H.S. softball: Stonington earns No. 1 seed for ECC tourney

Stonington High School is the top seed for the 2013 Eastern Connecticut Conference softball tournament, which begins Thursday at multiple sites.

The Medium Division champion Bears will face No. 8 Plainfield, co-champion of the Small Division, at Griswold High School at 4 p.m.

In other quarterfinal games (also starting at 4), No. 3 Griswold plays host to No. 6 Norwich Free Academy, No. 5 Fitch visits No. 4 Waterford and No. 7 St. Bernard is at No. 2 East Lyme. East Lyme and Waterford shared the Large Division title and St. Bernard shared the Small title with Plainfield.

The semifinals will also be played on Thursday (both at 7:30) with the Stonington-Plainfield winner facing the Waterford-Fitch winner at Griswold and the East Lyme-St. Bernard winning playing the NFA-Griswold winner at Veterans Field in Niantic.

The championship game is Friday at Griswold, starting at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday action:

• Megan Spellman and Tori VanCleave combined on a two-hitter and Waterford ended its regular season with a 16-1 win over Valley Regional. Jaime Dahl, Katelyn Haff and Julia Zawacki had two hits apiece for the Lancers (15-5). Zawacki hit a three-run homer in the third inning and finished with four RBI. Claire Hurley drove in three runs while Talia Rickerson and Jodi Weiss each had two RBI.

• Senior Samantha DeVito struck out two and was the winning pitcher on Senior Day as Norwich Free Academy defeated Glastonbury, 6-3. Emily DeVito homered for the Wildcats (10-9) and Shaina Beatrice went 2-for-2.

• Kaylie Crosby and Hannah Burke had three hits apiece and East Lyme defeated New London, 15-2. Erica Hill and Mikaela LoPriore combined to pitch a two-hitter for East Lyme (18-2).

• Alana Luzzio and Caroline Taber combined to allow just two hits while striking out 10 as Fitch ended its regular season with an 8-1 win over Chariho (R.I.). Taber also went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs for the Falcons (14-6) while Luzzio was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored and Jackie Lewis was 3-for-4 and scored three times.

• Kristen Charest had four hits, including three doubles, as Cheney Tech of Manchester beat Grasso Tech, 21-10, in the Constitution State Conference. Cheney is 10-10. Mary Murphy tripled for the Eagles (7-12).

• Wheeler's nonconference game at Putnam was suspended in the second inning due to rain (the Lions are leading 3-1) and will be completed today starting at 2 p.m. On Monday, Summer Cipriani pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts as Wheeler beat Westbrook, 6-1, to qualify for the Class S tournament. Kayla Collins went 3-for-3, including a home run, with three runs and two RBI for the Lions (8-9) and Jess Morgan added three hits.


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