WOLCOTT - In her first ever game in goal, Maddy Bernier made 14 saves for St. Paul girls lacrosse and the offense supported her, powering the Falcons to a 12-4 win over Wolcott on Wednesday afternoon.
Bernier played lights out against the Eagles and, according to St. Paul coach Travis Church, the Falcons would not have won the game if she had not played as well as she did.
Emma Cretella led St. Paul in scoring, netting four goals. Annie Sullivan scored three, Catherine Campi put in two and Ashley Suzio, Brianna Senese and Maddie Corey each added one apiece. Of the 12 goals, eight of them were scored by sophomores.
Now in its second season competing at the varsity level, St. Paul has now matched its win total from a year ago in just the second game of the season.
Terryville 16, Housatonic Regional 3: Lexie Gonska recorded five RBI and the Terryville softball team scored 12 runs in the first inning on the way to a 16-3 road win Housatonic Regional on Wednesday.
The Kangaroos batted around the order nearly two complete times in the first inning, picking up eight hits. Four of Gonska’s five RBI came in the first when she hit a grand slam in her second at-bat of the inning. Terryville also scored one run in the fifth and the last three in the sixth.
Gonska led the lead in RBI and was second with four hits. Alexandria Michaud had five hits in the game to lead Terryville, while Alycia Calabrese, Maria Cesare, Amy Ieronimo and Dominique Picard each had two hits. Six Terryville batters drew at least one walk and none struck out.
Alexa Nelson got the win in the circle for Terryville, pitching the first four innings. She gave up just two hits, while striking out seven. Calabrese came in in relief to secure the win.
Housatonic scored two runs in the bottom of the firth and another in the bottom of the fifth but the Kangaroos’ huge first inning was too much to overcome.
Middletown 9, Bristol Central 1: The blue Dragons shut the Rams out for four innings, building up a 3-0, and after Bristol Central finally got on the board, they scored six runs over the final two innings to seal the win.
Jenna Ptak continued her strong play so far this season, leading Bristol Central on offense with a home run to score her team’s only run. Kayla Beaulieu also contributed, recording a pair of hits and a stolen base. Ali Holden suffered her second loss in the circle on Wednesday.
The Rams will be back in action on Thursday against Berlin and, according to Bristol Central coach Monica Hayes, they are ready to get back out on the field and try to brush off the loss.
St. Paul 13, Derby 2: The Falcons put together a nine-run fourth inning to break open a 2-1 game against the Red Raiders and coasted to the win.
Abby Poirot made her first start of the season for St. Paul and held Derby to just four hits. On offense, Alessandra Milardo led the way for the Falcons with three hits. St. Paul is now 4-0 on the season.
St. Paul 13, Derby 0: Jack Bator took the mound for the Falcons on Wednesday and did not leave the game until he had the complete-game shutout win. Over seven innings of work, he piled up seven strikeouts, while only giving up three hits and three walks.
In support of their pitcher, the Falcons scored three quick runs in the top of the first inning and piled on later in the game with 10 runs in three innings. Chris Mills and Andrew Owsianko both went 2-for-3 at the plate and recorded five RBI combined.
Three other St. Paul players recorded two hits apiece in the game, either on four or five at-bats. One of those three was Julian Thayer, who finished the game with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.
Bristol Central 15, Middletown 1: After struggling to score against New Britain earlier this week, the Rams offense exploded for a blowout win against the Blue Dragons. Bristol Central took a 12-0 lead over the first five innings and answered Middletown’s one-run bottom of the sixth with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Brock Clark made his return from injury and pitched into the fifth inning, striking out four and giving up two hits. Alex Balfour relieved him and finished the game.
Jacob Santiago paced the Rams on offense, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored. Dathan Hickey and Jalen Dias each recorded three hits and combined for five runs scored. And Noah Plantamuro led Bristol Central with three RBI.
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