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CHS Tennis Teams Sweep SCC Quarters, Rams Baseball Closes Out Spring Season

For CHS girls' tennis, Anja Josef has provided a key contribution in singles. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

In Saturday's Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinals, Cheshire High School girls' tennis (12-3) won 6-1 over Mercy (sixth seed, 13-6). Senior tri-captains Riley Baldoni and Arya Desai (6-1, 6-2), juniors Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti (6-1, 6-3), and junior Elle Shaw and sophomore Ava Dicicco (6-0, 6-1) swept doubles.

Senior tri-captain Anja Josef (6-2, 6-1) and juniors Eva Curran (6-1, 6-0) and Leah Pisani (6-0, 6-0) were singles winners. In the third position, junior Hailey Weissman came up just short in three sets (6-1, 1-6, 0-6).

For the semifinals on Monday, Cheshire travels to play Amity (second seed, 13-3) at 3:45 p.m. The Rams won 4-3 on April 5 in Woodbridge, while the Spartans won the by same score on April 29 at CHS.

Boys’ Tennis (third seed, 15-4)

CHS picked up a 5-2 victory over Xavier (third seed, 9-7) in the SCC quarterfinals, improving to 3-0 in the season series. Junior Ben Wu (6-3, 6-3), freshman Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-1, 6-3), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-2, 6-4) picked up a singles sweep.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays were victorious 6-4, 6-0 at number one doubles.

Like the girls, Cheshire visits Amity (second seed, 16-2) for semifinal action on Monday at 3:45 p.m. On May 7, the Spartans earned a 5-2 road win.

Baseball (3-17)

Cheshire ended the season with a doubleheader. First, the Rams fell 5-2 to host Guilford (13-6) at Palmer Field in Middletown.

CHS went up 1-0 in the third inning, but Guilford tied the score in the fifth. Cheshire regained the lead, 2-1, in the sixth, however, the Grizzlies put up four unearned runs in the bottom half to rally for a sweep of the season series.

Guilford overcame seven errors to get the victory.

For Cheshire, junior Bennett Crerar contributed an RBI single. Sophomore Dylan Scalice posted a single and a walk.

Seniors Brady Georgescu and Chris Kobylanski scored runs. Senior Max Bernstein and junior Dan Hayden also worked walks.

In five innings, sophomore pitcher Josh Bonomo gave up four hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts.

Junior Jerry Piscitelli entered in the sixth, yielding three hits and a walk. He added a strikeout.

The Rams also planned to play Daniel Hand (17-2) in Middletown, but due to rain and field conditions, the game was moved to CHS. The Tigers scored twice in the first inning, posted five runs in the second, and added a run in the third en route to getting a 8-0 victory.

Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr, Crerar, and Bernstein singled for the Rams. Senior Blake Johnson, Georgescu, junior Luke Mann, and freshman Cal Battipaglia drew walks.

In two innings, junior pitcher Alex Convertito allowed six hits and a walk to go along with recording a strikeout.

Sophomore Stephen Fitzmaurice (three hits, two strikeouts, walk) pitched four innings and Bernstein (walk, strikeout) worked the sixth.

The senior class of Cyr, co-captain Aiden Erickson, Bernstein, Georgescu, Jacob Jalowiec, Johnson, and Kobylanski will graduate from the Cheshire program.

Cheshire baseball co-captain Kyle Cyr singled in his final game on Saturday.

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