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Local roundup: Avery Point eliminated from NJCAA regional

Saugerties, N.Y. — The season ended abruptly for the UConn Avery Point baseball team on Sunday.

Mercer Community College swept the Pointers, winning the opener 15-6 and the second game 16-5, to advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series. The Pointers (24-13-1) would have advanced with one victory on Sunday.

Javon Hernandez had three hits, scored twice and stole two bases in the two games, Tyler Rice homered and drove in two runs in Game 2 and Jaden Fowler and Jaden Echevarria each had two-run singles in the first game.

In other games:

• UConn clinched its second straight Big East Conference reegular-season title with a 17-6 win over Xavier. David Smith, Matt Donlan and Korey Morton homered for the Huskies (42-10, 16-2) and Erik Stock and Morton drove in three runs each.

H.S. girls' tennis

• Old Lyme swept doubles play and beat Westbrook 6-1 in a Shoreline Conference match. The teams of Livie Bass-Alexis Fenton and Aggie Hunt-Beatrice Hunt won in straight sets and Fiona Hufford and Izzy Reynolds rallied to win at No. 3 doubles after dropping the first set. Sam Tan, Callie Bass and Elaina Morosky won singles matches for the Wildcats (17-0, 14-0). 

Running

• Malcolm Connor of New Haven won the Hartford HealthCare Mystic Half Marathon with a time of 1:15.23 while New London's Rebecca Snelson was the top women's finisher, coming in fourth in 1:22.50.

Luke Devin of Danvers, Mass., was second in 1:15:58, Stonington's Elias Dahl finished third in 1:20.14 and Erik Kastner of Southington was fifth in 1:25.42. Also finishing in the top 10 were Dan Covino of Windsor (1:26.18), Ben Hensley of Hartford (1:26.33), Peter Zelken of Groton (1:27.10), Alexander Mayer of Eastchester, N.Y. (1:27.38) and Steve Ellefsen of Berlin (1:28.32). 

Gregory Costello of New London won the 10K with a time of 34:33 and Katherine Irgens of Mystic was the top women's finisher, coming in fourth in 37:54. Also finishing in the top 10 were Matthew DeVillers of Mystic (34:35), Jake Thoenen of Sunrise Beach, Mo. (36:09), Jeff Walker of Westerly (38:14), Peter Armon of Cheshire (38:59), Joe Decker of Meriden (39:07), Eric Collins of Mystic (39:19), Chris Cure of Newport, R.I. (39:26) and Ethan Halpern of Longmeadow, Mass. (40:15).

College softball

• Eastern Connecticut State won a pair of games in the NCAA Division III regional tournament in Union, N.J. The Warriors beat Kean 5-1 in the first game of the championship round, forcing a winner-take-all game on Monday at 10 a.m. ECSU advanced to the championship round with a 10-0 win over Alfred in five innings.

Montville's Alexis Michon combined on a four-hitter with Alyssa Vilchez in the win over Kean. Michon, who threw a one-hitter in the win over Alfred, came on when Vilchez was injured running the bases in the fifth inning. Michon pitched three scoreless innings for the first save of her career. She gave up one hit with one walk and five strikeouts, including the last two batters of the game.

Cassie Woods of Mystic had two hits in the game and had three hits in the win over Alfred. Michon (20-1) struck out four and walked two.

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