ECC tournament roundup: Stonington freshman O’Neil reaches ECC boys’ singles final
East Lyme — Stonington freshman Brady O’Neil advanced to the singles final of the Eastern Connecticut Conference boys’ tennis tournament on Tuesday at East Lyme High School.
O’Neil, the No. 2 seed, defeated third-seeded Jiarui Peng of East Lyme 6-1, 6-0 in their semifinal match.
O’Neil will play defending champion Will Albrikes in Wednesday’s final at Stonington High School at 3 p.m. The top-seeded Albrikes, who won the championship as a freshman in 2022, ousted teammate Andres Sardar, the No. 5 seed, 6-0, 6-1 in the other semifinal.
The final will be streamed live via GameDay on www.theday.com.
In doubles, the top-seeded team of Stonington’s Conrad Tobiassen-Tucker Callahan will play No. 3 Rohan Purohit-Rohun Boopathy of East Lyme in Wednesday’s final. Tobiassen and Callahan defeated No. 4 Morgan Fisher-Nick Sousa of Fitch 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals while Purohit and Boopathy eliminated No. 2 Sebastian Fieldsend-Malloch Allison of Ledyard 6-0, 6-0.
• Waterford junior Sarah Hage will get a chance to win her third straight ECC singles title on Wednesday after defeating No. 4 Mara Wolff of East Lyme 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Hage will face second-seeded Grace Duggan of Stonington, who defeated No. 3 Julia Mielguj of Fitch 6-0, 6-3. The match will be played at Stonington High School and will be streamed live via www.theday.com at 3 p.m.
The doubles final will be an all-Stonington affair with the top-seeded team of Katya Snegovskikh-Lauren Buckley meeting No. 7 Gwen McGugan-Angelina Williams. McGugan and Williams rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Bears teammates and No. 3 seed Misha and Marina Lewandowski in the other semifinal.
• Zion Fraser doubled home Martin Light with one out in the bottom of the eighth to give No. 3 St. Bernard a 1-0 win over No. 14 Norwich Free Academy in the first round. Light had led off with a single and was bunted to second by Bryce Morrissette. NFA (9-12) intentionally walked Joe Basso before Fraser ended the game.
Ryan Ziegler had two hits and pitched a complete game three-hitter with eight strikeouts for the Saints (17-3), who play No. 6 Lyman Memorial in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at Dodd Stadium in Norwich at 6:30 p.m.
• Dominic Pontbriant allowed just one hit and one walk over 6.1 innings while striking out eight as Lyman defeated No. 11 Killingly 4-0. Nate Cone single, drove in a run and scored a run for the Bulldogs (14-7) while Ben Darrow singled and drove in a run.
• Waterford’s Anthony Jessuck allowed only one earned run and struck out seven over six innings as the No. 10 Lancers defeated No. 7 New London 10-7 in the first round.
Quinn Spiller had two doubles for Waterford (13-8), which will play No. 2 East Lyme in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at Dodd Stadium at 4 p.m.. Landon Hill singled and drove in a run for the Whalers (8-13) while Eddie Torres singled and scored a run.
• No. 8 Bacon Academy overcame an early 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 9 Griswold 5-2 in the first round. Mason Pingree allowed five hits over 6.2 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts for the Bobcats (12-9), who face No. 1 Woodstock in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m.
Pingree also had two hits, including an RBI single in the sixth, while Steve Laliberte had three hits and Chris Lusignan two with an RBI. Kade Rubino had two hits for the Wolverines (11-10).
• James Main doubled twice, scored a run and drove in a run before coming in to record the final two outs for the save as No. 12 Wheeler defeated No. 5 Stonington 4-3 in the first round.
The Lions (14-6) will play No. 13 Fitch in Wednesday’s first quarterfinal game at Dodd Stadium at 11 a.m. Bradin Anderson pitched 6.1 innings to earn the win, striking out seven, while Jon Anderson and Sean Bergel had two hits each. Dylan Cimini had a single, double and RBI for the Bears (12-9) and Jace Wolfradt added an RBI triple.
• Fitch advanced with a 23-5 victory over No. 4 Plainfield. Dylan Meyer had a big day for the Falcons (12-9) with three hits, three runs and seven RBI while Trace Morales had two hits and drove in three runs.
• Elizabeth Morgis drove in four runs with two-run singles in the first and fifth innings as No. 4 Woodstock Academy defeated No. 5 Ledyard 6-2 in the first round of the Division I tournament. Madi Miller had a triple, Faith Dalton and Grace Bush doubled and Layla Lasisomphone had two hits for the Colonels (11-10). The Centaurs will play top-seeded Waterford in Wednesday’s semifinals at Griswold at 4 p.m.
• No. 3 St. Bernard scored four runs in the sixth inning to pull away for a 10-5 win over No. 6 Griswold in the Division II first round. Olivia Kane was 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Saints (12-8), who play No. 2 Stonington in Wednesday’s semifinals at Griswold at 1:30 p.m., while Katie Scribner and Madison Scribner each scored three runs. Makayla Nielsen and Cameron Williams each had two hits for Griswold (6-13).
• No. 4 Plainfield defeated No. 5 Wheeler 7-4 in the Division II first round and will play No. 1 Lyman Memorial in Wednesday’s semifinals at Griswold at 11 a.m. Reese Main had three hits for the Lions (11-9) while Addie Stanley and Abby Butremovic added two hits apiece.