H.S. softball: Schrader's record day lifts No. 5 NFA past Waterford
Waterford — Hailee Schrader broke Norwich Free Academy's career hits record during the Wildcats' 8-6 softball victory over Waterford on Wednesday.
Schrader's 139th career hit, an RBI single in the third inning, broke the record of 138 set a year ago by former teammate Shea Gendron. Schrader finished with four hits, including a double, for unbeaten NFA (7-0), ranked fifth in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 state poll.
The Wildcats, who trailed 2-0 and 4-3 early before scoring two runs in the third and three in the fourth to take charge, also had home runs from Sara Cote (two-run shot) and Brooke Gottshall (solo), while Hannah Daniewicz had a double, RBI and scored two runs.
Ciana Chiappone and Rachel Miller had big offensive days for the Lancers (4-3). Chiappone had three hits, including a triple and home run, while driving in two runs and scoring three while Miller also had three hits, including a double, a two-run home run, two runs and three RBI.
Maddie Burrows pitched 3.2 shutout innings in relief for Waterford.
In other games:
• Kali Jackson hit four home runs with seven RBI as Ellis Tech beat Grasso Tech 30-26 in a Connecticut Technical Conference game. Keylin Robles had two hits for Grasso (0-5) and Erin Blake and Noelani Jackson both singled.
• Hannah Smith pitched a one-hitter as Norwich Tech rolled to a 17-0, five-inning victory over Windham Tech in the CTC. Smith did not walk a batter and struck out 15 for the Warriors (3-3, 3-0). Smith also went 3-for-4 with a double and six RBI.
• Addy Bullis went 3-for-4 with five RBI as unbeaten Valley Regional (8-0) downed Old Lyme 10-3 in the Shoreline Conference. Victoria Gage and Paige Kolesnik each went 2-for-3 and scored for the Wildcats (4-2).
• Fryeburg (Me.) beat Stonington 14-6. Miranda Arruda hit a solo home run for the Bears (3-3) and Tori LoPresto tripled and scored.
• Wheeler swept a doubleheader from Putnam in ECC Division IV play on Tuesday, winning the opener 2-1 and the second game 11-8. Addie Hauptmann was the winning pitcher in the opener, striking out 13. Maddie Perkins had three hits and four RBI and Marissa Bergel had two hits and scored twice in Game 2 for Wheeler (3-4, 3-2), which trailed 8-1 after four innings.
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