Pictured: Middletown’s Katie Coggshall (white helmet) was mobbed at home plate after hitting a fourth-inning home run in Wednesday’s win.

MIDDLETOWN — Middletown extended its softball season into the CIAC Class LL quarterfinal round after the No. 2 seed Blue Dragons defeated No. 18 Westhill of Stamford 5-1 at Lu Gecewicz Field.

Katie Coggshall hit the first over-the-fence home run of her varsity career and Angelina Vartuli fired a 5-hitter with 12 strikeouts in Wednesday’s victory.

Middletown will be making its first appearance in a state tournament quarterfinal since 2016 when it hosts No. 7 Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday at Gecewicz Field (1pm).

After Westhill (13-9) left the bases loaded in its first at-bat, the Blue Dragons (21-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the inning off right-hander Brianna Cardona.

Middletown added a run in the second on freshman Carly Weisenberg’s RBI triple to deep left, supplying Vartuli with plenty of lead to work with.

Coggshall took Cardona deep to left-center with two outs in the fourth inning for a 5-0 lead.

Westhill scored its only run (unearned) of the game on a Middletown throwing error in the fifth.

Coggshall was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Caitlin Burgess drove in a run in the first inning and Kyleigh Franklin had a hit and run scored. The Blue Dragons had just 5 hits.

Fairfield Ludlowe advanced with a 4-0 victory over Amity on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mercy advanced to the Class L quarterfinals with a 5-4 win in 8 innings over host East Lyme. The Tigers will be the visiting team in their game Friday against top-seeded Masuk.

BASEBALL

North Branford 7, Morgan 6: The Shoreline Conference champion Thunderbirds scored 3 runs in their last at-bat, stunning No. 13 Morgan in the Class S tournament.

Charlie O’Brien, Jason O’Connor, Matt Scalia, and Yamil Perez had 2 hits each for the No. 4 seed T-Birds (20-5), who will host No. 21 Somers in Saturday’s quarterfinal. Perez and Adam Virginelli drove in 2 runs apiece.

Virginelli pitched 5 innings of relief for the win, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.

Ross Treubig and Dominic Larabee had 2 hits and an RBI each for the Huskies.

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