Local roundup: Yuknat wins in Coast Guard debut
Kissimmee, Fla. - Freshman Sammy Yuknat pitched a four-hitter in her collegiate debut as the Coast Guard Academy softball team opened its season with a 11-0 win over Skidmore Sunday at the Rebel Games.
Yuknat, the former Old Lyme High School standout, got early support as Erin Lisko had a three-run double in the first inning. Jessie Richardson had two hits and drove in two runs for Coast Guard, which followed the win with a 13-0 loss to Washington College.
Stephanie Figgins doubled for Coast Guard in the second game.
In other games:
• Tricia Tomaselli pitched a five-hitter with three strikeouts as Mitchell College won its first game of the season, 4-3, over Norwich University at the Snowbird Tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Freshman Emily Morenzoni of Waterford had two hits, an RBI and two steals for Mitchell (1-1) and freshman Ally Blanchette of Taftville added two runs and a stolen base. Also, Ariel Hallisey had two runs and two stolen bases.
Noel Byers had two hits, including a solo home run, and scored twice for the Cadets (0-1).
• Ledyard's Ryan Foster scored five goals to help Western Connecticut State beat Castleton State 16-10. East Lyme's Kevin Seery made 12 saves for WCSU (3-1).
• Joe Rigg had a single, two RBI and scored as Rockford beat Mitchell, 6-4, at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Kaleb Rich allowed just one hit and one earned run over 6 1-3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks to earn the win for Rockford (1-0). Waterford's Gavin Lalima hit a two-run single for the Mariners (1-3) while Mystic's Drew Doyle had two hits, including an RBI single, and scored.
• Salve Regina took a 9-1 lead and held on to beat Coast Guard 14-7 at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Salve Regina scored three runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings for a 9-1 lead before scoring five in the sixth to take a 14-2 lead. Senior Nolan Gallagher was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI and Tim Betts (double, two RBI) and Eric Gerken (RBI) had two hits each for Coast Guard (2-2).
• Christian Berg of Fitch qualified first in the 100-yard backstroke in Saturday's Class M preliminary round in Branford, setting a school record in 51.89 seconds. That broke the mark of 52.12 held by Emmett Dignan, now competing at Division I Virginia Tech.
Berg also qualified first in the 200 freestyle (1:43.54). East Lyme's Adam Opsahl was the top qualifier in the 200 individual medley (1:58.67) and is the second seed in the 100 butterfly (53.71).
East Lyme is also the top seed in the 200 freestyle relay (1:30.72) and is seeded second in the 400 free relay (3:19.11).
The finals are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Wesleyan University in Middletown.
• Aidan Karam of NFA broke two school records Saturday Class LL preliminary round at Hamden, setting marks on the 50 freestyle (22.78) and 100 freestyle (50.76). He also helped the 400 freestyle relay team - along with Tyler Keith, Preston Spicer and Walker Cook - breka a schol mark at 3:34.83.
Karam qualified for the LL meet in both events and the Wildcats also qualified all three of their relay teams. The finals are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Wesleyan University in Middletown.
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