Coginchaug 7, Cromwell 2 >> At Durham, Destiny Helmedach went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored, while winning pitcher Gabby Diaz tossed a three-hitter to lead the No. 2 Blue Devils (16-5) in the SLC quarterfinals on Thursday.
Melissa Grenier, Emily Smith, and Diaz each had two hits and two RBIs for Coginchaug, which hosts Morgan today (2:30 p.m.) in the semifinals.
Panthers senior Taylor Wood tied the game at 2 with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth. But the Blue Devils responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. No. 7 Cromwell is 10-11.
Cromwell 6, Valley Regional 1 >> Senior pitcher Maddy Budzik hurled a five-hitter and Kate Pietraszek blasted a grand slam to lead the host Panthers to their 10th win on Wednesday.
Seniors Taylor Wood, Emma Randazzo and Shelly Delaney, and sophomore Kelsea Coco had two hits apiece for Cromwell (10-10, 8-8 SLC).
Valley Regional 2, Morgan 1 >> At Clinton, senior pitcher Nash Eppard tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts to lift the Warriors in Wednesday’s Shoreline Conference tournament semifinal. Brett Camilleri had an RBI and Arik Sypher doubled and scored a run for No. 3 Valley (16-6). Dylan Ketch had two hits for the second-seeded Huskies (17-5).
Valley faces No. 8 Cromwell in the SLC championship game tonight (7 p.m.) at the Indian River Complex in Clinton.
Cromwell 5, North Branford 1 >> Senior pitcher Aidan Gagnon scattered five hits and struck out four to lift the No. 8 Panthers (12-10) past the fifth-seeded T-Birds (13-9) in the SLC semifinals Wednesday at North Branford. Nick Queiroz paced the Cromwell offense with three hits, while Amir Nitowksi and Luke Matchett each had two hits.
Hamden 4, Mercy 3 >> At Yale, Vidhya Maran and Katie Esposito captured No. 1-2 singles to lead the Green Dragons to a singles sweep and a victory in the SCC Division 2 finals Thursday in New Haven.
Mercy took all three doubles matches behind Kate Hall and Kathryn Hanly, Alex Porczak and Julia Wenceslao, and Isabella Iorio and Julia Pitruzello.
Mercy 4, Jonathan Law 3 >> At Yale, Juliette Piazza and Jenna Ireland earned straight set singles wins to lead the Tigers to a victory in the SCC Division 2 semifinals Wednesday at Yale.
Kate Hall and Kathryn Hanly captured No. 1 doubles in straight sets, while Alex Porczak and Julia Wenceslao took second doubles for the Tigers.
Track and Field
Shoreline Conference Championships >> At Durham, the Old Saybrook boys and girls teams swept the annual SLC championship meet on Wednesday.
Area athletes who earned first place medals included East Hampton’s Austin Kelly (100) and Ehren Meisinger (high jump), and Haddam-Killingworth’s Ben Rakowski (400) and Cameron Garrelts (1600 and 3200) on the boys side, while Coginchaug’s Jessica Drop (800, 1600, and 3200), Megan Decker (200), Allie Alsup (400), and Caitlyn Sibiskie (triple jump), and Haddam-Killingworth’s Carley Moyher (javelin) placed first on the girls side.
Portland 162, Valley Regional 203 >> At Fox Hopyard, medalist Nick Piersall fired a 37 and Drew Tammaro shot a 40 to lead the Highlanders on Wednesday. Jake Patterson shot a 43 for the Warriors.
Coginchaug 168, East Hampton 199 >> At Black Birch, medalist Tyler Woodward fired a 39 to lead the Blue Devils. Alex Basil shot a 43 for the Bellringers.
Mercy 196, Cheshire 219 >> At Lyman Orchards, medalist Praewa Treekul fired a 43 and Alyssa Scandura shot a 48 to lift the Tigers (12-1).