Local roundup: Tigers sweep Crosscutters

Williamsport, Pa. — Danry Vasquez went 4-for-5 with two RBI as the Connecticut Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Williamsport Crosscutters Monday, winning 7-1 in a New York-Penn League game played before 1,469 at Bowman Field.

Tyler Hanover had two hits and two runs for the Tigers (22-26) and Luis Cortez had a two-run double and scored.

Josh Turley pitched 2 2/3 innings of no-hit relief to earn the win.

Roman Quinn had three hits, including a double and triple, and an RBI for the Crosscutters (15-34).

Junior League softball

• The Mystic lost to host West Haven, 8-1, on the fourth day of pool play at the Junior League (13-14) Eastern Regional tournament. Mystic plays Westerly in the final round of pool play today at 12:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the elimination round on Wednesday as New England's third seed against No. 2 Biddeford (Maine) at 8:30 a.m.

Local golf

• Westerly's John Elliott, a Norwich Free Academy graduate, won the annual Manchester Open at Manchester Country Club and the $4,000 to top prize. Elliott fired a 6-under-par 66 that included birdies on the first five holes.

Local triathlon

• Old Lyme's William Lunn captured the Niantic Bay Triathlon on Sunday, completing the half-mile swim, 12-mile bike race and 3.5-mile run in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 50 seconds. The triathlon started and finished at McCook Beach Park.

Westerly's Elise Vonhousen was the top female finisher, placing 15th overall in 1:07.16. Other local athletes placing in the top 25 were Mystic's Jeff Kotecki (5th, 1:03.30), Groton's Vincent Antonelli (7th, 1:04.39); New London's Casey Neistat (10th, 1:04.47), North Stonington's Michael Podzaline (17th, 1:08.22) and Mystic's Peter Zelken (21st, 1:08.39). There were 470 finishers.

Among the local age group winners were Neistat (ages 30-34 male), Antonelli (45-49 male), Niantic's Patrick Smith (16-19 male, 1:11.33), Waterford's Sean Maginess (clydesdale male, 1:17.05), East Lyme's Noelene Power (16-19 female, 1:13.55) and Mystic's Katie Roden (30-34 female, 1:13.56).

Men's soccer

• UConn is the preseason favorite to win the Big East Blue Division. The Huskies, who finished 19-3-3 a year ago and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, received 13 of the 15 first-place votes for 91 points.

In addition, junior Mamadou Doudou Diouf was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while sophomore Andre Blake was the unanimous Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Diouf, Blake and Diouf and senior Carlos Alvarez were all preseason All-Big East picks, too.

UConn opens its regular season at home against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.

UConn football

• UConn will hold the first of three open practices to the public today from 3-5:30 p.m. on the practice fields behind the old Memorial Stadium site off of Alumni Drive. Parking is free and available in the "D" lot. The other dates are Tuesday, Aug. 14 (3-5:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 18 (8:45-11:15 a.m.). The Huskies open their season on Thursday, Aug. 30, against UMass at Rentschler Field (7:30 p.m.).


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