OXFORD - It was a defensive battle all game long on Thursday afternoon but the St. Paul softball team finally broke through to break the 0-0 tie in the top of the seventh inning and held on to beat Oxford 1-0 on the road.
In a scoreless game, Abby Poirot led off the seventh inning with her second single of the game to get the Falcons going. Two batters later, Katrina Roy drew a walk and another two batters after that, Brigid Johndrow did the same to load the bases with two outs.
Brooke Perez became the game’s hero in her seventh-inning at-bat. She lined a 3-2 pitch into the outfield, allowing Poirot to score for the game’s first and only run.
St. Paul (7-1) held on for the win in the bottom of the seventh thanks in part to pitcher Alessandra Milardo. Pitching the entire game, she picked up four strikeouts, while not issuing a single walks and only surrendering four hits.
Watertown 11, Terryville 10: The Kangaroos had three crooked innings but it was not enough to overcome the Indians’ consistent scoring. Terryville scored three runs in the first, three in the fourth and four in the seventh and racked up 13 hits but Watertown scored at least one run in five of the seven innings, including nine of their 11 runs in the final three innings.
Shawn Fulton led the way for the Kangaroos offense, with two hits (a double and a triple), three RBI and a run scored. Frank Tirino, who suffered the loss on the mound, also had two hits for Terryville, adding a RBI and a run scored. Riley Zappone also had a pair of hits at the plate and scored two runs.
Tolland 9, Bristol Eastern 2: The Lancers ran into a hot team and could not slow it down, as the Eagles earned their sixth win in as many games this season.
Tolland got to Bristol Eastern starter Shane Caron early, hitting him for four runs in the top of the first inning and that was enough to hand him the loss, as the Lancers only mustered two runs in the game.
But that total should have been higher, as the Lancers loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with one out but only plated one run. The second Bristol Eastern run came in the fifth inning on a single by Gary Gagnier.
St. Paul 204, Watertown 216: Ryne Salius led the way as the Falcons maintained their perfect record on the links this season. Salius earned medalist honors with a score of 43 and he and Sam Mazzarelli each had better scores than Watertown’s best golfer.
St. Paul now totes a 4-0 record on the season.
RHAM 6, Bristol Eastern 0: The Sachems dominated all seven matches against the Lancers, dropping just seven games in singles matches and none in doubles.
Amy Bhagalos, playing at No. 1 singles, and Kelly Simpson, playing No. 4 singles, each claimed three games, accounting for most of Bristol Eastern’s game wins. The loss drops the Lancers to 2-1 on the season.
BOYS OUTDOOR TRACK
Sturm Warning: St. Paul’s Christian Sturm has found success in recent meets. At the Bloomfield Invitational on April 8, Sturm won the hammer throw with a meet-record mark of 140-0. Then, at the Manchester meet on Thursday, he tossed a personal best of 154-8.
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