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Article Published April 14, 2019
Yellowjackets’ Softball Earns First Two Victories; Golf Starts Strong on the Links
PJ Foti, Sports Writer

Softball

The East Haven softball squad won two of its three contests last week to improve to 2-3 this season. After taking a loss against West Haven, the Yellowjackets rebounded by posting back-to-back victories versus Lyman Hall and Sheehan later in the week.

On April 9, East Haven dropped a 9-5 decision to West Haven, which scored six runs in the fourth inning to come away with the win. Freshman Emilee Bishop came on to pitch in relief for the Yellowjackets, allowing just one hit and striking out four over three innings. At the plate, junior Becky Flynn and senior Jaime Gallo each had two hits, sophomore Brooke Clancy hit a double, and sophomore Tori Heaphy hit a home run for East Haven.

The next day, East Haven went up against Lyman Hall and squeaked out an 11-10 victory. Gallo slugged a pair of home runs for the Easties, who also saw sophomore Sammie Franceschi, freshman Magdalena Barthel, and Clancy all hit one home run. Clancy finished the day with three hits and three RBI, while Franceschi and Barthel both had a double and drove in two runs. Heaphy was the winning pitcher after allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts in her two innings of relief.

East Haven finished its week by posting an 18-6 blowout versus Sheehan in its first SCC Housatonic matchup of the season on April 12. Heaphy pitched a complete game and struck out five to earn the victory on the mound. The Yellowjackets continued to produce at the plate as Franceschi, Barthel, and Flynn each hit a home run to go with three RBI apiece. Clancy had three hits with two RBI and two runs scored, senior Selena DeFelice scored three runs, and junior Stephanie Sorrentino hit a triple for Head Coach Ed Crisafi’s club.

Golf

East Haven hit the links for the first time this spring last week. The Yellowjackets posted three victories and came away from the week with a record of 3-2.

On April 9, the Easties competed in a tri-match at Alling Memorial Golf Club, where they took a 172-186 loss against North Haven and defeated Cross by the score of 186-242. For the round, senior Jon Moscato shot a 42, junior Logan Hamilton shot a 43, freshman Norah Rome finished with a 48, and sophomore Andrew Zito posted a round of 53.

The next day, East Haven shot a team score of 205 to defeat Cross (246) and Hillhouse (248), while losing against Wilcox Tech (188). Moscato led the way again by scoring a 43 for East Haven. Hamilton shot a 53, junior Alexis Pendziwater finished with a score of 56, and Rome also turned in a 56 for the Yellowjackets.

Girls’ Tennis

The Yellowjackets moved to 3-3 on the year winning one of their three matches last week.

East Haven took a 6-1 defeat versus Lyman Hall on April 9. Senior captain Jenna Pane earned a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 1 singles match for the Easties.

East Haven came back to get a 7-0 win against Career the following afternoon. Pane prevailed 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles; senior Mikayla Raffone earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles; freshman Linette Gonzalez claimed a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles; and sophomore Doreen Alberino won by a 6-0, 6-1 score at No. 4 singles for the Yellowjackets. On the doubles court, East Haven’s No. 1 team of juniors Kayla Vernon and Riya Patel claimed a 6-3, 6-1 win; the No. 2 team of senior Brianna Green and sophomore Siya Patel notched a 6-3, 6-1 victory; and the No. 3 team of sophomores Emily Sortito and Areona Henderson earned a 6-0, 6-1 win to complete the sweep.

To wrap up the week, North Haven defeated East Haven 7-0 on April 11.

Boys’ Tennis

East Haven took three recent defeats and is 0-6 this season.

On April 9, East Haven lost to Hamden by a 5-2 score. Matt Gaudioso recorded a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 victory in the No. 3 singles match for the Yellowjackets. In doubles, East Haven’s No. 1 pairing of senior captain Joe Brown and sophomore Matt DiVito gutted out a 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-1 win.

Two days later, East Haven took a 6-1 defeat at Lyman Hall. Gaudioso won his match by the score of 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

On April 12, the Yellowjackets took a 7-0 loss versus Amity.