To mark Senior Day on Friday, Cheshire High School softball (15-5) celebrated a 4-3 victory over Shelton (11-6) in the regular-season finale. The Rams also secured a split of the series in the regular season.
The Gaelettes jumped ahead on a two-run single by senior Anna Leone in the first, but the Rams returned to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Jordan Chymbor and senior Catherine Palmer started the rally with consecutive singles.
The girls both scored on two-out RBI singles from senior Emily Grayson and sophomore Taylor Kozlowski.
Cheshire took the lead in the second. Senior Grace Lurz reached on a bunt single, stole second base, and scored on an RBI single by Chymbor.
The Rams put up the eventual winning run during the fourth. Chymbor drew a walk, advanced to third on a single by Palmer, and then scored on a throwing error.
CHS scored all of their runs with two outs.
For pitching, sophomore pitcher Karla Carangelo yielded just three hits, two walks, and two hit-by-pitches. She recorded a career-best eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fifth.
In the sixth, Shelton cut the deficit to 4-3 on a home run by Leone. The Gaelettes also reached on a hit by pitch and a single in the inning, but Carangelo got out of the jam with a strikeout.
In the seventh, another hit batsman allowed Shelton to threaten again. When CHS chose to intentionally walk Leone, the Gaelettes had the go-ahead run on base, but the Rams clinched the win with outfield catches by freshman Julia Miller (left) and Chymbor (center).
Carangelo and sophomore Emma Ballschmieder joined Chymbor and Palmer with two singles. Freshman Bailey Vitanza also had a single.
Prior to the game, Cheshire honored their senior class of Grayson, Lurz, Charlee Nagle, Palmer, and Grace Miramant.
For the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament, Cheshire has secured the fifth seed. For quarterfinal action on Monday, CHS travels to West Haven (fourth seed, 16-3) to compete at 7 p.m.
Boys’ Volleyball (13-6)
The Rams dropped their third straight match, falling 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-27) to Shelton (10-7). Cheshire tied the match at 1-1, but Shelton took the last two games in overtime to get the road win and draw even in the season series.
Senior tri-captain Tim Nugent tallied 33 assists and three kills. Senior Gianluca Giardina finished with 11 kills, four aces, and three digs.
Senior quad-captain Andrew Wang posted 10 kills (career high) and four digs. Sophomore Will Allen joined Wang with 10 kills
In Monday’s regular-season finale, the Rams play Pomperaug (11-8) at 6 p.m. Nugent, tri-captain Will Pawlak, Wang, Gianluca Giardina, Steven Kelly, Mason Maguder, Jake Miller, Rowan Scassellati, and Evan Simonetta will be recognized on Senior Night.
Girls’ Golf (11-4)
Cheshire lost 186-195 to host Amity (10-2) at Racebrook Country Club. Junior Sydney Hidalgo (38, medalist), senior Mackenzie Corcoran (48), and sophomore Sophia DelRosso (49) led the Rams.
Sophomore Sabrina DiRubba (60) and freshman Olivia Beach (61) rounded out the squad. Amity tied the season series at 1-1.
On May 24 at 3 p.m., Cheshire plays Canton and Newington at Southington Country Club. CHS has a 1-0 record against both teams this year.
Girls’ Tennis (8-8)
CHS finished the regular season with a 6-1 win at Jonathan Law (13-7) in Milford. At number one singles, freshman Alex Orlins earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory to complete an unbeaten regular season.
Sophomore Anja Josef (6-3, 6-0), junior Asya Tarabar (6-0, 6-0), and Eva Curran (6-0, 6-0) completed the singles sweep. In doubles, junior Lila Watkinson and sophomore Riley Baldoni won 6-4, 7-6, while junior Rachel Goldstein and sophomore Arya Desai posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
CHS has earned the sixth seed in the SCC Tournament. In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Cheshire visits North Haven (third seed, 12-5) to play at 3:45 p.m.
The Nighthawks won 5-2 on April 5, but Cheshire posted a 4-3 victory on May 9 at NH.
Remainder of Saturday’s varsity schedule:
Boys’ Tennis (sixth seed, 8-9)
As the sixth seed in the SCC Tournament, Cheshire heads to Woodbridge to face Amity (third seed, 13-4) in quarterfinal action at 10:30 a.m. The Spartans beat the Rams on April 14 (4-3) and May 9 (5-2).