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    Sunday, May 19, 2024

    Local high school roundup: Cannella’s RBI single wins it in the eighth for the Bears

    Norwich Free Academy’s Ava Boenig, right, celebrates a home run with her teammates during Saturday morning’s high school softball game against Killingly at DePina Field in Norwich. NFA won 8-2. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    NFA shortstop Melina Graziano makes a throw to first base during Saturday’s high school softball game against Killingly. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    NFA’s Sophia Miner scores a run between teammate Madison Waltke, left, and Killingly catcher Jayden Durand during Saturday’s game in Norwich. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Stonington — Nick Cannella had a game-winning single in the eighth inning Saturday as the Stonington High School baseball team edged St. Bernard 8-7.

    Jace Wolfradt doubled in the eighth, which was followed by an intentional walk to Dylan Cimini. Following a groundout, Cannella singled for the victory.

    Cimini was 3-for-4 with two RBI for Stonington (3-2), while Wolfradt (two doubles), Aaron LoPresto and Cannella each had two hits. Cam Ogden pitched four innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits, to pick up the win.

    Desmond Powers had two hits and Martin Light homered for St. Bernard (2-2), which led 6-0 after three innings. Stonington scored single runs in the fourth and fifth before St. Bernard scored one in the top of the sixth to make it 7-2. Stonington unloaded five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie things 7-7.

    In other games:

    • Griffin Pollard pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven, and also supplied two hits and three RBI to lift Fitch past North Kingstown (R.I.), 9-0. Nate Virtue had three hits and Trace Morales scored three runs for the Falcons (3-1).

    • Kyami Boyce had three hits and five RBI in Griswold’s 10-5 win over Ledyard. Sam Gilgenbach drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Sunny Botello added an RBI single for the Wolverines (4-2) while Andrew Harden was the winning pitcher.

    • Giovanni Winters accounted for Old Lyme’s only run with a home run in a 6-1 loss to Morgan in the Shoreline Conference. The Wildcats fell to 4-2, 4-1.

    • East Lyme scored two runs in the sixth inning to take a two-run lead and held on for a 3-2 victory over South Windsor. Aidan Cochrane had a home run and two RBI and Alex Dreyfus added a solo home run for the Vikings (2-2).


    • Madison Waltke was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Norwich Free Academy’s 8-2 victory over Killingly. Melina Graziano also had three doubles and two runs scored for the Wildcats (2-2) and Ava Boenig had a homer and two singles. Samantha Baker and Jayden Durand each had two hits for Killingly.

    • Amanda Corrice and Abby Daniewicz combined to pitch a one-hitter for Montville in a 14-0 victory over Windham in a game shortened to five innings. Daniewicz went 3-for-4 with a double and Ava Gero and Payton Jones each added one hit for Montville (4-1). Jeisabel Vazquez had the only hit for Windham.

    • Michaela Miner’s game-winning, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Stonington past Wheeler 5-4. Melanie Verbridge’s two-run triple tied the score. Sophia Dutra had a single and a triple for the Bears (5-0) and Gracelyn Smith added an RBI double. Shay Deary went 3-for-3 with an RBI for Wheeler (1-1) and Reese Main added two hits.

    • Emilia Podeszwa had a double and a solo home run for Waterford in a 6-3 win over Newtown. Melanie Martin had a two-run home run and a single while Grace Muti had two hits and Ava Waddington added two hits and an RBI for the Lancers (5-1).

    Girls’ tennis

    • Katherine Zhang, Emma Arelt and Rose Dimmock won singles matches for Old Lyme in a 5-2 victory over Westbrook that was a rematch of last season’s Class S state championship pairing, also won by Old Lyme. The Wildcats (5-0 overall and in the Shoreline Conference) also got doubles wins from Aggie and Beatrice Hunt at No. 1 and Allegra Schaedler and Liza Gregiore at No. 3.

    Boys’ lacrosse

    • Tate Gordon finished with six goals and two assists as Fitch defeated previously unbeaten Stonington 12-10. Roman Rich added three goals and an assist, Boden Frost had a goal and four assists and Chase Beyus had 18 saves for Fitch (3-1). Ethan Mahoney had five goals, Nate Mahoney two goals and two assists and Cooper Light two goals for Stonington (4-1).

    • Griffin Neal scored three goals in Waterford’s 6-3 victory over Branford. Rowan Gada, Ben Dubicki and Xavier Del Grosso had one goal each and Johan Deon one assist for the Lancers (2-2), who took a 3-1 lead after one quarter. Darien Sherwood made eight saves in goal for the win.

    Girls’ lacrosse

    • Lily Poletto had two goals and two assists for East Lyme in a 14-5 loss to Staples. Cassidy O’Brien added one goal and one assist for the Vikings (2-2).

    • Skylar Frost had five goals, two assists and seven draw controls for The WIlliams School in a 15-9 loss Friday to the King School. Elle Reid and Ally Iacobellis each had two goals for the Blues (1-4) and Brook McLaughlin had five ground balls.

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