Local roundup: Saints name Clarke new girls' soccer coach

Montville - Shane Clarke, an assistant girls' soccer coach at St. Bernard School for the past eight years, was elevated to head coach on Tuesday, athletic director Brendan Case announced.

Clarke replaced Chris Ghiglia, who left to become the girls' soccer coach at Waterford.

"Shane brings a wealth of soccer experience, both as a coach and a player," Case said. "He will be able to provide a smooth transition for the student-athletes as they continue to grow and carry on the great tradition that has been established here.

"Shane understands the important role that academics play here at St. Bernard, but also knows how to get the best out of the players on the field."

New York-Penn League

• Ben Verlander had a huge offensive day as the Connecticut Tigers routed the Tri-City ValleyCats 17-4 in the New York-Penn League. Verlander went 4-for-6 and drove in seven runs.

He also hit a pair of home runs for the Tigers (12-13), including a grand slam in the sixth inning that put Connecticut ahead 13-3. Ross Kivett added three hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Tigers while Jacob Kapstein was 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

Zone VI Legion

• Beckett Scannelli had two hits, two RBI and scored a run as New London defeated Norwich 6-2 in a Zone VI American Legion game at Sal Amanta Field. Cooper Robinson had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for New London while Gabriel Diaz doubled twice and Justin Marceau had a pair of singles. Logan Gordon and Joe Dipietro had doubles for Norwich.

• Niantic beat Ledyard-Pawcatuck, 8-1, to maintain its lead atop Zone VI. Austin Tobak had three singles and Owen Tretter added a single and double while Will Butler pitched six innings, allowing six hits while striking out nine to earn the win for Niantic (19-3). Mike Dellaporta and Jordan Kowalski each doubled for Ledyard.

• Niantic swept a doubleheader from Norwich on Monday night at Dodd Stadium. Niantic won the opener 7-2. Bill Buscetto went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Matt Przybysz went 3-for-4 with three runs and Ryan Nickerson also had three hits. Niantic won the second game 12-2 as Buscetto, Przybysz, Ryan Nickerson and Toback all had two hits apiece and Casey Rivera was the winning pitcher.

District 6 Babe Ruth (15)

• Waterford advanced to the championship round with a 14-2 win over New London in a game stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule. Alex Petchark was the winning pitcher, striking out seven in five innings, while Chase Speller had three hits (two doubles), Justin Keating had three hits and scored three runs, Dan Castelpoggi had a double, triple and two runs and Jake Gannon had two doubles. Chris Contres and Xavier Benson scored runs for New London.

• Peter Tauro pitched a six-inning complete game, allowing just three hits, as East Lyme topped Montville 11-1. Matt Parent added three RBI and Jack Mountain and Tauro had two RBI each in the losers' bracket game. Hayden Swanson was 2-for-4 and Jon Keens 2-for-3 in the victory.

District 10 baseball (11-12)

• Mystic defeated New London 5-3 in the semifinals and will play East Lyme in the best-of-three championship series starting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Patterson Field in Waterford. Pacey Steele allowed only one hit with six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings for Mystic and also had three hits and three RBI. Giovanni Valentine added two hits and two runs for Mystic while New London's Robert Otanez had nine strikeouts in a losing effort and also had a single.

• East Lyme advanced to the final with a 7-4 victory over Waterford behind winning pitcher Sophie Dubreuil, who had 10 strikeouts over five innings. Joe Grubb led the offense with three hits and three RBI while Sonny Pezzello had two hits, including a home run, for Waterford.

District 10 softball (9-10)

• Ledyard forced a deciding game for the District 10 title with an 8-2 win over Waterford in Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series at Veteran's Field in East Lyme. Samantha Money pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts for Ledyard and also went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

Sara Rivers walked four times and scored three times for Ledyard while Bella Williams had an RBI triple scoring Mia Chiappone, who had doubled, for Waterford.

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