Pictured: Callen Powers, shown in a game from earlier this season, has recorded five of the Cougars’ 11 wins this season. (Photo by Paul Augeri)
Junior Callen Powers fired a 1-hitter for his fifth win of the season and finished with 11 strikeouts as Haddam-Killingworth beat East Granby 1-0 on Thursday.
“My control felt good today,” said the right-hander, who has committed to the University of Massachusetts. “I came into the game with a solid mindset on just making sure I’m not missing with the fastball and seeing early on in the day what off-speeds felt good and maybe not so good.”
The Cougars scored the game-deciding run in the fourth inning when Declan Christopher crossed on a wild pitch.
Aiden Cosgrove’s leadoff double in the third was the lone hit for East Granby (10-6). Losing pitcher Joe Medieros allowed 3 hits in 6 innings.
Powers said the combination of his fastball and slider and mixing of the two worked well throughout the game.
“I wanted to keep the ball down all day and my defense made a lot of great plays behind me to keep us in the game,” he said.
H-K improved to 11-6 with 3 games left on its regular-season schedule: Saturday at Ellington and Shoreline Conference matchups against Cromwell on Monday at home and Old Lyme on Thursday, also at home.
Elsewhere on the diamond on Thursday:
Old Saybrook 2-13, St. Bernard 1-5: Carson Brown and Connor Lane teamed up for a 4-hit shutout in the opener and Noah Grace pitched 5 innings for the win in the second game. The Rams are 13-4 with just Saturday’s home game against Portland remaining on their regular-season schedule. In Game 1, Brown went 5 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts, while Lane got the final 6 outs out (4 by strikeout) for the save. Jake Butler had 2 of Old Saybrook’s 4 hits and drove in a run, and Nate Rothman had an RBI. In Game 2, Grace (5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 K) and Noah Hester covered the 7 innings, with Hester allowing just 2 hits. Grace was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Hester was 2 for 4 with and an RBI and 2 runs scored. Auggie Albert had another impactful day at the plate with 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Nate Rothman also had 2 hits, an RBI and 2 runs scored; Lane drove in 2 runs; Butler had a hit, RBI and 2 runs scored; and freshman Charlie Carmichael had a hit and 2 runs scored.
Cromwell 168, Haddam-Killingworth 171
At Black Birch Golf Course
Medalist: Jack Wise, Cromwell, 1-over 37
Other Cromwell scorers: Dillon Rozich 39, -Dylan Bathrick 39, Jay Vaughan 53, Zach Kramptiz 53.
H-K scorers: Gabe Barile 41, Andrew Crayton 43, Jacob Maier 43, Declan Kessler 44, Andrew Fleig 45.
Record: H-K 6-3-1 overall, 6-2-1 Shoreline.
Portland 170, Hale-Ray 188
At Tallwood CC, Hebron
Medalist: Luke Stennett, Portland, 1-under 36
Other Portland scorers: Quinn Lapinski 44, Joe Lamalfa 46, Eli Evison 44, Ben Fecteau 54.
Hale-Ray scorers: Luke Karpiej 41, Hunter Rafala 45, Caleb Jessee 50, Joel Kindel 52, Ethan Adams 58.
Old Lyme 15, Norwich Tech 0 (5 innings): Victoria Gage pitched a 3-hitter and struck out 9. Jenna Schauder led the Wildcats (12-4) at the plate with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Also leading the Old Lyme offense: Ava Roth (2 for 2, 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs); Emma Bayor (2 for 3, triple, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI); Anna Eichholz (2 hits, 2 runs scored); and Gage (2 for 4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs).
Old Lyme 7, Portland 0
Charles Hinckley def. Ryan Kerr 6-0, 6-0
Griffin McGlinchey def. Ben McGrew 6-2, 6-0
Will Danes def. Cooper Rettich 6-2, 6-3
Aidan Kerrigan def. Elliott Rowland 6-2, 6-3
Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum & Micah Bass def. Yusuf Kadrich & Patrick May 6-0, 6-3
Mike Klier & Andy Sicuranza win by forfeit
Alis Bicic & Leland Hine win by forfeit
Of note: Old Lyme won its fifth straight match to get into contention for a state tournament berth.
Lauralton Hall 14, Mercy 7: Lily Schoonmaker led the Tigers (4-10) with 5 goals, and Maddy Carbone and Mackenzie Kelly also scored for Mercy. Callia Borkowski had 8 saves in net for Mercy. Charlotte Micherev led Lauralton Hall (7-7) with 5 goals.