Local roundup: Babson edges CGA to win NEWMAC men's tennis title
Babson Park, Mass. — Top-seeded Babson College won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's tennis championship with a 5-3 victory over No. 2 Coast Guard Academy on Sunday.
The Bears, who finish 3-4 and lost to Babson 5-4 last weekend, were making their first appearance in the championship match since 2011.
Babson (6-0) earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament, its first since 2014.
Coast Guard took a 2-1 lead after the doubles competition, getting wins by the No. 1 team of Kyle Fager-Chris Norman and the No. 2 team of Myles Decoste-Sean Dreher.
Babson, however, captured four singles matches to pull out the win. Dreher had the Bears' lone singles win, capturing his No. 4 match 6-0, 7-5.
• UConn Avery Point lost its regular-season finale, falling 6-0 in the Eastern Connecticut junior varsity in Willimantic. Tim Hanlon had a single, walk and stolen base for the Mariners (4-8), who will compete in the NJCAA subdistrict tournament beginning Friday at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.
Sun cut three
• The Connecticut Sun, after playing their final WNBA preseason game on Saturday night in Dallas, waived three players on Sunday — Feyonda Fitzgerald, Micaela Kelly and Morgan Bertsch.
• New London swept an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I doubleheader from Stonington on Saturday, beating the Bears 13-6 in the opener and 3-0 in the second game.
Kenny Miller led the Whalers (3-10, 2-9) in the opener with three hits, including a double, with four RBI, while Gio Galatioto added three hits and two RBI, Michael Germoso had a single, double and two runs, Garrett Matson had a single and double and Sean Raymond doubled and score twice. Ryan Gardiner allowed only two hits with five strikeouts over four innings of relief to earn the win. Luke Verbridge scored three runs for the Bears (0-11, 0-11).
In the second game, C.J. Hamilton allowed only three hits over 6.1 innings with eight strikeouts to earn the win and Gardiner got the save by striking out the two batters he faced. Angel Ovalle was 3-for-3 and drove in all three runs for New London while Matson had two hits and scored twice.
H.S. girls' tennis
• Stonington did not drop a set in blanking East Lyme, 7-0, in an ECC Division I match on Saturday. The Bears (8-1, 6-1) picked up singles wins from Maddie Hamm, Maddie Gonzalez, Mia Lewandowski and Grace Milne, along with doubles wins form Katie Johnston-Katya Snegovskikh, Erin Motherway-Emily Fulling and Lauren Buckley-Analise McGee. The Vikings are 4-5, 3-5.
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