Local roundup: Avery Point stays unbeaten in NJCAA baseball regional
Saugerties, N.Y. — The UConn Avery Point baseball team is one win away from the NJCAA Division II World Series.
The Pointers (24-11-1) beat Mercer Community College 13-3 in seven innings to advance to Sunday's championship round. Mercer beat SUNY Sullivan 19-3 to advance to the championship round and must beat the Pointers twice to advance. The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Javon Hernandez was 4-for-4 with three RBI, a double, a triple and scored three times. Former NFA player Dominic Morabito had two hits and scored four runs, Zach Mascaro and Tyler Rice each had two hits and three RBI, Vance Ward had two hits and scored three times and Jaden Echevarria had two hits.
Keegan Daigle (7-2) pitched a six-hitter with four strikeouts and one walk for the win.
In other games:
• Matt Donlan homered and drove in four runs as UConn beat Xavier 11-3 in a Big East Conference game. David Smith was 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI, Bryan Padilla homered and Erik Stock and Korey Morton had two hits each for the Huskies (41-10, 15-2).
• Wheeler rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat St. Bernard 9-7 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV game. The Lions (8-4, 6-1) scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning with pull within a run and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth while keeping St. Bernard (12-5, 7-1) off the board the rest of the way.
Addie Hauptmann was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI, winning pitcher Reese Maine was 3-for-4 with three RBI, Marissa Perkins and Emma Cottingham each had two hits and scored twice and Keelan Groves drove in two runs for Wheeler. Aubree Mygaard and Olivia Kane had two hits each and Maddie Scribner drove in two runs for St. Bernard.
• Maddie Burrows drove in four runs and Emma Marelli homered and drove in two as Waterford beat Windsor 16-5 in six innings. Paige Jessuck doubled and scored four runs, Lexi Collins drove in three runs, Grace Muti and Brielle Kenney each doubled and drove in a run, Lily Marelli scored twice and winning pitcher Anna Dziecinny had two hits for the Lancers (14-3).
• East Lyme hit four home runs and Abby Robinson pitched a six-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 21-1 win over Montville. Sophia Gannoe singled, tripled, homered and drove in three runs and Grace DuBrava, Arleen McKiernan and Julia Smith also homered for East Lyme (9-7). Taryn Feragne doubled for Montville (5-9).
• Killingly beat Griswold 11-6 in an ECC Division II game. Makayla Neilson was 3-for-4 and scored twice for Griswold (2-14, 1-7).
H.S. boys' tennis
• Ledyard didn't drop a set in a 7-0 win over Killingly. Julian Mileski, Matt Bourguignon, Damion DePaul and Sebastian Fieldsend won their matches for the Colonels (9-4) along with the doubles teams of Ronan Allison-Benjamin Fieldsend, Reese Yaras-Malloch Allison and Noah Freeman-Dominic Thomas.
• Guilford swept doubles play for a 4-3 win over Stonington in a nonleague match. Tucker Callahan, Jackson Conlon and Chase Donnarummo had straight-set singles wins for Stonington (8-4).
H.S. girls' tennis
• Old Lyme remained unbeaten with a 5-2 win over Waterford in a nonleague match. Old Lyme swept doubles play behind the teams of Livie Bass-Alexis Fenton, Aggie Hunt-Beatrice Hunt and Fiona Hufford-Izzy Reynolds. Sam Tan and Elaina Morosky won singles matches for Old Lyme (16-0) and Sarah Hage annd Michelle Liu won for Waterford (8-5).
H.S. girls' crew
• East Lyme finished third in six-team race on Lake Waramaug in New Preston. The Vikings' first boat was coxed by Mikayla Stahl, with stroke Simone Cappon, Jennie Sherwood, Fiona Samuelson, Sandra Kirvelevicius, Erin Prouty, Kristia King, Gabby Gottschall and bow Ava Mauri. East Lyme's second boat finished second, the third boat was second and novice 8 boat won its race.
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