On Friday, Cheshire High School softball improved to 12-0 with a doubleheader sweep of North Haven (4-4). CHS earned a 12-0 shutout in game one and then rallied to win 8-4 in the nightcap.
The Rams led 13-4 in game two, but since the contest was called for darkness during the seventh inning, the game reverted back to the score at the start of the inning.
To start the day, the Rams put up four runs in the first inning and tallied three more in the second. In hitting a home run, senior co-captain Bri Pearson finished with four RBIs.
In the circle, Pearson (11-0) pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts.
Senior co-captain Trinadey Santiago posted a home run, a single, and an RBI. Freshman Karla Carangelo earned her first home run and ended with two RBIs.
Junior Grace Lurz went three-for-four with three singles and two runs scored. In both games, senior co-captain Dee Floyd supplied a double, a single, and three RBIs.
Senior co-captain Gracie Hemstock singled twice, picking up an RBI. Senior co-captain Ella Watson chipped in a single.
In game two, the Rams went up 1-0 in the first inning, but the Indians tied the game in the bottom half and scored twice in the second. Momentum shifted in the fourth, as Cheshire exploded for six runs to take the lead for good.
Pearson just missed hitting for the cycle, contributing a home run, a triple, a double, and four RBIs. Lurz went five for five with five singles, four runs scored, and two RBIs. She went eight-for-nine combined on the day.
In game two, Santiago had three singles and two RBIs. Watson posted two singles and an RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Karissa Spring (1-0) shined in her first start, tallying a personal-best 11 strikeouts. She worked around six hits to pick up her first win.
At the plate, Spring contributed a double.
On Monday, the Rams travel to play West Haven (5-5) at 7 p.m. On April 26, Cheshire earned a 7-4 victory in the first meeting.
Entering the rematch, Head Coach Kristine Drust and Assistant Jaymie Somers are just one victory shy of 150 at CHS.
Boys’ Tennis (10-1)
Cheshire collected their fourth straight win, 6-1, over North Haven (0-12). Junior Utsav Subramani, senior captain Yasha Laskin, and senior Josh Goldstein all swept all 12 games in singles. Freshman Shawn Lawless won his first match (6-2, 6-1) in the number four position.
In doubles, seniors Nate Houle and Jacob Niebling (6-1, 6-3) and seniors Ryan Shan and Shrey Sheth (6-1, 6-1) earned victories to help the Rams sweep the season series with NH.
For the Inaugural Theresa’s Battleship Foundation Play in Purple Match, the Rams wore purple to spread cancer awareness and raise money for research at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
On Saturday, Cheshire hosts Southington (8-1) at 2 p.m.
Boys’ Volleyball (9-2)
The Rams extended their win streak to eight matches, winning 3-1 (25-13, 25-23, 25-27, 25-19) at Xavier (3-5). Senior co-captain Jeremy Alliger posted 12 kills and an ace, while junior Tim Nugent compiled 26 assists, two aces, and two digs.
Senior Samson Portal tallied a career-high nine kills and six digs. Senior Shea Cronin picked up 11 digs and three aces.
Senior Thor Novicelli secured seven kills and a dig.
To finish a six-match road trip on Monday, the Rams head to Woodbridge to compete against Amity (7-6) at 5:30 p.m. In the April 12 opener, CHS outlasted the Spartans in a 3-2 victory.
Boys’ Lacrosse (7-2)
Cheshire pulled out an 11-8 victory at Glastonbury (5-4). The teams were tied 2-2 in the first quarter, but the Rams outscored the Guardians, 4-2, in the second and proceeded to get the win.
Senior co-captain Brian Bouwman tallied a career-high five goals and senior PJ Cass distributed a personal-best four assists.
Senior Aidan Gaudet won 21 of 23 face-offs and added an assist. Junior Jason Raba and sophomore Charles Kurtz both supplied two goals and an assist. Senior Jack Lovelace put in two goals and classmate Ryan Mancl earned his first assist.
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Vernon finished with 12 saves.
On Saturday, the Rams host Xavier (6-4) at 4 p.m. Before the game, Bouwman, co-captain Nick DiDomizio, Dan Bourdeau, John Casner, Cass, Andrew Daigle, Jack Davis, Gaudet, Brad Krutz, Lovelace, Mancl, Evan Stern, Vernon, and Ty White will be honored on Senior Night.
Outdoor Track and Field
In competing for the first time since April 22, CHS teams took on rival Amity. Cheshire girls (1-1) picked up their first win (86-63), while the boys’ team (1-1) came up just two points short (76-74) in their meet.
For CHS girls, junior Kira Zawalich, senior tri-captain Kristen Daddi, and sophomore Cate Palma all won three races. As an individual, Zawalich captured the 100- (17.3) and 300-meter (49.9) hurdles. She also joined with junior Riley Hanover, Palma, and Daddi to win the 4x400-meter relay (4:20).
Daddi claimed the 800-meters (2:34.3) and teamed with freshmen Alex Ciccone and Mia Vientos and junior Meghan Georgescu on the winning 4x800-meter relay team (10:30). Palma was victorious in the 400-meters (63.2) and combined with freshman Molly Lanz, sophomore Claudia Chong, and Hanover to come away victorious in the 4x100-meter relay (52.2).
Sophomore Katie Cannon was a double-winner in the shot put (27 feet, two inches) and discus (68’3”). Junior Arjanne Josef (pole vault, 6'6") and Georgescu (3,200-meters, 12:20.1) also captured events.
On the boys’ side, senior tri-captain Ryan Farrell and sophomore Colin Brown were both triple-winners. Farrell won the 800- (2:09) and 1,600-meters (4:31), along with joining with junior Robert DiNatale and freshmen Tyler Caron and Daniel D'Souza to take the 4x800-meter relay (9:10.8). Brown led the way in the 100- (11.2) and 200-meters (23.3), as well as long jump (17 feet, four inches).
Senior tri-captain Chisom Okoro was victorious in discus (110'1") and shot put (40'3"). Senior tri-captain Jotham Casey (javelin, 142'3") and senior EJ Gonzalez (triple jump, 37'8") also secured first-place finishes.
On Monday, the Rams visit Wallingford to face Sheehan at 3:45 p.m.
On Monday, Cheshire squads visit Wallingford to face Sheehan at 3:45 p.m.
Cheshire dropped their fifth straight game, falling 6-1 at Guilford (2-11). The Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. CHS tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth, but Guilford scored five times in the sixth to earn a split of the season series.
On the mound for CHS, junior Luca Raccio gave up eight hits and walks, recording a personal-best nine strikeouts. In relief, senior Mike Mercaldi allowed two hits.
Offensively, Raccio hit a triple, while classmate EJ Quint contributed two singles and an RBI. Sophomore Mike Simeone (run scored), senior Chris Leddy, Mercaldi, and junior Danny Zawalich (walk) added singles. Senior captain Ryan Scialabba and sophomore Anthony Tirado also worked walks.
On Monday, the Rams visit Old Tavern Road Athletic Complex to face host Amity (10-2) at 7 p.m. On April 17, the Spartans picked up a 9-0 victory at CHS.
Girls’ Tennis (4-7)
CHS lost 5-2 to host Lauralton Hall at Eisenhower Park. In doubles, senior tri-captains Ellie Rockoff and Alyssa Behuniak won 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 and senior Hannah Brennan and sophomore Julia Hummel supplied a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
In a tight match, sophomore Lila Watkinson came up short 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 9-11 at number four singles.
On Saturday, the Rams return to play Mercy at 5 p.m. On April 14, CHS defeated the Tigers, 6-1, at Wesleyan University.
Remainder of Saturday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Lacrosse (9-2)
Cheshire travels to play Wilton (5-2) at 4 p.m. With a victory, Cheshire Head Coach Dan Warburton would earn his 275th victory.