H.S. softball: Muller helps rally Wheeler into Class S quarters

North Stonington —Sam Muller's bases-loaded single with one out in the eighth inning lifted sixth-seeded Wheeler High School to a dramatic 2-1 victory over No. 11 Kolbe Cathedral in the second round of the CIAC Class S softball tournament on Tuesday.

The Lions (16-5) trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but tied the game and to force extra innings, where Muller's hit one inning later scored Jess Morgan and sent Wheeler into Thursday's quarterfinals at No. 3 Coventry at 4 p.m. Coventry ousted No. 14 Ellis Tech 15-0.

Jenn Paride pitched a one-hitter and Raven Houck added a double for the Lions.

In other tournament games:

• Caroline Taber pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10, lifting top-seeded Fitch to an 8-0 win over No. 17 Watertown in the Class L second round. The Falcons (22-1) took control by scoring four times in the first inning and will play host to No. 8 Maloney, a 3-1 winner over No. 9 East Lyme, in Thursday's quarterfinals at Washington Park at 4 p.m. Taber had a single, triple and three RBI while Jackie Lewis and Olivia Knotts each had two hits and Taylor Wolfgang added two hits and an RBI.

• No. 13 St. Bernard scored three runs in the sixth inning to defeat No. 4 Morgan 7-6 in the Class S second round. Gretchen Greene had two hits and two RBI to power a 15-hit attack while Margaret Reagan and Shoshana Berkman each added two hits and an RBI. Ali Patterson, winning pitcher Amy Bouchard and Sophie Nelson had two hits apiece for St. Bernard (15-8), which visits No. 12 Coginchaug, a 4-2 winner over No. 5 East Granby, in Thursday's quarterfinals at 4 p.m.

• No. 12 Waterford finished with 18 hits in an 18-0 rout of No. 5 Platt Tech in a Class M second-round game that lasted just five innings due to the mercy rule. Claire Hurley went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI while Jodi Weiss had three hits and three RBI and Elaina Sullivan added a single, home run and four RBI for the defending champion Lancers (17-6), who visit No. 4 Rocky Hill on Thursday at 4 p.m. Rocky Hill outlasted No. 13 Stonington 13-4. Kazi Walker and Tori VanCleave combined to pitch a one-hitter for Waterford.

• No. 8 Maloney took an advantage of an error to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and rally past No. 9 East Lyme, 3-1, in the Class L second round. Each team had five hits. Megan Lanier had two hits and scored the only run for the Vikings, who finished 18-6.

• No. 7 Amity rode the two-hit pitching of Katie Koshes to a 4-0 win over No. 10 Norwich Free Academy in the Class LL second round. The Wildcats, who won last week's Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament championship, were no-hit until Brianne Brennan singled in the sixth. Brittani Majcher added a single in the seventh for NFA, which finished 19-6.


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