Local Roundup: Kovacs leads Waterford to 9-10 Little League softball state title
Trumbull - Anna Kovacs hit a game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning as Waterford South beat Fairfield on Monday, 2-1, to win the Little League Minors (9-10) state championship at Unity Park.
Jenna Gannon walked to lead off the Waterford South eighth and Jessica San Juan singled.
Rachel Miller walked to load the bases, and Kovacs' followed with her single.
Miller allowed three hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts for Waterford South. Gina McKittrick allowed one hit in the eighth inning and Molly Quiles doubled.
Waterford South had lost the first game of the best-of-three series on Saturday, 5-2. It tied the series with a 4-0 win Sunday.
• Alex Phillips pitched six strong innings as the Connecticut Tigers beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 2-0 in a New York-Penn League game. Phillips (2-0) allowed six hits for the victory with three strikeouts and no walks. Tanner Bailey pitched a scoreless seventh and Johnnie Kirkland allowed one hit over the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
Austin Schotts, Ben Verlander and Raphael Rhymes had two hits each and Schotts drove in a run for the Tigers (18-23).
• Nico Darras (Cal State Fullerton) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, leading the Mystic Schooners to a 9-2 win over the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Tyler Boyd (Seton Hall) homered and scored three runs, Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs and Alec Keller (Princeton) and Adam Touhey (Hartford) each had two hits and scored twice for the Schooners (21-19). Former Wheeler standout Conor Gleason (Franklin Pierce) pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.
• Zach Woods went 3-for-4, including a home run, with four RBI and two runs as the Panera Pirates beat Northeast Nine, 9-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series. David Johnson had a triple, two runs and an RBI for Panera and Adam Regnere added a double, two RBI and a run. Also, Beriah Smith had a double and two runs. Nick Carlson had two hits, including a double, with two RBI for Northeast.
SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth
• Liam Christ scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning as Tri-County I beat Waterford 2-1 to advance to Wednesday's championship round. Christ reached on a two-base error to start the inning and, two outs later, scored the winning run.
Christ also pitched the first seven innings, allowing three hits while striking out 10. He also singled, doubled and drove in a run. Justin Pandolfe pitched seven innings for Waterford, allowing three hits and striking out 10. Griffin Archambault drove in Waterford's run.
• Zack Willis had two hits, three runs and an RBI as Ledyard beat East Lyme, 10-2, to advance to the losers' bracket final. Evan August had two hits, two RBI and a run for Ledyard and Mike McDowell added two hits. Alex Vidakovic had two hits, including a double, with a run for East Lyme and Sam Michaud scored.
Senior League softball (15-16)
• Waterford suffered its first loss at the East Regionals, losing 10-7 to host Worcester, Mass. Waterford (2-1) completes pool play today with a 1 p.m. game against Massachusetts champion Peabody.
Jodi Weiss had two doubles and a single, Sarah Reimann singled, doubled and drove in a run and Marisa Boch, Megan Elphick and Shoshana Berkman had two hits each for Waterford.
Sutera Tournament (9-10)
• Ryan Bakken pitched five innings and doubled as Waterford North beat Mystic, 6-4. Trey Brennan had two hits, including a double, and Ryan Salvador had two hits for Waterford North. Alex Del Campo scored twice for Mystic.
Connecticut Open golf
• Kevin Shea from Greak Neck Country Club in Waterford is tied for eighth after the first day of the 79th Connecticut Open at Torrington Country Club, shooting a 2-under-par 70.
Other locals include James Jones of Ledyard and Archie Cart from Lake of Isles, who are both tied for 42nd with 74s, and Black Hall Club's Adam Rainaud and Phil Perry, who are tied for 76th after shooting 76s.
Stergio stars for USA
• Former Montville High School standout Lindsay Stergio scored 16 points and had seven rebounds Sunday as the United States Deaf Basketball team beat China 109-24 in a tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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