Local roundup: Rivers pitches Ledyard past New London
New London — Sara Rivers pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks as Ledyard High School beat New London 8-2 Tuesday in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division III opener for both softball teams.
Samantha Money and Amanda Cox had two hits each and Rivers scored three runs for Ledyard (2-0).
Caylee Parker and Jaelynn Potter had two hits each for New London (1-1).
In other games:
• Tiana Quinones went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI as St. Bernard won its season opener 5-1 over Norwich Tech. Meghan Bergeron pitched a five-hitter with six strikeouts for the Saints and Shania Riviere had two hits. Avery Richards doubled for the Warriors (0-2).
• Maddie Mendez went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored to propel Stonington past Bacon Academy 16-9 in ECC Division II. Phoebe Werling had a single, double and three RBI while Shea O'Connor had two hits and scored two runs for the Bears (1-0, 1-0). Kate Ashe had a single and two doubles for Bacon (1-1, 0-1).
• Cassidy Susi had a double and triple in Waterford's 6-1 win over Killingly in an ECC Division II opener. Winning pitcher Rachel Miller went five innings, allowing two hits while striking out eight and walking one, and also chipped in two hits while Gina McKittrick had a two-run single and Lili Stoddard added an RBI single for the Lancers (2-0, 1-0).
• Corbin Caulkins contributed five goals and an assist to power Old Lyme past Cromwell 17-3 in the Shoreline Conference. Mike Kolesnik had four goals and an assist while Alec Spiers had three goals and two assists and Jack Bocian added two goals for the Wildcats.
• Ryan Kinney had five goals and two assists to highlight Ledyard/Griswold's 21-3 non-conference win over Vinal Tech/Goodwin Tech on Monday. Isaiah Spaulding added four goals and one assist for the Colonels (2-0) while Kaine Sherman had three goals and three assists, Cameron Reynolds three goals and one assist, Armaun Bakhshallizadeh three goals, Jacob Foster and Anthony Rose one goal and one assist apiece, Max Howard one goal and Seamus McGrath two assists.
• Alexis DeLucia scored six goals and added two assists to lift Montville past Bacon Academy 9-7. Maddie Gould, Chloe Smith and Ashley Rewers each had a goal for the Indians (2-0) and goalie Madeline Horkey made eight saves. Hannah Holmes had five goals for the Bobcats.
• Maddie Pipech had four goals and Sabrina Mitchell scored three in Ledyard's 13-7 win over New London. Cassidy Carroll and Missy Archer had two goals apiece for the Colonels (1-1).
• East Lyme opened its season with a 14-6 loss to Guilford. Julia Bates had three goals and an assist and Anna Johnson scored twice for East Lyme.
• Maddie Rizzutto had four goals and two assists, leading Coast Guard Academy past Western Connecticut State University 12-7. The Bears (3-7) have won two straight for the first time this season. Etta Davis and Mel Goins each had two goals while Carter Sanderson and Haley McCue had a goal and an assist apiece.
• Walter Harris pitched six solid innings to pick up the win as Coast Guard won its third straight with a 3-2 win over Emerson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. The Bears (12-8, 2-4) have allowed four runs or less in each of the last five games for the first time since 2013 when the team allowed four or less runs in eight straight games. Will Stephens came on with two out in the ninth and runners on first and second and threw one pitch to end the game and record his team leading fourth save.
The Bears got two runs in the first on Jake Behne's infield single and the second run scored on a throwing error. They added a run in the seventh on an RBI infield single by Luke Thompson for a 3-1 lead. Thompson and Jeremy Lhotka each had two hits for the Bears.
• Justin Guerrera and Giacomo Brancato each belted home runs in Fairfield's 10-3 win over No. 22 UConn at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs. The Stags (12-13) pounded out 19 hits overall, with Jack Gethering going 4-for-6. John Toppa had two of UConn's seven hits and Chris Winkel added a double and two RBI. The Huskies fell to 17-10.
• Montville broke open its season opener with nine runs in the sixth inning to beat Bacon Academy 16-3. Griffin Pontbriant earned the win, striking out 10 and allowing four hits in 4.2 innings, while Nick Calash had a single, double, home run and seven RBI and Ryan Champagne had two singles, a double and scored three runs and Robert Delacruz added three hits and an RBI.
• Dan Kendall had Old Lyme's only hit in a 14-0 loss to Coginchaug in a Shoreline Conference game that lasted four and a half innings. The Wildcats are 1-1 overall.
H.S. boys' tennis
• NFA opened its season with a 3-3 tie against Killingly. Jack Lacey, Tony Du and Jason He won singles matches for NFA.
H.S. girls' tennis
• Maddie Ham, Ainsley Johnstone, Alison Marsiglia and Holly Foster all won their respective singles matches for Stonington in a 7-0 win over Norwich Free Academy.
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Sam Money was 3-for-3 and with two triples, a double and two RBI for the unbeaten Ledyard softball team and fellow freshman Paige Perkins was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple as the Colonels beat St. Bernard 21-1 in five innings.
Defensive mistakes at inopportune times have haunted the Coast Guard Academy softball team this season. It happened again on Wednesday.