ECC Softball Tournament: Taber leads Fitch into semifinals

Griswold - Caroline Taber struck out nine over five innings with one earned run and went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the top-seeded Fitch High School softball team defeated No. 8 St. Bernard 12-2 Wednesday in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Fitch will play fourth-seeded Griswold in today's semifinal round at the same site (7 p.m.). Griswold beat No. 5 Stonington 7-5.

No. 2 East Lyme will play No. 6 Norwich Free Academy in the first semifinal (4:30 p.m.). East Lyme beat No. 7 Wheeler 7-3, while NFA downed No. 3 Waterford 14-4.

Taylor Wolfgang went 3-for-4, including a triple and home run, with four RBI for Fitch (21-0) and Jo Hobert went 4-for-4 with three runs. Also, Jayden Delaporta had two hits, including a home run, with three RBI.

Ali Patterson had two hits, including a triple, and scored for St. Bernard (13-8).

In other tournament games:

• NFA scored four runs in the top of the first inning and went on to beat Waterford. Megan Weir had three hits and drove in two runs, Brittani Majcher doubled twice, Emily Arico had a double and Kaitlyn Kelly (5-4) was the winner for NFA (16-5). Elaina Sullivan had two hits, Sarah Pacheco tripled and Caroline Douton had a double for Waterford (15-6).

• East Lyme rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Wheeler. Wheeler's Sam Muller hit a three-run homer in the first inning, but East Lyme tied it with a three-run third and scored four runs in the sixth to put the game away. Erica Hill (9-2) pitched a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts for the win. Samantha Horner had an RBI single in the third and capped the sixth inning with a two-run single for East Lyme (17-4) and teammate Sarah Bond tripled in the sixth and scored on a bunt single by Shae Crosby. Katie Morgan doubled for Wheeler (14-5).

• Freshman Shay Sauvageau was 3-for-4 with four RBI, leading Griswold to a win over Stonington. Sauvageau had a triple and two doubles and teammate Kirsten Drobiak doubled and was also the winning pitcher. Brooke Arruda singled, tripled and scored twice and Theresa Kane was 3-for-4 with two RBI for Stonington (15-6).

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