Two of the area’s softball pitchers ruled the day Monday as Cromwell sophomore Lily Kenney threw five perfect innings in a 10-0 Shoreline Conference win over East Hampton, and Mercy’s Alexa Boone did not allow a hit in a 7-1 Southern Connecticut Conference victory over Guilford.
Kenney struck out 7 to help the visiting Panthers to their first win (1-1). She also belted 3 hits including 2 doubles and scored 3 runs.
Madison Tessmer added 2 hits and scored twice, and Grace McFarlin and Victoria Wiatrak both hit home runs for Cromwell.
In Middletown, Boone walked 3 and struck out 11 and Ashley DeLuca homered in her 3-for-3 day at the plate as Mercy improved to 2-0.
DeLuca drove in 3 runs, Boone was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs and Paige Frederick had pinch-hit, 2-run triple to power the Mercy attack.
Samantha Green walked and scored for Guilford (0-2).
In other softball action Monday:
Haddam-Killingworth 11, North Branford 4
Freshman starter Bella Richwine and sophomore Kaleigh Bodak combined for 12 strikeouts as the Cougars rolled to their second win to start the season.
Junior Audrey Snyder went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored 3 runs, freshman Ivy McNeil was 3 for 4 and had 4 RBIs, and Richwine and Cheyenne LaTouche contributed 2 hits apiece.
Morgan 14, Valley Regional 2
The host Huskies won their second straight behind Kacey Edwards, who struck out 9 and was 3 for 5 at the plate. Colleen Edwards was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a stolen base and Sydney Robison had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs.
Valley is 0-2.
Old Lyme 16, Old Saybrook 1
The host Wildcats (2-0) scored 13 runs in the first inning and winning pitcher Victoria Gage was among the team’s offensive stars with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs.
Gage gave up one earned run on three hits, walked none and struck out seven. Freshman Emma Bayor pitched the fifth and struck out two.
Shortstop Grace Lathrop (3 runs, 2 steals), third baseman Alison Ward (double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs), Bayor (3 for 4, 3 runs scored, 3 RBIs), center fielder Ava Roth (2 for 3, 4 RBIs) and left fielder Jenns Schauder (3 RBI) had big days at the plate.
Christine Lombardi took the loss for the Rams (0-1). Kendall Kollmer had one hit and drove in the team’s run.
Xavier 18, Guilford 6
Mitch Bludnicki and Drew Kron each had 3 hits and scored 3 runs in the Falcons’ 16-hit attack.
Drew Errera, Colin Loria and Brandon Gaer contributed 2 hits apiece as the Falcons improved to 2-0 ahead of Wednesday’s home opener against West Haven at Palmer Field (4pm).
Tristan Powers threw 4 solid innings for the victory, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and striking out 6. Thomas Lunt and Dillon Luke finished up in relief.
Old Saybrook 4, Old Lyme 2
The host Rams scored three times in the sixth and Jake Butler picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Shoreline Conference battle.
Noah Grace was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs for Old Saybrook and teammate Nick Scalzo had a hit, scored a run and drove in one. The Rams are 2-0.
Losing pitcher Riley Warecke had 2 hits for Old Lyme (0-2). Warecke went 5 innings, allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 4 and struck out 8.
Haddam-Killingworth 4, North Branford 2
Alden Halfinger had 3 hits and 3 RBIs, Callen Powers pitched into the fifth inning for the victory and reliever Alec Erskine notched his second save for the Cougars.
H-K gave Powers, who struck out 10, a four-run lead after 2 innings and it held up. The Thunderbirds scored single runs in the fifth and sixth.
Matt Miranda and Luke DiMauro had 2 hits apiece for H-K. Ryan Nuzzo had 2 hits for North Branford (1-1).
Coginchaug 12, Westbrook 1 (5)
In his first start for the Blue Devils, junior Alex Tawa pitched 3-hit ball over 4 innings, walked none and fanned 7. With the road win, Coginchaug is off to a 2-0 start in Shoreline play.
Kolby Pascarelli doubled and tripled, Jeremy Mangiameli and Anthony Morro had 2 hits apiece and Tawa drove in 3 runs to lead the Blue Devils’ offense. Connor Willett scored 3 runs from the leadoff spot
Griffin Biro pitched the fifth for the Devils. Dan Zambrano went deep for Westbrook’s only run.
Hale-Ray 13, Portland 3 (6)
Cam Watson collected 4 of the Noises’ 15 hits and drove in 3 runs in a perfect day at the plate as Hale-Ray improved to 2-0. Avery Gugliotti doubled and Oliver Ross tripled for the winners.
Aiden Clarke struck out 7 for the victory. Austin Vess had a double for the Highlanders (0-2).
Shelton 161, Xavier 184 (At Portland Golf Club)
Medalist: Kyle St. Pierre (S), 35.
Shelton: St. Pierre 35, Cameron St. Pierre 41, Tyler Pearson 42, Vinny DeFeo 43.
Xavier: Finn Russell 41, Chris Drisdelle 44, Madison Whitney 49, John Carrozzella 50.
Records: Shelton 1-0, Xavier 0-1.
North Haven 7, Mercy 0
Abby Weaver (NH) def. Abby Weaver (M), 6-2, 6-1
Taylor Morris (NH) def Bella Bartolomei (M) 7-5, 6-1
Risa Tobin (NH) def Tina Wenhui (M) 6-2, 6-2
Chandler Morris (NH) def Mary Kolodziej (M), 6-0, 6-1
Megan Kell/Nadia Kavgaci (NH) def Kat Antico/Harper Carlson (M), 6-1, 6-3
Kaitlin Ha/Sophia Delvecchio (NH) def Ava Cedillo/Milana Koji (M), 6-1, 6-1
Zeena Mohamed/Noelle Carmody (NH) def Helen Yang/Maggie McCormack (M) 6-2, 6-2
Records: Mercy 1-1; North Haven 1-1.