Pictured: Alex Mach was on his game again Wednesday with a complete-game shutout. (Photo by Tammy Clancy)
Coginchaug senior Alex Mach was not perfect on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean he was beatable.
The Blue Devils won their sixth straight game as the right-hander scattered nine hits, walked none and struck out 10 to beat Hale-Ray 6-0 in a Shoreline Conference game in Moodus.
Mach threw 87 pitches, 67 for strikes, and conference-leading Coginchaug (13-2) played very good defense behind him.
Evan Faiella doubled twice and drove in a run and No. 9 hitter Jack Konopka was 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Coginchaug office. Mike Garofalo and Kolby Pascarelli also had two hits each and Connor Willett doubled, scored twice and drove in a run.
Aiden Clark and Oliver Ross had two hits apiece for the Noises (9-6).
C 011 300 1–6 11 0
HR 000 000 0–0 9 4
Batteries: C–Alex Mach and Mike Garofalo; HR–Hunter Espinosa, Ryan Sikorski (5) and Oliver Ross. WP: Mach; LP: Espinosa.
In other area baseball games Wednesday:
Haddam-Killingworth 10, Morgan 4
M 000 001 3–4 7 3
HK 000 613 x–10 8 1
Batteries: M–Garrett Garbinski, Ethan Renaudo and Ryan Hromadka; HK–Alec Erskine and Nick Glynn. WP: Erskine; LP: Garbinski.
Highlights: The host Cougars pushed across 6 runs in the fourth inning, with Alex Sheehan and Callen Powers contributing 2-run doubles, to break open a scoreless game. Sheehan and Cavan Burrell finished with 3 hits apiece for H-K. Bailey Goss had 2 hits for Morgan, and Goss, Garbinski, Brady Fritz, Dominic Carpenter all driving in a run. Garbinski pitched 4 innings, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts.
Records: H-K 11-4; Morgan 7-8.
Old Lyme 12, Westbrook 2 (5)
W 001 01–2 5 1
OL 101 28–12 9 0
Batteries: OL–Riley Warecke and Alex Roth; W–Tyler Prisley (4), Trevor Hendrixson (5), William McCarthy (5), J. Grace (5) and Charlie Schneider, Prisley (5).
Highlights: Winning pitcher Warecke had 2 hits and 3 RBIs and Colbe Andrews blasted a 2-run home run for the Wildcats. Alex Roth and Jesper Silberberg had 2 hits apiece. Jack Naccarato was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Westbrook.
Records: Old Lyme 5-9; Westbrook 0-14.
Thursday: Old Lyme at Hale-Ray, 3:45
Friday: Westbrook hosts Hale-Ray, 3:45
Valley Regional 7, East Hampton 1
EH 100 000 0–1 5 3
VR 210 202 x–7 7 1
Highlights: Colin Carver was the winning pitcher and Sam Helsel remained hot, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Sam Hutchinson hit a 2-run triple in the sixth inning.
Records: Valley Regional 11-3; East Hampton 7-7.
Coginchaug 9, Hale-Ray 7
Highlights: Winning pitcher Amalia DeMartino upped her record to 5-0 and went 4 for 4 at the plate with a double, 2 runs scored and 1 RBI against the visiting Noises. Kelly Boothroyd recorded the save. Other Coginchaug standouts at the plate: Amanda Case (3 for 4 with 3 runs scored); Ava Marenna (2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI); Allison Strang (2 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs); and freshman Alayna Mariani (2 for 3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI).
Records: Coginchaug 9-2; Hale-Ray 6-8.
Next: Coginchaug vs. Old Saybrook, Friday, 5pm; Hale-Ray vs. Westbrook, Friday, 4pm.
North Haven 3, Mercy 1
M 000 010 0–1 6 0
NR 110 010 x–3 4 2
Batteries: M–Alexa Boone and Sophia Engels; NH–Olivia Olson and Jordan Maenza. WP: Olson; LP: Boone.
Highlights: The Tigers threatened in the sixth with the bases loaded and in the seventh with runners on second and third, but couldn’t score. Ava Chrostowski had a hit and Mercy’s only RBI. Boone struck out 13 and had 2 hits, while Ameilia Andruskiewicz, Katelyn Bailey and Sophie Engels accounted for the Tigers’ other hits.
Records: Mercy 10-4; North Haven 7-4.
Next: Mercy vs. Lauralton Hall at Pat Kidney/Gecewicz Field, 7pm.
North Branford 4, Cromwell 0
NB 210 100 0–4 4 0
C 000 000 0–0 5 1
WP: Bella Hills; LP: Lily Kenney.
Highlights: Hills pitched a complete game and Lindsey Onofrio hit her first over-the-fence home run, a 2-run shot in the first inning, as the Thunderbirds beat the Panthers for the second time in as many days. Eric Piercey had an RBI triple for the winners. For Cromwell, Kenney singled and doubled and struck out 11 in the loss.
Records: North Branford 10-1; Cromwell 11-3.
Thursday: Cromwell at Valley Regional; 4pm; North Branford vs. Old Lyme, 4.
Haddam-Killingworth 9, Morgan 1
HK 201 203 1–9 7 0
M 010 000 0–1 2 4
Highlights: Freshman Bella Richwine was in complete control in notching her fifth win of the season against no losses. The right-hander held the Huskies to 2 hits, walked none and struck out 11. At the plate, Richwine scored 3 runs (via 2 walks and a hit by pitch), while Ivy McNiel had a double and 2 RBIs and Madison LaTouche had 2 hits and scored a run.
Records: H-K 12-1; Morgan 5-10.
Friday: H-K at East Hampton/Portland, 4pm.
Saturday: Morgan at North Branford, 10:30am.
Portland 179, Hale-Ray 199
At Portland GC (Shoreline match)
Medalist: Luke Karpiej, Hale-Ray, 39
Portland: Ben Lucas 44, Mason Piersall 44, Quinn Lapinski 45, Nick Binezewski 46 (Nick Matera 47).
Hale-Ray: Karpiej 39, Hunter Rafala 51, Logan Carey 53, Andrew Conroy 56 (Jack Dedman 57)
Shelton 149, Xavier 173
At Brownson CC, Shelton
Medalist: Tyler Pearson (Shelton), 35
Shelton: Pearson 35, Kyle St. George 37, Vinny DeFao 37, Cameron St. Pierre 40.
Xavier: Chris Drisdelle 41, John Carrozzella 42, Finn Russell 44, Madison Whitney 46.
Records: Shelton 6-4, Xavier 2-8.
Morgan 182, Old Saybrook 195
At Fenwick GC (non-league)
Medalist: Garrett Brady, Old Saybrook, 41
Old Saybrook: Brady, 41, Drew Kulmann 49, Jacob Speed 53, Rylan Murphy 55, Joe Sinibaldo 52.
Morgan: Jason Cohen 45, Drew Nye 44, Nick Schmidt 43, CJ Giuliano 50, Ray Swan 50.