Berlin scored the winning run with one out in the seventh to beat Middletown 7-6 in a CCC baseball game Wednesday at Sage Park.
Daniel Veleas, Berlin’s No. 2 hitter, had two hits and scored four runs – including the winner – as the Redcoats improved to 5-1.
Middletown (3-4) led 6-3 after four innings, but gave it back in the fifth when Berlin scored three times to tie it.
Ryan Conklin led Middletown with two hits and two runs scored and Kobe Watanabe had a double. Ryan Hurlbert and Noah Valeriano pitched three innings each for the Blue Dragons.
It was a tough day for the Blue Dragons at Sage. Middletown’s softball team took a 3-1 lead into the seventh, but the Redcoats scored three times to walk off with a 4-3 victory.
Niya Earl was the hard-luck loser for Middletown’s softball team. The Blue Dragons fell to 4-4.
“Three out of our four losses we had the lead late in those games,” coach Sal Morello said. “Today is the second game in our last three that we were left on the field after having the lead. We have to learn how to close out games.”
Portland 3, Hale-Ray 2: Portland won its fifth straight game, beating host Hale-Ray and giving coach Rich Borg his 100th victory with the program.
Borg is in his ninth season as coach of the Highlanders, who improved to 7-1 and remained tied with Haddam-Killingworth atop the Shoreline standings.
H-K 9, Coginchaug 2: Jon Civiello drove in five runs to power H-K to a Shoreline win in Higganum.
Civiello also got the win, allowing one run over five innings. Alden Halfinger finished up for the Cougars (7-1).
H-K scored three times in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Mike O’Toole, Luke DiMauro had two hits each for the Cougars.
Connor Rulnick and Chris Onofrio had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils (6-3). Rulnick took the loss.
Cromwell 4, Morgan 1: Tyler Baldwin pitched a complete-game three-hitter and every Panthers hitter reached base in their Shoreline Conference home win over Morgan.
Nick Polizonis doubled for the Panthers (2-6), and Baldwin, Elias DeLeon, Ryan Carroll, Malcolm Mention and Jack Dooley had hits.
Morgan fell to 1-7.
Cromwell 14, Morgan 2: Madison Tessmer and Monica Dewey had three hits apiece and Jenna Masiello and Jamie Anderson each had two as Cromwell routed Morgan 14-2 in a six-inning Shoreline Conference game in Cromwell.
Cassidy Nimmons tripled for the Panthers, who had 16 hits and led 6-0 after two innings. They added three in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Tessmer and Dewey combined for four runs scored as Cromwell (5-2) won for the third time in its last four games.
“We are playing well. You can see the confidence in the players when they play,” Panthers coach Angelo Morello said. “In the past it seemed we were waiting for, ‘OK, when is it going to fall apart for us.’ Now it’s like, ‘let’s put these teams away when we have the opportunity.’”
Kaitlin Snyder was the winning pitcher. Collen Edwards tripled for Morgan (2-7).
Coginchaug 7, H-K 2: Amalia DeMartino had three hits and two RBIs to lead Coginchaug past H-K in a Shoreline game.
Adelle Biondi hit a two-run single in the fifth for H-K (3-4). DeMartino was the starter and winner for Coginchaug (5-2). Kelly Boothroyd came on in relief in the fifth and held the Cougars scoreless the rest of the way.
Cheshire 3, Mercy 2: Cheshire scored the deciding run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh to beat Mercy in an SCC game in Middletown.
Brie Pearson got the win for Cheshire (6-0), allowing both Mercy runs on four hits and striking out 12.
The Rams led 2-0 until the sixth, when the Tigers (3-5) battled back to tie it. Alexa Boone doubled, stole third and scored on Ashley DeLuca’s single, and DeLuca later crossed the palte on an error.
Kelly Smith and Natalie Scotto also had hits for Mercy. Boone went six innings, allowing two of Cheshire’s three hits and striking out six.