BRISTOL - Alessandra Milardo pitched a two-hitter while going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI at the plate as the No. 9-seed St. Paul softball team advanced to the second round of the CIAC Class S state tournament with an 8-1 victory over No. 24 St. Bernard in Tuesday’s first round contest.
The only hits and run for St. Bernard (9-12) came in the seventh inning.
In addition to Milardo, Lindsey O’Bright, Brooke Perez and Katelynn Oullette doubled for St. Paul (17-4), while Jessica Persechino hit a triple.
St. Paul advances to play at No. 8 Stafford (17-4) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
No. 29 Wilton 5, No. 4 Bristol Eastern 1: After an outstanding regular season, the Lancers were stunned by visiting Wilton in a Class LL state tournament first round game.
Erin Girard took the loss for Bristol Eastern (18-3), while Kate Shouvlin was the winner for Wilton (9-12).
The Lancers matched Wilton’s five hits in the game, but the visitors played flawless in the field, while Eastern committed four errors.
It was the final game in a Lancers uniform for seniors Jillian Maghini, Makenzie Jankowski, Nicole D’Amato, Lexie Mastroianni and Mikayla Martin.
No. 25 Bristol Central 16, No. 8 Platt Tech 1: The Rams had to travel to Milford, but easily overcame a traditionally weak tech school to advance into the second round of the Class L state tournament.
The Rams (11-10) plated five in the second inning and eight in the fourth to take command early as Platt Tech (14-7) was held to just three hits.
Ken Knox pitched the first six innings for the win, allowing one unearned run on two hits.
Jeremy Ganavage went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base; Jaylen Dias was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI; and Dathan Hickey went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Bristol Central advances to play at No. 9 Guilford (14-7) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
No. 21 Terryville 2, No. 12 East Granby 1: The Kangaroos were another area team that had to travel to earn a victory in the first round of state tournament play, scoring a pair of third inning runs for the win at East Granby High in the Class S bracket.
Derek Thibodeau earned the win for Terryville (10-11), allowing just three hits and recording seven strikeouts. Nathan Langmeier took the loss for East Granby (12-9), despite allowing just four hits.
Shawn Fulton and John Grimes drove in Terryville’s runs, with Fulton and Riley Zappone scoring.
Terryville advances to play at No. 5 Housatonic (16-5) in the second round on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
No. 14 New Canaan 7, No. 19 Bristol Eastern 2: The Lancers fell in the first round of the Class L tournament at Mead Field in New Canaan.
New Canaan (14-8) took a quick 3-0 lead off Bristol Eastern pitcher Zach Marquis in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Robby Jones doubled to deep right center and scored when Nathaniel Bozzella followed with a single to right, Bozzella taking second on the throw home. Matt Burger then grounded a single through the right side, scoring Bozzella with the second Rams run. Burger stole second, and came in to score the third run on a Lancers infield error.
Eastern (11-10) scored single runs in the second and third to cut the lead to 3-2. In the second, Marquis walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Shawn Savoir delivered a two-out single to right center. In the third inning, Gary Gagnier doubled to right center and scored when MacGregor Goulet followed with a single to left.
New Canaan then scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead, scoring on three Lancer errors, a walk, and an RBI single by Jones - a UConn-bound senior who had two doubles, a single, a walk, scored a run and drove in a run.
In the sixth, a single by Lucian Tamburro, a walk, a strikeout for the first out, a wild pitch to advance the runners, an intentional pass to Jones to load the bases, then a sacrifice fly by Bozzella and an infield single by Burger scored the final two runs for the Rams.
Marquis pitched the complete game and took the loss, finishing with a 5-2 record. He gave up eight hits, four earned runs, walked three and struck out six. Eastern had only five hits in the game, only two singles after the third inning. The Lancers committed five errors.
It was the final game for Eastern seniors Marquis, Gagnier, Jake Violette, Anthony Lozier, Mike Massarelli, Shawn Savoir, Matt Thornton, Ethan Pearson and Ethan O’Day.
Jones, a senior left-hander, pitched the first six innings for New Canaan, allowing four hits and two earned runs, walking three and striking out seven.
No. 4 St. Paul 5, No. 29 St. Bernard 0: The Falcons advanced into the second round of the Class S state tournament with a victory at home.
St. Paul (17-4) will host No. 20 Immaculate (10-11) today at 3:30 p.m.