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Cheshire Tennis And Boys' Volleyball Teams Win On Friday, Rams Baseball Comes Up Just Short Against Rival

On Friday, Cheshire girls' tennis enjoyed playing in their Theresa's Battleship Play in Purple Match against Shelton. Created in memory of former co-captain and 2012 graduate Theresa Fitzpatrick, the Theresa's Battleship Foundation raises money for cancer research benefitting Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Submitted photo.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Friday, Cheshire High School tennis teams extended stellar seasons. At Doolittle Park in Wallingford, CHS boys (12-2) posted their second 7-0 victory over host Lyman Hall (10-6) and also extended their win streak to six matches.

Junior Ben Wu (6-3, 6-0), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-1, 6-0), and freshmen Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-1) and Ciaran Hickey (default) won in singles. For doubles, junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays (6-1, 6-0), juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson (6-2, 5-7, 11-9), and juniors Jason Liu and Krish Mehta (6-0, 6-0) were victorious.

Cheshire girls improved to 8-2 with a 6-1 victory over Shelton (7-6). The Rams went 2-0 in the regular-season series.

Senior tri-captains Riley Baldoni and Arya Desai (6-1, 6-2), juniors Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti (7-5, 6-1), and sophomores Ava Dicicco and Brianna Hawkins (6-0, 6-0) swept doubles. Junior Alex Orlins (6-1, 6-1), senior tri-captain Anja Josef (7-5, 6-1), and junior Eva Curran (6-0, 6-0) were individual winners.

At number four singles, junior Hailey Weissman came up just short 7-5, 4-6, 9-11.

CHS tennis teams return to action this Monday. Cheshire girls host Daniel Hand (6-4) at 3:45 p.m. On April 22, the Rams pulled out a 4-3 victory in Madison.

CHS boys travel to face Branford (9-5) at 3:45 p.m. On April 23, Cheshire recorded a 5-2 victory in the first meeting.

Baseball (3-11)

The Rams came up short 2-1 against Notre Dame-West Haven (7-7). The rivals split their series in the regular season. 

On Friday, the Green Knights scored both of their runs in the first inning. Junior Justin DeJesus and senior James Mascari led off with singles.

Junior Jackson Enders responded with a strikeout and then when the Green Knights laid down a bunt, Enders fielded the ball and threw to senior catcher Chris Kobylanski, who made a tag out at home plate.

The Rams had picked up two outs, but Mascari scored the first run on a wild pitch and then ND-WH scored the second run on a throwing error.

In the second inning, Cheshire brought in junior pitcher Alex Convertito. Over the next four innings, Convertito posted five strikeouts.

He yielded five hits and two walks, but didn’t give up a run.

“Coming into the game, my mindset was to throw strikes and mix up speeds,” explained Convertito.

Defensively, the Rams turned two double plays in the game.

“The defense played great behind me,” reflected Convertito. “I threw the ball and they made the plays.”

Offensively, CHS cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth inning. With two outs, junior Bennett Crerar singled and then scored after consecutive wild pitches.

“When I saw the ball on the ground, I took the extra bases,” recalled Crerar. “I thought it gave us a boost to get a run in.”

Sophomore Josh Bonomo (two hits, walk) and junior Jerry Piscitelli (two hit by pitches) followed Convertito in pitching a scoreless inning of relief.

“Alex, Josh, and Jerry did a nice job of coming in relief and holding them down today,” said Head Coach Alex LeFevre.

In the bottom of the seventh, Crerar singled for the second time, but freshman pitcher Zach Lawrusko got the last two outs to pick up the complete game victory for ND-WH.

LeFevre felt that the Rams had good energy going into the seventh.

“(Senior co-captain) Kyle Cyr almost beat out a ground ball, but the fielder made a nice play on it. Bennett got on after that, but we weren’t able to get him in,” stated LeFevre.

Also for the Rams, junior Drew Sargolini had a single in the game.

This Monday at 5 p.m., CHS plays Sheehan (7-7) at University of Connecticut’s Elliott Ballpark. On April 16 in Wallingford, the Titans won 12-2 in the first meeting.

While the season hasn't started the way they had hoped, LeFevre is encouraged by how his team continues to work hard every day at practice.

“These guys don't quit," said LeFevre. "I feel that it is on me right now to find answers. These guys are way too talented to not be having more success.”

Cheshire baseball's Alex Convertito pitched four scoreless innings against Notre Dame-West Haven. Photo by Greg Lederer.

On Friday, Bennett Crerar singled twice and scored a run for CHS baseball.

Boys’ Volleyball (10-3)

The Rams won 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-15) at Daniel Hand (0-10) in Madison.

Sophomore Bradley Fang compiled 14 assists, four kills, three aces, and a block. Junior Bryan Rochefort supplied 12 assists and two aces.

Senior tri-captain Connor Hayes earned seven kills, while junior tri-captain Matti Lilback (two blocks) and James O’Connor (two aces, dig) both had six kills.

Senior tri-captain Will Allen provided three kills, two assists, two blocks, two digs, and an ace. Junior Jacob D’Addona contributed three kills, three digs, an ace, and an assist.

Junior Jake Tierney added three assists, two aces, a dig, and a kill.

On Monday, Cheshire visits Shelton (8-5) to play at 6 p.m. On April 22, CHS came away victorious 3-0 in the first meeting.

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