DURHAM — Mia Poturnicki pitched a complete-game two-hitter Thursday and Emilie Hatje drove in two runs to spark the Coginchaug softball team to a 5-0 victory over Middletown.

Poturnicki allowed a second-inning single to Angelina Vartuli, a third-inning hit to Katelyn Coggshall, walked one and struck out five.

Allison Strang and Hatje hit run-scoring singles in the second inning to put the Blue Devils (4-1) ahead early. Coginchaug tacked on two runs in the fifth, highlighted by Ava Marrena’s RBI triple, to provide Poturnicki with a cushion.

In the sixth, Strang led off with a single and eventually scored on Hatje’s single.

Hatje, the team’s No. 9 hitter, singled in each of her three at-bats. Strang was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, while Marenna and Natalie Ness also scored for the Blue Devils.

Arieliz Perez came on in relief for starter Emily Pulino in Middletown’s game at Coginchaug. (Photo by Paul Augeri)

Emily Pulino and Arieliz Perez split the pitching for Middletown (1-3). The Blue Dragons host Avon on Monday.

Coginchaug meets unbeaten Haddam-Killingworth for the teams’ only regular-season meeting on Monday in Higganum.

In other softball games Thursday:

Cromwell 22, Westbrook/Portland 0: Malena Signorello hit a grand slam and combined with Lily Kenney on a 1-hitter with 7 strikeouts for the Panthers (6-1). Lisa Litevitch had the lone hit for Westbrook/Portland (1-4).


Middletown 7, Rockville 4: Caleb Reed pitched 5 innings for the victory and was 2 for 4 at the plate to lead Middletown to its fourth win in 5 games. With the game tied at 1, the Blue Dragons scored 3 runs in the fifth and 2 in the sixth to pull away. Reed allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits and struck out 6. Luke Weisenberg, the Blue Dragons’ winning pitcher on Wednesday, was 3 for 3 with an RBI double. Eric Wilson had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs, Diego Carrillo doubled, and Ryan Quinn, AJ Quinn and Dan Lapham had singles for Middletown. Justin Almeida got three outs in the sixth after coming on for Reed. Rockville did not bat in the seventh because of inclement weather.

Cromwell 13, Westbrook 0 (6 innings): Connor Slifer’s went 6 no-hit innings, walked 1 and struck out 10 as the Panthers won on the road. Ian McMillan was 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs in a 16-hit Cromwell attack, Colby DiMenna was 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored, Tysen Billings was 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI and Sam Stergos homered for the Panthers (4-2).

Old Lyme 7, Portland 4: Maverick Swaney was the winning pitcher in Old Lyme’s Shoreline Conference game at Portland. Spencer Rosado took the loss for Portland. Mike Quesnel homered for the Highlanders (0-4). Old Lyme is 3-2.

Boys Tennis

Valley Regional 6, Old Saybrook 1
Nic Wyszkowski (VR) def. Logan Medbury 6-0, 6-0
Tomas Dahl (VR) def. Daniel Steindl 6-0, 6-0
Hayden Lombardi (VR) def. Victor Fuda 6-0, 6-1
Valley wins by forfeit
Kaid Matesky and Aiden Garrity (VR) def. Michael Kapij and Brent Ling 6-2, 6-2
Zach Nichols and Joe Maselli (OS) def. Sawyer Joy and Peter Fitton 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Valley wins by forfeit

Boys Golf

Portland 167, North Branford 196
At Portland Golf Course

Editor’s note: Portland Golf Course is sponsoring the site’s coverage of golf this spring.

Medalist: Joe LaMalfa, Portland, 37
Other Portland scorers: Luke Stennett 38, Quinn Lapinski 40, Ben Fecteau 52, Owen Brunk 53
North Branford scorers: Jack O’Brien 49, Dakota Cooper 50, Robert Cappella 47, Blake Pearson 50, Ryan Monde 58
Records: Portland 2-0; North Branford 1-1-1

Haddam-Killingworth 187, Coginchaug 201
At Lyman Orchards Golf Club, Middlefield

Medalist: Colin Murphy, Coginchaug, 1-under 35
Other Coginchaug scorers: A.J. Turman 46, Carson Sewell 53, Malone O’Sullivan 67, Declan Kelly 83
H-K scorers: Andrew Crayton 44, Andrew Fleig 46, Gabe Barile 46, Declan Kessler 51, Jacob Maier 53
Records: H-K 1-1, Coginchaug 1-3

Old Lyme 216, Valley Regional 223
At Black Hall Club, Old Lyme

Medalist: Pat Flanagan, Old Lyme, 43
Other Old Lyme scorers: Andrew Hedberg 52, Evan Montville 58, Manu Geronimo 63
Records: Old Lyme 1-1, Valley Regional 1-2

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