a point-blank shot in front of the net with 2:08 left in the second quarter.

“I second-guessed myself on making that pass, but it was great to see Mollee make the catch and put the ball in the net,” explained DeRosa, who made multiple runs up the field in the first half. “It was definitely tiring.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan made six saves.

While having graduated a deep senior class, CHS has won three of the opening four games with a new lineup.

“We have more of a younger team, so we want to show what we can do this year,” explained DeRosa.

On Wednesday, Cheshire faces Amity (2-2) at 6 p.m.

“We are really excited,” said Kilpatrick. “If we play our game, we can win.”

Softball (3-0)

CHS extended their perfect start with a 14-0 victory over Career Magnet (1-1). Cheshire put up three runs in the first, third, and fourth innings, along with scoring five times in the second.

Junior Marina Gronbach and sophomore Avery Radford combined to pitch a 1-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts.

Offensively, Gronbach had a multi-hit game with a personal-best four RBIs. Junior Kaitlyn Matzkin also contributed multiple hits and finished with a career-high three RBIs.

Senior Emma Ballschmieder and junior Amelia Brancazio picked up a hit and an RBI apiece. Radford, senior Taylor Kozlowski, and sophomore Addison Coffey added hits.

Freshman Lyla Dykeman tallied her first RBI. Junior Erin Hersh also drove in a run.

On Wednesday, the Rams host Jonathan Law (4-0) at 4:15 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (3-0)

The Rams stayed unbeaten with a 6-1 victory at Shelton (0-2). Junior Alex Orlins (6-2, 6-1), senior tri-captain Anja Josef (6-1, 6-1), and sophomore Ava Watts (6-3, 6-3) won in singles. It was the first win for Watts.

Senior tri-captains Riley Baldoni and Arya Desai (6-3, 6-3), juniors Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti (6-0, 6-0), and sophomores Ava Dicicco and Brianna Hawkins (6-1, 6-1) completed a doubles sweep.

On Friday, the Rams come home to face Daniel Hand (1-1) at 3:45 p.m.

Baseball (1-3)

After falling 20-2 to host Ridgefield on Saturday, Cheshire bounced back to get their first win, 9-2, over West Haven (1-3).

“The motivation was to forget that it (that game) ever happened,” reflected Head Coach Alex LeFevre. “We had a terrific practice the next day and that set us up for today’s game.”

The Blue Devils jumped ahead in the fourth inning, but the Rams responded with three runs in the bottom half and then broke open the game with five runs in the fifth.

“That was massive,” said LeFevre, of how the Rams rallied from their deficit. “When we’ve made mistakes this year, teams have capitalized, but our guys don’t quit on each other.”

Junior Bennett Crerar went four-for-four with two doubles, a triple, a single, two runs scored, and five RBIs (career high).

“I changed my approach a little bit from the first three games,” reflected Crerar. “I tried to swing the bat more early in the count and it worked out.”

His two-run triple put CHS ahead 2-1 in the fourth.

“It was great,” stated Crerar. “I was just trying to put something deep in that outfield to drive the guys in.”

“Bennett Crerar took matters into his hands today,” added LeFevre. “He had three extra-base hits.”

Junior Luke Mann also shined at the plate, singling in all three of his at bats. He came around to score twice.

“We pushed Luke into the two spot (in the order),” said Crerar. “He laid down two crucial bunts. He did his job and more.”

Junior Jackson Enders reached base three times (two singles, walk) and scored a run. Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr (walk, two runs), junior Drew Sargolini (RBI), and sophomore Nick Giampietro (two RBIs) chipped in singles.

Senior Max Bernstein walked twice and senior Blake Johnson worked a walk. They both scored a run.

Senior co-captain Aiden Erickson pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and two runs. He registered four strikeouts.

“Aiden Erickson was a steady presence on the mound,” stated LeFevre. “He kept his pitch count down, so he could work late in the game.”

In his varsity debut, sophomore Stephen Fitzmaurice fired a strikeout in the seventh inning and closed out the game.

“We just told him that he would be coming up to varsity,” recalled LeFevre. “He stepped up and threw a scoreless inning for us.”

Along with the game, Cheshire and WH participated in an Autism Awareness Month fundraiser for Sun, Moon & Stars, Inc. The organization aims to provide opportunities for individuals to participate in activities, events, and program, along with building a strong community within Greater Waterbury and surrounding areas.

Cheshire and WH both provided items for raffles at the game. The fundraiser was inspired by Assistant Kevin Fagella and Trainer Kelly Ranalli, who both have children with Autism.

“It was an awesome event,” stated LeFevre. “We take pride in giving back to the community. We appreciate West Haven being gracious enough to work with us today.”

Sun, Moon & Stars President and Board Chairman Christine Faressa and local youngsters threw out first pitches before the game.

“I think baseball creates things bigger than the game and that (cause) is one of them,” said Crerar. “We knew that we had to win that one (game).”

On Wednesday, Cheshire heads to Quigley Stadium to compete against host Notre Dame-West Haven (2-1) at 3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis (3-1)

CHS posted a 5-2 victory over previously unbeaten Guilford (2-1). Junior Ben Wu (6-1, 6-4), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-2, 6-4), freshman Mark Laskin (6-1, 6-0), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (7-5, 6-2) swept singles.

Juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson were victorious 7-5, 6-4 at number two doubles.

On Wednesday, CHS plays Lyman Hall (3-1) at 1 p.m.

On Monday, Bennett Crerar went four-for-four for Cheshire baseball. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Cheshire and West Haven baseball teams combined to hold a fundraiser for Sun, Moon & Stars, Inc. Photo by Greg Lederer.

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