Wildcats’ Tait Sawden Pitches 2-Hitter, Defeats Morgan 1-0

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Old Lyme pitcher Tait Sawden knows the agony of losing a 1-0 game this season. Now he knows the thrill of being on the winning side of one.

Sawden went the distance for the third this season on Friday as he pitched the Wildcats to a 1-0 Shoreline Conference victory over visiting Morgan.

The senior fired a two-hitter, threw 68 of 100 pitches for strikes and fanned nine.

“He was pounding the strike zone and did a good job keeping the hitters off balance,” Old Lyme coach Randy St. Germain said. “He was terrific again for us.”

Old Lyme’s Jesper Silberberg scored on an error in the fifth inning for the game’s only run. Colbe Andrews and Jaden Reyes had two hits each for the Wildcats (3-4), who won for the third time in four games.

Ryan Inglis and Dominic Carpenter had the only hits for Morgan (1-5). Huskies lefty Mike Pelletier allowed five hits, walked two and struck out six in six innings.

Sawden went the distance in a 1-0 loss to Hale-Ray in his first start of the season, allowing an unearned run, walking none and striking out 12. He won his second start, 4-3 over Westbrook.

St. Germain would like to see the Wildcats come around at the plate.

“We need to swing it better but that is easier said than done,” he said. “We have a lot of guys in the lineup that are new to varsity pitching, so it may take some time. But hopefully they come around because our pitching should keep us in a lot of games. The league is as tough as I have seen in some years so every game is going to be a battle.”

In other baseball games around the area Friday:

Coginchaug 9, East Hampton 1
Cog 201 303 0–9 14 1
EH 100 000 0–1 3 1
WP: Alex Mach; LP–James Quinn. 2B: Cog–Chris Carafeno, Anthony Morro (2).
Highlights: The Blue Devils pounded out 14 hits a day after suffering their first loss. Carafeno was 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs, Morro was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, and Kolby Pascarelli and Connor Willett had 2 hits each. Quinn had a hit and scored the Bellringers’ only run and Colby Camp had the RBI. Quinn took the loss, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits in 4 innings.
Records: Coginchaug 6-1; East Hampton 2-3.

Haddam-Killingworth 7, Hale-Ray 1
HK 000 040 3–7 7 1
HR 000 100 0–1 4 0
Batteries
: H-K: Alec Erskine, Matt Miranda (7) and Nick Glynn. HR–Ryan Sikorsky, Nathan Wanderman (5), Avery Gugliotti (5) and Oliver Ross. WP: Erskine; LP: Wanderman.
Highlights: Erskine walked one and struck out 14 to lead the Cougars to their sixth in. Matt Pray, Miranda and Lucas Kamoen each had a hit and RBI. Miles Gagne had 2 hits for the Noises.
Records: H-K 6-1; Hale-Ray 4-2.

Cromwell 9, Westbrook 2
W 010 000 1–2
C 207 000 X–9
Highlights
: Tino Gagliardi had another big day at the plate for Cromwell, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Jake Gagnon hit a 2-run home run and Zach Zajac was 2 for 4 with an run and RBI. Ian Mihalopolus got the win in 5 1/3 innings of work, allowing an unearned run on 1 hit with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. The Panthers have won 2 in a row and 3 of 4.
Records: Cromwell 3-3, Westbrook 0-7.

Valley Regional 11, Portland 0
VR (11)00 00–11 9 0
Port 000 00–0 2 4
WP
: James Marsden; LP: Spencer Rosado
Highlights: James Marsden allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 in 4 innings to pick up the win.  Valley Regional scored 11 runs on 7 hits in the top of the first.  Kyle Metz hit a two-run home run to cap the 11-run inning.
Records: Valley 4-2; Portland 1-5.

SOFTBALL

Old Lyme 7, Morgan 4

The Wildcats (3-2) won their Shoreline Conference road game after jumping out to a 7-0 lead and holding off the Huskies (2-4. Winning pitcher Victoria Gage allowed 3 earned runs on 11 hits, walked none and struck out 9. Gage also went 2 for 4 with a 3-run home run and a double. Paige Kolesnik contributed 2 hits and scored 3 times and Kassidy Standish was 2 for 4 with an RBI. 

Mercy 20, Branford 4 (5)
M (11)16 02–20 14 3
B 120 01–4 2 5
Batteries
: M–Alexa Boone and Sophia Engels; B–Michaud, Johnson (1) and Richardson. WP: Boone; LP: Michaud.
Highlights: Boone was equally outstanding on the mound (2-hitter, 15 strikeouts) and at the plate (4 for 4, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs). Nicole Saraceno had 2 hits, scored 2 run and drove in one, Katelyn Bailey was 2 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI, and Paige Frederick was 2 for 5 with a run and RBI.
Records: Mercy 4-3, Branford 1-5.

GIRLS TENNIS

Berlin 6, Middletown 1
Singles

Julia Campbell (M) def. Katy Sparmen 6-3, 7-5
Olivia Salino (B) def. Rilynn Tanasi 6-2, 6-4
Christine Cole (B) def. Nicole Forno 6-7, 6-1, 12-10
Abby Leavenworth (B) def. Ava Monitero 6-7, 6-3, 10-7
Doubles
Maddie Palmierz/Victoria Piettruka (B) def. Nora Smith/Mackenzie Stanland 6-1, 6-2
Emily Wisniewski/Susan Wisniewski def. Chelsea Freer/Kelly Baran
Abby Cutler/Emily Kulinski def. Riley Chatman/Amy Torotola 6-0, 6-1

Mercy 6, Foran 1
Singles

Abby Weaver (M) def. Kyra Johnson 6-1, 6-3
Lila Cerritelli (M) def. Daniya Chopra 6-2,6-2
TinaYan (M) def. Agatha Dalton 7-5, 6-1
Sara Money (F) def. Harper Carlson (M) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
Doubles
Bella Bartolomei/Kat Antico (M) def. Tari Lanese/Olivia Connelly (F) 6-4, 6-0
Helen Yang/Maggie McCormack (M) def. Devyn Weed/Bridget Kieran 6-0, 6-2
Ava Cedillo/Milana Koji (M) def. Kaitlyn Adkins 6-0, 6-0.
Records: Foran 0-5, Mercy 2-3 .

BOYS GOLF

Old Lyme 196, Valley Regional 224
At Black Hall Club (White tees, par-35, course rating 33.9)
Medalist
: Pat Flanagan, Old Lyme, 46.
Old Lyme: Pat Flanagan, 46; Gavin Porter, 50; Andrew Hedberg, 49; Aden Wilson, 51.
Valley Regional: Kevin King, 49; Zack Figuenick, 56; Jake Castellano, 53; Gavin Fillacchione 66.

MORE TO COME …

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