Old Lyme’s softball offense erupted Monday against one of the Shoreline Conference’s top pitchers as the Wildcats advanced in the league tournament with a 13-1 win over Cromwell in six innings.
Victoria Gage was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and Ava Roth doubled twice and also drove in four runs to power the fifth-seeded Wildcats (13-6), who advance to play No. 1 Haddam-Killingworth in the semifinals Tuesday in Higganum (4pm).
Cromwell sophomore Lily Kenney, who’s won 13 games this season, took the loss. Old Lyme’s six, seven and eight batters were 7 for 13 with two sacrifice bunts and its two, three and four hitters had six hits in eight at-bats.
Old Lyme’s Emma Bayor contributed three hits and scored two runs and Alison Ward was 2 for 2 with two runs scored.
Gage was the winning pitcher. She allowed a run, walked one and struck out six.
The Panthers are 13-6.
H-K defeated Old Saybrook 8-0 at home in their quarterfinal as starter Bella Richwine and reliever Kaleigh Bodak combined on a three-hitter. Richwine allowed two singles and struck out seven and Bodak got the final six outs while surrendering one hit.
Cheyanne LaTouche led the Cougars’ offense with a triple, double, RBI and two runs scored. Ellie Frith had a single and double and drove in two runs and Ivy McNiel had a RBI double and sac fly.
Mackenna Cook had two hits for Old Saybrook (5-14).
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HK 150 011 x–8 10 1
Batteries: OS–Julia Dwire and Ella Hagerstown; HK–Bella Richwine, Kaleigh Bodak (6) and Madison LaTouche. WP: Richwine; LP: Dwire.
Coginchaug 11, Valley Regional 0
Amalia DeMartino threw a three-hit complete game shutout, with 9 strikeouts, and also helped her cause by going 2 for 4 with a double, triple, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Coginchaug had 12 total hits, with five other players collecting 2 each including Dana Boothroyd with a double and RBI, Kelly Boothroyd with a double and 3 RBIs, Ava Marenna with a double and triple, Allison Strang with a double and 2 RBIs, and Natalie Ness with a triple.
North Branford 13, Hale-Ray 1
Erica Piercey had 2 hits and drove in 4 runs, and Jada Miconi, Gianne Depino and Lindsay Onofrio had 2 hits apiece in the Thunderbirds’ Shoreline quarterfinal win.
Bella Hills was the winning pitcher and Hanna Senerchia scored 4 runs as North Branford advances to Tuesday’s semifinals against Coginchaug in Durham.
Shelton 3, Mercy 2 (8 innings)
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S 100 000 11–3 3 0
Batteries: M–Alexa Boone and Sophia Engels; S–J. Krijgsman and J. Jenco; WP: Krijgsman; LP: Boone.
Highlights: Shelton scored on an error in the seventh and won it in the eighth to advance to the semifinals of the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament. Boone allowed just 3 hits and one earned run, walked 6 and struck out 13. Ashley DeLuca, Boone, Katelyn Bailey and Ava Chrostowski had 2 hits each for the Tigers. Records: Mercy 12-7; Shelton 15-4.