Championship Bling (A Series): East Haven’s Class L Softball Banner

East Haven's 2015 Class L Softball Championship banner.

East Haven won its first softball championship since 1984 two weeks ago, and the town wasted no time in getting their victors some spoils. The East Haven Board of Education recognized the team Tuesday night for its 4-2 upset of Fitch in the Class L championship game. The East Haven softball team had been pushing for a […]

Here’s the CIAC’s official Spring Sports championship recap video

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The CIAC today released a comprehensive highlight video of all the spring sports state championships via the coverage of NFHS Network and CPTV Sports. It features 21 events, from track, to tennis, volleyball, softball, lacrosse and baseball. It’s 22 minutes of bliss. Related: The Top 25 Moments from Spring Championship Weekend.

Derek’s picks: Best games of the 2015 spring season

East Catholic's Logan Greene connects for his sixth inning home run, the first of three for the Eagles in the inning, vs. North Branford in the Class M quarterfinals on Friday at Jim Penders Field. Derek Turner-GameTimeCT

After a wild and wacky spring championship weekend, it’s time for another episode of Derek’s picks. This is where Derek Turner picks some of the top games he saw during the season. They don’t have to be game he wrote about, but they have to have been seen with his own two eyes (or four […]

The 2015 CHSCA All-State Softball Team

Seymour's Raeanne Geffert pitches vs. Oxford in the NVL title game Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association recently announced its All-State teams in softball. They are: CLASS LL Jenna DiLorenzo,  Amity Katie Koshes, Amity Casey Harding, Cheshire Mackenzie Juodaitis, Cheshire Olivia Odermatt, Cheshire Noelle Daley, Danbury Mel Rennie, Hand Erika Osherow, Darien Madison DeRita, Mercy Jazanyia Irizarry, New Britain Olivia Burgos, Newington Emily Woznick, Newtown Megan […]

The Top 25 Moments From Spring Championship Weekend

Top 25 Moments

We spent 36 hours following the fine work of NFHSNetwork and CPTV Sports, who brought to you, live, ALL of the CIAC spring state championships. Here are the top moments we managed to capture on Vine throughout the weekend. With so many games going on simultaneously, it was impossible to keep track of it all. If […]

Softball Notebook: East Haven joins some elite company, Southington perfect

East Haven vs. Fitch in the Class L State Softball Championship on 6/12/2015.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

East Haven has reached at least the state quarterfinals the last four seasons. This year, the Easties capped that run by capturing the Class L title over previously unbeaten Fitch 4-2 on Friday night. It was the second championship for East Haven (19-7), and first since 1984. The Easties were making their second straight trip […]

Pooch’s Final Top 10 Softball Ballot

Here’s the ballot I submitted for the Final 2015 Softball Top 10 Poll. The poll will be released later tonight on-line at and it will appear in Monday’s New Haven Register. Southington Cheshire Oxford St. Joseph East Haven Fitch South Windsor Stamford Darien Amity Lauralton Hall Holy Cross Seymour Rocky Hill Sheehan

2015 Spring State Championship Scoreboard, Story Links

The Amity Spartans Baseball team celebrates its "Three-Peat" Class LL win over Staples of Westport Saturday at Palmer field in Middletown. (Photo John Vanacore)

Baseball CLASS LL Amity 8, Staples 1   CLASS L North Haven 3, East Lyme 2   CLASS M Sheehan 5, Montville 0   CLASS S Northwest Catholic 5, Morgan 1   Softball CLASS LL Southington 5, Cheshire 4   CLASS L East Haven 4, Fitch 2   CLASS M Oxford 4, St. Joseph 0   CLASS S Holy Cross 4, Thomaston 0 […]

Class LL Softball: Southington rallies past Cheshire, walks off with third-straight title

Southington's Bella Russo celebrates following her walk-off in the seventh inning, give the Lady Knights a 5-4 victory over the Cheshire Rams, clinching their third championship title in the Class LL state championship, Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2015 at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

STRATFORD >>  Another state championship final. Another heart-stopping finish for Southington. Senior Bella Russo scored on an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the top-seeded Lady Knights walked off with a 5-4 victory over Cheshire in the Class LL state softball championship game Saturday at DeLuca Field. It was […]

Friday’s Star: Zach Hart, Sheehan baseball; vote for Saturday’s State Championship Star of the Day

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Friday’s Star Zach Hart, Sheehan baseball: Pitched three innings of one-hit relief for the win and added an RBI double as Sheehan beat Montville 5-0 for the Class M state title. Vote for Saturday’s Championship Star of the Day until 9 p.m. Monday.

Class S softball: Lawton, Holy Cross end Thomaston’s win streak, claim championship

Holy Cross celebrates it's 4-0 Class S championship victory over Thomaston in West Haven Saturday (Photo Peter Wallace)

WEST HAVEN >> Holy Cross softball broke through a 23-year dry spell for a 4-0 win over defending champion Thomaston in the Class S state final at West Haven Saturday afternoon. “Right after our Senior Night, I knew it would be a great postseason,” first-year head coach Megan Dwyer said. “The girls really came together […]

Live Blog: The 2015 CIAC Softball Championships

Members of the East Haven softball team celebrate the 5th inning homerun by Julia SanGiovanni(#30) during East Haven's win over Nonnewaug to gain a berth to the State Class L softball final.

Follow our live Twitter feed from the CIAC state championship softball games at DeLuca Field and Biondi Field beginning Friday night with Class L and Class M and continuing Saturday with afternoon games in Class S and Class LL. You can also watch a live feed via the NFHS Network (subscription required) Spring Championship Scoreboard, Schedule FRIDAY […]

Class L Softball: East Haven knocks off Fitch, claims first state title since 1984

East Haven leaps onto home celebrates after defeating Fitch in the Class L softball championship on 6/12/2015. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

WEST HAVEN >> Allie Luzzi provided the spark, Giovanna Russo came through in the clutch yet again and Laura Anderson pitched arguably the game of her career. That added up to a 4-2 victory for the East Haven softball team over previously unbeaten Fitch in the Class L state championship game before an estimated 800 […]

Class M softball: Guillette, Oxford top St. Joseph for second state championship

Oxford defeated St. Joseph, 4-0, to win the Class M state title Friday in front of 1,500 fans at DeLuca Field. Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

STRATFORD >> For five innings the pitcher’s duel between Oxford’s Ashley Guillette and St. Joseph’s Nicole Williams was as good as it gets on the biggest stage of the season. Guillette entered Friday’s Class M state championship game on the heels of back-to-back no hitters, including a perfect game against Rocky Hill in the quarterfinals, […]

Wednesday’s star: Mike DeRosa, North Haven; vote for Friday’s Star of the Day

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Wednesday’s Star Mike DeRosa, North Haven baseball: Had two doubles in a 7-2 Class L semifinal victory over Windsor. Vote for Friday’s State of the Day until 9 p.m. Saturday

Class LL Softball: Cheshire on the verge of its first state title

Pitcher Mackenzie Juodaitis and Cheshire are one victory away from winning its first state championship.
Catherine Avalone/Register

There’s 11 seniors on the Cheshire softball roster. Winning a state championship would be the ultimate parting gift. It would also be historic. The second-seeded Rams (23-2) seek their first state title when it faces No. 1 Southington (23-0) for the Class LL title Saturday at 3 p.m. at DeLuca Field in Stratford. Cheshire has […]

Softball: State championship preview capsules

Caroline Taber and Fitch take on East Haven to decide the Class L champion on Friday.
John Vanacore/For the Register

CLASS LL No. 1 Southington vs. No. 2 Cheshire When: Saturday, 3 p.m. Where: DeLuca Field, Stratford WATCH LIVE: NFHS Network (subscription required) Records: Southington 23-0; Cheshire 23-2 Championship game appearances: Southington — 21 (16-4, last title in 2014); Cheshire — 5 (0-4, last appearance in 1995). Players to watch: Southington — Kendra Friedt, Sr., […]

Class L Softball: East Haven looks to complete its mission

East Haven celebrates during its Class L state semifinals win over Nonnewaug. East Haven faces Fitch for the title on Friday.
John Vanacore/For the Register

EAST HAVEN >> It’s become common to see East Haven make a lengthy run in the state tournament. But the ultimate prize is still yet to be won. The tenth-seeded Easties are appearing in a state final for the second consecutive year and can capture their first championship since 1984 when they face unbeaten Fitch, […]

Class S Softball: 10-run fifth propels Thomaston over Hale Ray, back to title game

Thomaston pitcher Morgan Sanson started slow, then limited Hale-Ray to five hits in the Golden Bear semifinal win Wednesday evening at West Haven High School. Peter Wallace photo

WEST HAVEN >> It’s No. 2 Thomaston against No. 5 Holy Cross for the CIAC Class S softball state title Saturday at 1 p.m. at West Haven. Holy Cross put away No. 1 East Granby 2-0 in an efficient hour and 10 minutes in the first game of a semifinal doubleheader Wednesday at West Haven […]