BRISTOL - After dropping its first meet of the season 3-4 to Sacred Heart, the St. Paul girls tennis team was looking for some help out of its three doubles teams, who all lost in the first meet.
This around St. Paul got a doubles victory, its first of the season, and it led to a 4-3 victory over Woodland on Thursday afternoon.
Orenda Huang and Lydia Feng topped Woodland’s Morgan Swift and Bayan Galal at the second doubles slot 8-3.
Victoria Kilbourne, Katie Pauloz and Ximena Varela-Marin won their singles matches. Kilbourne topped Amanda Doughney 8-4, Pauloz beat Morgan Stockheimer 8-3 and Varela-Marin came out on top against Rachel Poulos 8-2.
The trio moved to 2-0 on the season individually.
At third singles Caroline Badal dropped her second consecutive match with the 4-8 loss to Kaitlyn Crosby.
St. Paul evens up its record at 1-1 with the win.
Northwest Catholic 6, Bristol Central 1: The Rams’ No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Soucy and Emilie Dube picked up the only point for the home team at Bristol Central, winning 7-5, 6-3.
Also playing well were No. 1 singles player Abby Goralski, who lost 6-2, 6-3; and No. 2 singles player Abby Gorneault, who dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision.
It was the season-opening match for both teams.
St. Paul 12, Waterbury Career Academy 0: In his first varsity start, David Strager pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Falcons to a win at home. Strager allowed only three singles while striking out six over five innings in a game shortened by the new CIAC 10-run rule. Jacob Torres started and took the loss for WCA.
After a scoreless first inning, St Paul got on the board with a single run in the second. Ryan Parent led off the inning with a single, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Cofrancesco.
In the third inning St Paul had timely hits by Walker Sharp, Chris Mills and Sean Crean and took advantage of two walks, a hit batter, an error, and a handful of wild pitches to expand the lead to 8-0. In the following inning, St Paul pushed the lead to a dozen off reliever Andrew Petro, pounding out five hits after Julian Thayer’s leadoff triple.
WCA’s best scoring opportunity came in the fifth when it loaded the bases with one out on Dan Musco’s single, a walk and a hit batter. But Strager bore down to strike out the next two batters and the game was over.
Watertown 11, St. Paul 6: The Falcons won their season opener on the road, although they were officially the home team.
Abby Poirot, who took the pitching loss, and Katrina Roy hit doubles for St. Paul (0-1) and had two hits each, while Bri Catabini tripled for Watertown (1-0).
Southington 7, Bristol Central 0: It was a day to forget for the Rams. The top three singles players couldn’t win a single game in the two sets. Derrick Mensah got two games off the Blue Knights Kevin Chudy in the first set before dropping the second set 0-6.
The Rams fell to 0-1.
“Southington is a great program with a great team,” Bristol Central head coach Jeremy Sloate said. “We took this match as a learning experience and we are focusing on the positives of what transpired throughout. We have some athletes who are still very raw skill-wise and will continue to progress as the year continues.”
Griswold 6, Bristol co-op 2: The offense was limited on both ends but Gabby Abramczyk did her best to keep the Rams in the game, scoring both of Bristol’s goals.
Setting up offense was a challenge for Bristol but it hopes it can have positive takeaways from the loss.
Bristol fell to 0-1.
“They played a very good defensive game and made running any sort of offense very difficult for us,” Bristol head coach Kyle Phelan said. “I was very happy with our girls overall effort and I know we can take this as something to build on. We have a quick turnaround and play again tomorrow night and we’ll be looking to even up our record right away.”
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Bristol Central 89, Plainville 61: Elijah Ortiz won a pair of events, as did Mark Petrosky as the Rams won their debut meet of the season.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Bristol Central 79, Plainville 62: Shy-Ann Whitten won a pair of events, while Paige Hinton, lexandra Sirko, Abigail Calfe, Kaiya Alexander and Desarae Johnson all won individual events for the Rams (1-0).