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Rams Boys' Tennis Beats Rival On Tuesday, Cheshire Baseball Falls On The Road

CHS tennis player Brayden Stratton prepares to serve the tennis ball. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ tennis (5-1) pulled out a 4-3 victory over Xavier (3-2) at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-4, 6-2), freshman Mark Laskin (6-2, 6-4), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-4, 6-3) were victorious in singles.

At number one doubles, junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays won 6-3, 6-1.

On Wednesday, the Rams travel to the University of New Haven to face host Notre Dame-West Haven (0-3) at 3:45 p.m.

Baseball (2-4)

Cheshire came up short 12-2 at Sheehan (4-3) in Wallingford.

CHS jumped ahead in the top of the first inning. With one out, junior Luke Mann (walk) and senior co-captain Kyle Cyr (hit by pitch) both reached in front of junior Bennett Crerar, who hit an RBI single in the infield.

After a single by senior Max Bernstein, Crerar scored on an RBI double by junior Drew Sargolini.

“That was a good start. I thought that we were ready to play today,” reflected Head Coach Alex LeFevre.

While the Rams had struck first for a 2-0 lead, the Titans responded by scoring four runs in the first and second innings to take the lead for good. In the first, senior Paul Garry unloaded the bases with a three-run double.

Junior Michael Ludovico added an RBI single.

Garry returned to hit a two-run single in the second, as Sheehan built an 8-2 lead.

“This year, we haven’t lost baseball games because teams beat us. We talk about limiting our Free-90s (mistakes), but walks and errors hurt us again today,” stated LeFevre. “You tip your cap to them (Sheehan) because they got hits after we put them on base.”

The Titans put up another run in the fifth and added three more in the next inning. Due to the mercy rule, the game was called in the sixth.

Garry was the winning pitcher.

Sophomores Dylan Scalice (six hits, three walks, strikeout) and Josh Bonomo (two hits, three walks, two walks), junior Jerry Piscitelli (hit, walk), and senior Jacob Jalowiec (hit, three walks) pitched for Cheshire. Bonomo provided three scoreless innings of relief.

“That was a bright spot. He did a nice job out there,” said LeFevre.

At the plate for the Rams, Cyr and junior Jackson Enders joined Crerar and Bernstein with singles. Mann drew two walks and Bernstein worked a walk.

Cheshire turned three double plays. In the second, junior second baseman Nick Giampietro started the first one and then he caught a line drive for the third out.

On Wednesday, CHS comes home to play East Haven (5-1) at 4 p.m.

For Cheshire baseball, Bennett Crerar contributed an RBI single in the first inning at Sheehan.

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