In a battle of two of the Shoreline Conference’s top pitchers, senior Kelly Boothroyd of Coginchaug came out on top against Cromwell sophomore Lily Kenney.

Boothroyd scattered seven hits and struck out nine, senior shortstop Amalie DeMartino had two hits and scored a run and senior catcher Dana Boothroyd had a double and RBI to lead the Blue Devils to a 3-0 softball victory Saturday in Durham.

“Kelly is tough, a special pitcher,” Cromwell coach Angelo Morello said.

Coginchaug won its eight straight game to improve to 11-2 and in contention for the top seed in the league tournament with Haddam-Killingworth (13-1) and North Branford (11-1 before Saturday’s game against Morgan.

Kenney, who allowed six hits, allowed two runs in the third and one in the fourth. Although Cromwell’s offense had opportunities to get on the scoreboard, Boothroyd didn’t break.

“It was a good game,” Morello said. “We had Kelly on the ropes with two runners on and no one out in three innings, and each time she and her defense got her out of it.”

Although Cromwell (12-4) lost twice to North Branford this week as well, Morello still likes where his team sits with two games left before the Shoreline tournament begins.

“We lost some tough ones and even though we were 2-3 this week, I like where we are as a team,” the coach said. “We need to finish strong (against Hale-Ray and H-K next week) and be ready for what I see as a fun Shoreline tournament. I like our chances.”

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