Class M baseball: Moskey lifts Haddam-Killingworth past Plainfield in 13th, into title game

Haddam-Killingworth DH Joe Aitken slides home safely on Brian Moskey's game-winning double in the top of the 13th. The Cougars beat Plainfield, 7-5 to advance to their fifth state title game in school history.
Derek Turner -- GameTimeCT

NEW BRITAIN>> Haddam-Killingworth coach Mark Brookes has never taken a drink of water during a game. Until now. “I had to in this one,” Brookes said. “It just went too long.” Thirteen innings long. But Brian Moskey has been huge for the Cougars all tournament long. And there was no single moment bigger than when he […]

Class LL baseball: Amity hangs on to beat Simsbury, returns to defend title

BRISTOL >> It will be a rematch to decide the Class LL state baseball championship this weekend. Ross Weiner and Sebastian DiMauro combined on a four-hit shutout as No. 17 seed Amity defeated No. 4 Simsbury 3-0 Tuesday night at Muzzy Field in the LL semifinal round. “We got a real good group here,” DiMauro […]

Class S softball: Sanson’s extra-inning hit delivers Thomaston over Coventry, to first final since 2005

Thomaston's Morgan Sanson runs home, as co-head coach Kelly Finlay celebrates, her game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh. Sanson would win the game with an RBI base hit in the bottom of the ninth.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

STRATFORD >> Down to her last strike with two outs and Golden Bears trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Morgan Sanson connected with an Eileen Zadrozny pitch and set it flying over the center field fence tying the game. Then in the ninth, again with two outs, Sanson stepped to the plate and […]

Class LL softball: Koshes bunts Amity past South Windsor, into state final

Amity's softball team mobs Heather Watt after she scored the winning run in Amity's 2-1 Class LL softball semifinal win over South Windsor (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

WEST HAVEN >>  Amity pitcher Katie Koshes dominated in the circle, but it was her bat that sent the Spartans to the Class LL state championship game. Koshes laid down a bunt with two outs and beat the throw to first, allowing Heather Watt to score the winning run in a 2-1 walk off victory over […]

Class L baseball: Masuk handles Law, reaches first state final since 2008

Masuk celebrates after their 7-2 win over Jonathan Law in the Class L Baseball Semi-Final in Middletown on 6/10/2014. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

MIDDLETOWN >> One loud crack of the bat from Mack Taylor gave Law a first-inning lead in the Class L state semifinals against Masuk. However, that solo home run was as loud as a Law bat would get. Masuk starter Cam Kovachik settled down after the Taylor homer and three errors doomed second-seeded Law as […]

Class L baseball: Notre Dame-WH edges East Lyme to reach title game

Zackary Balabon is congratulated by teammates after scoring in Notre Dame's Class L semifinal victory over East Lyme in Middletown on 6/10/2014. Photo by Arnold Gold / New Haven Register

MIDDLETOWN >> Notre Dame-West Haven lost in the state semifinals last year. The Green Knights’ mission was to get back to the title game. Mission accomplished. In a sloppy game, fourth-seeded Notre Dame outlasted 17th-seeded East Lyme 2-1 in the semifinals Tuesday at Palmer Field. “We knew what the ultimate goal was,” said Notre Dame […]

Class L girls lacrosse: Perticone leads Darien past Cheshire, back to state final

Darien girls lacrosse vs. Cheshire during the 2014 CIAC Class L semifinals (Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

WEST HAVEN >> Entering Tuesday’s Class L state semifinal game, Cheshire coach Dan Warburton was hoping to get a fast start against defending champion Darien. He got his wish. The Rams scored the game’s first two goals. Unfortunately for Cheshire, it held that 2-0 lead when there was still 38 minutes, 43 seconds to go […]

Class LL softball: Friedt, Southington rout Hand; take 41-game win streak into final vs. Amity

Southington celebrates after the final out in its 8-0 victory over Hand in the Class LL state semifinals. 
Peter Hvizdak/Register

WEST HAVEN >> Even with hard-throwing junior pitcher Kendra Friedt in its circle, Southington did not want to settle for one or two runs against Hand in the Class LL state semifinals. So, even after Sydney Ferrante launched a three-run home run over the center field fence for the Lady Knights, Southington coach Davina Hernandez […]

Class M baseball: Grover’s clutch single lifts Rocky Hill over St. Joseph in 12 innings

NEW BRITAIN >> Brandon Grover’s two-out single in the bottom of the 12th lifted Rocky Hill to a 1-0 victory over defending state champion St. Joseph in the Class M semifinals Tuesday night at Beehive Field. The top-seeded Terriers advance to face Haddam-Killingworth, which needed 13 innings to defeat Plainfield 7-5 in the other semifinal […]

Class LL baseball: Southington rallies past Warde, returns to state final

BRISTOL >> Ryan DeAngelo was 3-for-3 with two RBIs as Southington rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat FCIAC champion Fairfield Warde, Southington trailed 4-1 after two innings. But Drew Farkas had three RBIs in the fourth inning during the comeback. He scored the go-ahead run by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning […]

Class S softball: Old Saybrook edges Coginchaug, reaches 1st final since 1989

STRATFORD >> It wasn’t the most conventional way or the Old Saybrook way, but the Rams managed to pull out a 5-4 win over Coginchaug to advance to the Class S finals, while only having one hit in the game. “I’ve been telling them all year, I told them if we put the ball in […]

Class L girls lacrosse: Walker leads Glastonbury past Warde, into state final

Top-seeded Glastonbury defeated Fairfield Warde 13-5 Tuesday in the Class L state girls' lacrosse semifinals.
Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

WEST HAVEN >> Despite the fact the Fairfield Warde girls’ lacrosse team was making its first Class L state semifinal appearance, Glastonbury made sure not to overlook the Mustangs Tuesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium. “You know the reality of the matter is, they’re an FCIAC team,” Glastonbury head coach Kris Cofiell said. “So even […]

Class S baseball: Portland shuts out Trinity, reaches first final since 1988

Portland freshman catcher Roland Thivierge congratulates pitcher Cole Ogorzalek after a 4-0 win over Trinity Catholic in the Class S semifinals. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

BERLIN >> Portland junior pitcher Cole Ogorzalek was speechless. Senior centerfielder Hayden Manning, who made a catch for the ages, didn’t think something like this could happen. And Highlanders coach Rick Borg talked about having lucky charms. If you haven’t guessed by now ….the Portland Highlanders are headed to the Class S state championship game. […]

Class S baseball: Thomaston edges Cromwell, advances to final vs. Portland

The Thomaston Golden Bears celebrate following their 5-4 victory over Cromwell in the Class S semifinals Tuesday night.
Laurie Gaboardi - Register Citizen

BERLIN >> No. 3 Thomaston took it to No. 2 Cromwell, 5-4, in a game that seemed farther apart at the beginning than at the end in a Class S semifinal baseball game at Berlin’s Sage Park. The Panthers were state champions just two years ago, runners-up last year. Their two senior pitchers, lefty Logan […]

Girls golf: Greenwich claims CIAC crown

Catherine McEvoy of Greenwich was the medalist with a 2-under 72, helping the Cardinals win the team championship with a cumulative total of 335 in the CIAC Girls Golf Championship meet Tuesday at Orange Hills Country Club. Berlin, which was the three-time defending champion, placed second at 346, followed by Staples (355) and Avon (368). […]

Big question in today’s CIAC Class L girls lacrosse semis: Can No. 7 Cheshire beat No. 3 Darien?

Heading into the CIAC Class M tournament I anticipated a Cheshire vs. Darien matchup in the semifinals. No. 7 Cheshire faces No. 3 Darien at West Haven High’s Ken Strong Stadium at 5 p.m. today, barring any adverse conditions like rain and lightning.  Below are the two storylines I wrote for each team in the […]

Softball: Sheftz resigns as coach at Masuk

Jacqui Sheftz, who led Masuk to three state championships during her two stints as the Panthers’ head softball coach, has resigned, she confirmed Tuesday. “After conversations dating back as far as February and March, it became crystal clear it was time to move on,” said Sheftz, when reached by phone Tuesday. Sheftz said the entire […]