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Matos Pitches First No-Hitter, Cheshire Softball Gets Road Win At Southington

On Thursday, Cheshire softball beat Southington for the first time since 2019. Submitted photo.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Thursday, Cheshire High School softball picked up their fifth consecutive victory in a big way. CHS (9-1) won 4-1 at Southington (5-2) to secure their first rivalry win since 2019.

Sophomore Jenica Matos pitched her first no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and five walks.

CHS jumped ahead on an RBI double by sophomore Molly Fleming in the fourth. Southington used three walks and an RBI ground out by sophomore Alexa Poutouves to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning, but Cheshire retook the lead during the fifth.

With two outs and the bases loaded, senior Karla Carangelo smacked a three-run double to put Cheshire ahead to stay.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Matos clinched the victory with a strikeout and the Rams stormed the field to celebrate the road victory.

Carangelo and sophomore Jordan McCue both had two hits for CHS. Senior Emma Ballschmieder and sophomore Ava Pearson joined Fleming with hits.

On Friday, the Rams visit New Haven’s East Shore Athletic Complex to face host Career Magnet (2-4) at 3:45 p.m. On April 8, Cheshire posted a 14-0 shutout in the first meeting.

With a record of 199-37, Head Coach Kristine Drust will be going for her 200th victory on Friday.

Pitcher Jenica Matos and Cheshire softball celebrate after winning 4-1 at Southington.

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