Local roundup: Stonington boys win ECC Division II tennis crown
Woodstock — Stonington rallied for a pair of three-set wins to defeat Woodstock Academy 5-2 on Saturday morning and win the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys' tennis championship.
Jake Stiger, the Bears' No. 1 singles player, defeated Woodstock's David Fleck 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1, whle the No. 2 doubles team of Quinn Hamilton-Filip Aubrecht came back to defeat Jai Abrams-Connor Quinn 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
William Michelson and Sean Bessette added singles wins for Stonington (15-1, 5-0), as did the No. 1 doubles team of Graham Johnstone-Kyle Remmert.
• East Lyme rode straight-set singles victories by Mary Kathryn Taylor, Becca Paggioli and Yurina Shirai to a 5-2 win over New London. The Vikings (7-6) added doubles wins by Emily Zhu-Liz Beaulieu and Ella Arustei-Alissi Li. The Whalers (10-9) picked up wins from Luisanny Castillo in singles and Mary Lembree-Emily Fielding in doubles.
• Waterford rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat North Kingstown (R.I.) 6-2. Liam Spellman was the winning pitcher for the Lancers, who finish the regular season 12-8, while Sonny Pezzello was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Ben Jerome was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored.
• East Lyme scored five runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Bacon Academy 9-5 in its regular-season finale. Tristan Smith struck out eight over 5.2 innings to earn the win for the Vikings, who head into the postseason 12-8, while Trystan Levesque was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI and Owen Robbins had two hits and scored twice. Luke LaSaracina went 3-for-4 and scored two runs for Bacon (6-13).
• Liam Flanagan pitched a two-hitter and Old Lyme rode a 13-hit attack to beat New London 10-0 in a non-conference game. Tait Sawden had a big afternoon for the Wildcats, who finished the regular season 11-9, finishing with three doubles and four RBI. Colbe Andrews added three hits (two doubles) with three RBI, Jesper Silberberg had a single and double, and Eli St. German had two hits. Gerjuan Tyus had a pair of hits for the Whalers (2-17).
• Jakob Morell went 2-for-3 with a pair of triples as St. Bernard defeated Wheeler 10-3 at Dodd Stadium. The Saints are 8-10 while the Lions fall to 4-12.
• St. Bernard qualified for the state tournament with a 1-0 win over Windham in an ECC Division IV game. Abby Whewell's groundball in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Ariana Guinassi for the win. Emily Nelson pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Saints (8-9, 4-4), who won their sixth straight. Isabelle Perez of Windham pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts. Meghan Bergeron doubled for the Saints' only hit.
• New London stopped St. Bernard's six-game winning streak with a 12-2 win. Caylee Parker was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Finella Smith and Anaya Vega had two hits each for New London (11-9). Ariana Guinassi had two hits and drove in two runs and Taina Quinones scored both runs for the Saints (8-10).
• Plainfield erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to defeat Ledyard 6-1 in an ECC Division III game. Paige Perkins had double for the Colonels (14-6, 5-3), who were limited to just four hits.
• Killingly defeated Wheeler 22-1 in five innings. The Lions (5-11) scored their only run on an RBI double by Savannah Galluci.
• Maddie Burrows came on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth inning and got Waterford out of the jam as the Lancers beat Fitch 5-4 on Friday night. Burrows struck out three with no hits over two innings to earn the save for the Lancers (17-3), who have won 13 straight. Cassidy Susi added a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to give Waterford a 4-1 lead, and Ciana Chiappone singled and scored twice. Gina McKittrick had two hits, including a double, and an RBI, Chloe McCue had two hits and scored, and Rachel Miller earned the win for the Lancers. Casey Flax and Karly Morales each had two hits for the Falcons (7-13).
• Fitch ended its season with an 11-8 non-conference loss to RHAM. Sophomore James Deichler led the Falcons, who finished 5-11, with four goals — including his 40th of the season — while another sophomore, Devyn Jordan, added two goals and one assist.
• Fitch won 16 of 19 draws on the way to a big 10-7 non-conference win over Granby. The Falcons (11-4) led 6-5 at halftime and broke things open by scoring four straight goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Maggie O'Leary finished with two goals and two assists, Jessica Russo had two goals and an assist, Bridget O'Leary scored twice, Rita Sefransky had one goal and two assists, Caroline Podurgiel had one goal and one assist, Maddie Catlett and Nora Casey each scored a goal and goalie Molly Bresnahan finished with 10 saves. Granby is 12-4.