On Wednesday, Cheshire High School softball faced their first deficit of the season at Daniel Hand, but in an explosive response, the Rams came back to win 16-1 in five innings.
In the first inning, Hand jumped ahead when junior Megan Hart hit an RBI double to score senior Grace Hartmann (reached on an error). Cheshire stranded three base runners in the first two innings, however the team broke through to put up five runs in the third to take the lead for good.
In leading off the third, junior Grace Lurz ignited the Rams with her first home run. Hitting the ball just inside the left field line, she sprinted around the bases to score inside the park and tie the game at 1-1.
Cheshire put up four runs in the fifth, extending their lead to 9-1. This time, Lurz led off with a walk, stole second base, and scored on a throwing error.
CHS broke open the game with seven runs in the fifth. At the end of the inning, the game was called due to the mercy rule.
After giving up two doubles in the first two innings, senior co-captain/pitcher Bri Pearson (3-0) retired the final 10 batters she faced and finished with six strikeouts. At the plate, Pearson singled twice and earned an RBI.
In compiling a career-high three RBIs, senior Kailey Sweigard recorded a double, a single, and a walk. Senior co-captain Trinadey Santiago reached on an RBI double, a single, a walk, and a hit by pitch.
Senior co-captain Gracie Hemstock was hit by two pitches and supplied RBI double. She joined sophomore courtesy runners Jordan Chymbor and Kyla Kampf in scoring three runs in the victory.
Freshman Karla Carangelo and sophomore Karissa Spring both had an RBI triple and scored a run. Carangelo also had an RBI sacrifice fly, while Spring reached on a walk and a hit by pitch.
Senior co-captain Dee Floyd walked three times and scored twice. Fellow senior co-captain Ella Watson added RBIs on a single and a fielder's choice.
Coming off the bench in the fifth, junior Catherine Palmer was hit by a pitch and came around to score the final run.
For the home opener on Friday, the Rams face Amity (3-0) at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis (3-0)
Cheshire picked up their third straight 6-1 victory at Shelton (0-3). Junior Utsav Subramani, senior captain Yasha Laskin, sophomore Andrew Gershfeld, and senior Josh Goldstein all swept their 12 games in singles. Overall, they have won 138 of 144 games this year.
In doubles at Shelton, seniors Nate Houle and Jacob Niebling rallied to win 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 to stay unbeaten, as well. At the third spot, freshman Mike Anastasio and sophomore Jonathan Chen earned their first win (7-6, 6-2).
On Friday, the Rams visit North Haven to play at 3:45 p.m.
Girls’ Tennis (1-2)
CHS recorded their first win, 6-1, over host Mercy at Wesleyan University. Senior tri-captains Ellie Rockoff and Alyssa Behuniak (6-2, 4-6, 6-1), freshmen Arya Desai and Anja Josef (6-1, 6-1), and senior Hannah Brennan and sophomore Julia Hummel (6-0, 6-0) combined in a doubles sweep. Desai and Josef collected their first victories.
In singles, freshman Riley Baldoni (6-1, 7-5) and sophomores Rachel Goldstein (6-1, 6-1) and Lila Watkinson (6-3, 6-4) also won their first matches.
On Friday, the Rams host Foran (0-3) at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Golf (1-0)
At Laurel View Country Club, Cheshire won the opener, 168-192, over host Hamden (0-2). In his debut, sophomore AJ DePaolo shot a 37 to earn medalist.
Senior Chris Scoffone (42), junior Nick Fortunato (43), freshman Jack Brewster (46), and junior Riley Brabant (48) also broke 50. Like DePaolo, Brewster and Brabant also played in their first match.
On Thursday, Cheshire travels to Racebrook Country Club to face host Notre Dame-West Haven (1-0) at 2:45 p.m.
Cheshire fell 4-0 at unbeaten Hamden (3-0). The Green Dragons went up 1-0 in the first inning and extended the lead to 3-0 in the second. Hamden added their final run in the fifth.
Hamden senior pitcher Maxwell Gross (seven strikeouts) limited the Rams to four hits and two walks in a complete game.
For CHS, senior Chris Leddy supplied a double for his first hit. Senior captain Ryan Scialabba and sophomore Brian Hersh both had a single and a walk. Junior EJ Quint added a single.
In his varsity pitching debut for Cheshire, junior Luca Raccio gave up five hits in 1.1 innings. Junior Ryan Camp worked 3.1 innings, earning a career-high four strikeouts and yielding just two hits. Senior Michael Bankowski earned a strikeout and gave up a walk in the final 1.1 innings.
Due to two Cheshire errors, only two of the four runs were earned.
Senior Jake Pisano led the Green Dragons offense with a double and two runs scored.
On Friday, Cheshire will face Amity (3-0) in the home opener at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Volleyball (1-1)
CHS dropped their first match, 3-0 (12-25, 12-25, 11-25), at Joel Barlow (2-0). Senior co-captains Jeremy Alliger (seven kills, block) and Ronik Patel (career-high eight digs) and senior Shea Cronin (personal-best five digs, kill, block) were stat leaders for the Rams.
On Friday, Cheshire comes home to play Xavier (0-2) at 6 p.m.
Outdoor Track and Field
Wednesday’s opener against Amity was postponed. No make-up has been set yet.
Right now, the Rams will compete next against Guilford on April 21 at 3:45 p.m.