Haddam-Killingworth scored two runs in the second inning and they held up, and right-hander Jon Civiello notched his fourth win of the season in the Cougars’ 2-1 victory over host Cromwell at Fran Monnes Field on Thursday.
Griffin Izzo and Jon Civiello had RBI singles early for the Cougars (9-1), who are tied with Portland atop the Shoreline Conference baseball standings at the halfway point in the season.
Civiello improved to 4-0 in four innings of work. Alden Halfinger got the save, striking out five in three innings of scoreless relief. Darren Hiller had two hits and scored a run for H-K.
Defending conference champion Cromwell fell to 2-9 after its fifth one-run loss of the season. Malcolm Mention had two hits for the Panthers and Ryan Blaney took the loss.
Valley Regional 6, East Hampton 2: James Marsden pitching 52/3 scoreless innings and Jeff Sypher doubled and scored two runs in Valley’s Shoreline Conference win in East Hampton.
Max Karrenberg had three hits for East Hampton (1-10). Josh Wagner took the loss despite six strong innings in which he allowed five runs, just one earned. He walked two and struck out seven.
Josh Ross was 1 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs for Valley (7-4). Andrew Weyrauch had a hit and RBI for the Bellringers.
Vinal Tech 14, University/Classical 11: Riley McConnell homered and drove in six runs and Vinal rallied with a five-run sixth inning for a big road victory.
McConnell was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Alexandra Henderson had three hits and four runs scored, and Olivia Coffren had three hits and two RBIs to power the Hawks (6-3).
Abigail Young went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs and Stevie Ricci was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Coffren got the win in relief, pitching two innings allowing one run and striking out four.
Middletown 19, Bristol Central 10: Junior Joseph Chiappetta scored eight goals and freshman Dylan Reynolds had four goals and seven assists to help Middletown end a three-game losing streak with its CCC win at Ed Collins Field.
The Blue Dragons (4-4) also got big games from sophomore Liam Ardito (three goals, one assist) and senior Calvin Ponzio (three goals).
Alex Kalber and Matteo Parent also scored and Ian Corvo had three assists.
Bristol Central fell to 2-7.
Portland 168, North Branford 232: The Highlanders’ Bryce Cote took home medalist honors with a 40 at Indian Springs.
Ben Kelley (41), Brian Fickett (43) and Steven Fickett (44) also factored in the scoring for Portland. Dakota Cooper led North Branford’s four with a 41.
Newington 183, Middletown 187: Middletown’s Logan Frame won medalist honors by shooting 37 in a CCC match at the Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards.
Lily Doan (41), Maya Alicki (49) and Kayleigh Hummel also scored for the Blue Dragons (2-3).
Maddy Massaro-Cook shot a team-best 47 for Newington.