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Stonington High School is the top seed for the 2013 Eastern Connecticut Conference softball tournament, which begins Thursday at multiple sites.
The Medium Division champion Bears will face No. 8 Plainfield, co-champion of the Small Division, at Griswold High School at 4 p.m.
In other quarterfinal games (also starting at 4), No. 3 Griswold plays host to No. 6 Norwich Free Academy, No. 5 Fitch visits No. 4 Waterford and No. 7 St. Bernard is at No. 2 East Lyme. East Lyme and Waterford shared the Large Division title and St. Bernard shared the Small title with Plainfield.
The semifinals will also be played on Thursday (both at 7:30) with the Stonington-Plainfield winner facing the Waterford-Fitch winner at Griswold and the East Lyme-St. Bernard winning playing the NFA-Griswold winner at Veterans Field in Niantic.
The championship game is Friday at Griswold, starting at 7 p.m.
In Tuesday action:
• Megan Spellman and Tori VanCleave combined on a two-hitter and Waterford ended its regular season with a 16-1 win over Valley Regional. Jaime Dahl, Katelyn Haff and Julia Zawacki had two hits apiece for the Lancers (15-5). Zawacki hit a three-run homer in the third inning and finished with four RBI. Claire Hurley drove in three runs while Talia Rickerson and Jodi Weiss each had two RBI.
• Senior Samantha DeVito struck out two and was the winning pitcher on Senior Day as Norwich Free Academy defeated Glastonbury, 6-3. Emily DeVito homered for the Wildcats (10-9) and Shaina Beatrice went 2-for-2.
• Kaylie Crosby and Hannah Burke had three hits apiece and East Lyme defeated New London, 15-2. Erica Hill and Mikaela LoPriore combined to pitch a two-hitter for East Lyme (18-2).
• Alana Luzzio and Caroline Taber combined to allow just two hits while striking out 10 as Fitch ended its regular season with an 8-1 win over Chariho (R.I.). Taber also went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs for the Falcons (14-6) while Luzzio was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored and Jackie Lewis was 3-for-4 and scored three times.
• Kristen Charest had four hits, including three doubles, as Cheney Tech of Manchester beat Grasso Tech, 21-10, in the Constitution State Conference. Cheney is 10-10. Mary Murphy tripled for the Eagles (7-12).
• Wheeler's nonconference game at Putnam was suspended in the second inning due to rain (the Lions are leading 3-1) and will be completed today starting at 2 p.m. On Monday, Summer Cipriani pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts as Wheeler beat Westbrook, 6-1, to qualify for the Class S tournament. Kayla Collins went 3-for-3, including a home run, with three runs and two RBI for the Lions (8-9) and Jess Morgan added three hits.