STAFFORD - Alessandra Milardo pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the No. 9-seed St. Paul softball team into the quarterfinal round of the Class S state tournament, defeating No. 8 Stafford 7-0 on the road in the second round Wednesday.
The Falcons (18-4) will next play at No. 1 East Granby (21-1) on Friday at 4 p.m.
Yesterday’s game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Abby Poirot tripled to lead off the frame and scored on an RBI single by Katelynn Oullette. Brigid Johndrow followed with another single, and both she and Oullette scored on errors.
The Falcons scored two more runs in the fifth, and another pair in the seventh inning.
Hannah Davis took the loss for Stafford (17-5).
Johndrow had three hits and three RBI in the game; while Poirot, Janessa Gonzalez and Brooke Perez each had two hits.
No. 9 Guilford 7, No. 25 Bristol Central 1: Jacob Santiago gave the Rams a brief lead as he opened the scoring with an RBI in the second inning, but Guilford responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame and went on to claim the Class L second round victory.
Bristol Central (11-11) had nine hits in the game, including multi-hit efforts from Jeremy Ganavage (2-for-4), Kevin White (2-for-4) and Santiago (2-for-3).
Jack Strand got the win for Guilford (16-7), while Alex Balfour took the loss.
It was the final game in a Rams uniform for seniors Ganavage, White, Brock Clark, Mike Lemke, Joshua Bodley, Eric Gaudreau and Ken Knox.
No. 5 Housatonic 6, No. 21 Terryville 3: Zack Harnish hit two home runs and had three RBI for the Kangaroos, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to Housatonic in a game at the Falls Village school.
Terryville (10-12) had just three hits in the game, with Shawn Fulton singling and scoring in the sixth inning on Harnish’s second blast.
Scott Dignacco tossed the complete game for Housatonic (17-5), which advances to play at No. 4 St. Paul (18-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The game was the final one in a Terryville uniform for seniors Fulton, Harnish, John Grimes, Derek Thibodeau, Frank Tirino, Tanner Carone, Adam Sprague, Matt Jobbagy and Brad Kozikowski.
No. 4 Ellington 13, No. 13 St. Paul 1: The Falcons were eliminated in a Class S state tournament first round game in Ellington, finishing with an 8-9 overall record.
It was the final game at St. Paul for graduating seniors Chris Zajac, Chandler Wright, Eric Passeck and Peter Longo.