Middletown right-hander Luke Weisenberg pitched a 4-hit shutout and struck out 12 and Corey Turcotte had 3 hits as the Blue Dragons defeated Coginchaug 9-0 Friday night at Pat Kidney Field on Friday night.

Weisenberg’s second straight dominant performance helped Middletown shake off a 2-game losing streak, in which it was outscored 29-1 by Platt and Simsbury.

“We needed this one,” Blue Dragons coach Dan Botti said. “Luke did not have his best stuff, but he still battled and put up great numbers. I’m very happy with how the team responded after two brutal days earlier in the week.”

Brett Herzog and AJ Quinn had 2 hits and 1 RBI apiece as Middletown evened its record at 4-4. Turcotte drove in a run and scored one. Also leading the offense: Travis Newman (RBI double), Kellen McGran (hit, 2 walks, RBI, run) and Frankie Randazzese (hit, run, RBI).

Coginchaug fell to 0-7.

Elsewhere Friday:

Cromwell 11, Portland 1: Junior right-hander Jess Elfreich scattered 6 hits in going the distance and Colby DiMenna was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI to lead the Panthers to their third straight win.

The Highlanders (3-3) scored in the second inning on Kenneth Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly for the early lead.

The Panthers (3-5) plated 3 runs in the fourth and 2 in the fifth, then won going away with a 6-run seventh.

Ethan Went and Matt Potenza hit home runs and DiMenna had a double and triple to power Cromwell’s 11-hit attack. Alex Abdelghany drove in 3 runs and Tyler Bonelli was 2 for 3. Went scored 3 runs.

“We’re finally starting to play well defensively and guys have stepped up at the plate,” Cromwell coach Christian Budzik said.

Coming off a win in relief against Old Lyme, Elfreich walked 2 and struck out 7 for his second victory of the season.

Starter Josh Hanna lasted 4 innings for the Highlanders, allowing 3 runs (none earned) on 3 hits with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. Ethan Wells had 2 hits to lead Portland. Yandel Rivera, Aaron Ciarleglio, Ryan LaPila and Gerry Hall also had Portland’s hits.

SOFTBALL

Coventry 7, Middletown 5: The Blue Dragons’ 6-game winning streak to start the season was halted on the road. Kalia Daniels hit a 2-run home run and Kyleigh Franklin had 3 hits for the Blue Dragons. Middletown had 3 errors and allowed 3 unearned runs.

BOYS TENNIS

Old Lyme 4, Haddam-Killingworth 3

Singles
Eddie White (H-K) def. Micah Bass 6-0, 6-1
Bryce Lieberman (H-K) def. Andy Sicuranza 6-1, 6-0
Leland Hine (OL) def. Joseph Wessinger 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Alis Bicic (OL) def. Chase Smalley 6-2, 7-5
Doubles
Mason Wells & Chris Dagher (OL) def. Ezekiel Stevens & Larson McLaughlin 6-2, 6-0
Adam Livingston & Luke Frolich (H-K) def. James Dahlke & Foster Richardell 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Dylan Paynter & Ryan Olsen (OL) def. Joe Castelli & Thomas Young 6-2, 6-0

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