Pictured: Kalia Daniels (center), with teammates Phaedra Roy (left) and Caitlin Burgess, hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning Friday. Daniels beat the throw home with an unorthodox slide, and the three laughed about it.

MIDDLETOWN — Senior Angelina Vartuli and freshman Kyleigh Franklin combined on a one-hitter and Kalia Daniels hit a home run to lead Middletown to its 15th victory of the season, 8-0 over Platt on Friday.

The CCC South win at Hank Hiller Field extended the Blue Dragons’ winning streak to seven. After a three-year stretch of just 19 regular-season wins, Middletown is 15-2 overall heading into the final week of the regular season, with three games on its home fields.

Against Platt, Middletown scored two runs in the first and one in the second before breaking it open with five runs in the fourth.

Daniels circled the bases after driving a ball to deep left field and sliding in to beat the throw to the plate. The senior was 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Vartuli pitched no-hit ball for five innings, walked two and struck out nine. Franklin allowed a hit over the final two innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

Freshman Carly Weisenberg singled, doubled and scored two runs for the Blue Dragons, while Abby Young was 2 for 2 with two RBI. Emma Birdsey also contributed two hits, while Phaedra Roy, Jillian Segal and Caitlin Burgess (one run, one RBI) had one hit each.

Skyler Wisniewski had the only hit for Platt (2-14).

Middletown was coming off its second straight come-from-behind win. Trailing Bristol Central 3-2 on Thursday, the Dragons exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning and prevailed 14-4. On Tuesday, they overcame a three-run deficit to win in nine innings, 5-4 over Berlin.

The Blue Dragons are scheduled to play New Britain on Monday (6 p.m. at Lu Gecewicz Field at the Pat Kidney Sports Complex); Manchester on Wednesday at Hank Hill Fielder; and Morgan on Thursday back at Gecewicz Field.

The Central Connecticut Conference tournament is played the week of May 20. Middletown already has secured a spot in the eight-team field but still vying to host a quarterfinal game.

In other softball action Friday:

Mercy 16, Rockville 0: Maggie Mathews hit 3 doubles and drove in 5 runs and Pip Karch pitched a shutout to lead the Tigers to their 13th win. Ella Barone added 2 hits for Mercy (13-5). Pip Karch was the winning pitcher, striking out 3 and allowing no walks.


Platt 4, Middletown 2: Luke Weisenberg hit a solo home run and singled, but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Dragons to snap what is now an 8-game losing streak. AJ Quinn and Kellen McGran doubled and Corey Turcotte drove in a run for Middletown (4-12). Turcotte pitched a complete game, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits.

Old Saybrook 3, Norwich Free Academy 1: Connor Lane and Vincent Bibisi combined on a no-hitter for the Rams (5-11). Lane pitched 6 innings and allowed an earned run, walked 3 and struck out 14. Bibisi pitched a clean seventh for the save. Lane was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI and Nick Denovellis doubled, singled and drove in a run. Bibisi, Ed Devaney and Auggie Albert also had hits.

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