North Branford Softball Sees Winning Week; Golf Squad Posts Win Over Valley
The North Branford softball team won two of its three road games last week to level its record at 4-4 on the season. The Thunderbirds notched victories over Old Lyme and Hale-Ray before losing to Coginchaug in last week’s action.
North Branford started off its week by claiming a 4-1 victory at Old Lyme on April 18. Sophomore Kiley Mullins pitched a complete game for the T-Birds, allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 3 walks to go with 9 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched.
Freshman Lexi Falcioni went 2-for-4 with a run scored for North Branford. Sophomore Natalia Lucibello went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and 3 stolen bases; senior Hannah Senerchia was 1-for-4 with a run scored; and sophomore Lindsay Onofrio went 1-for-3 with 2 walks, a run, and 2 stolen bases.
Two days later, the T-Birds posted an 11-1 win at Hale-Ray. Mullins earned another win in the circle by pitching all 7 innings for North Branford, allowing 1 run on 8 hits and 2 walks with 7 strikeouts.
Senior Lauren Ackerman went 3-for-4 with a double, 2 runs, an RBI, and a stolen base for the T-Birds. Mullins went 2-for-3 with a run and 3 RBI in the victory. Onofrio went 1-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI; Falcioni went 1-for-4 with a triple, a run, and an RBI; and Lucibello was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run, and an RBI.
In its last game of the week, North Branford took a 13-5 road loss versus Coginchaug on April 22.
The North Branford boys’ golf team posted a road win over Valley Regional in its lone contest on the greens last week. On April 21, the T-Birds competed against Valley at the Black Hall Club and won the matchup by the score of 173-232 to improve to 2-1-1 this year.
Sophomore Jack O’Brien earned medalist honors by shooting a low score of 38 for North Branford at the match. Senior Dakota Cooper and freshman Robert Cappella both scored a 42, while senior Jalen Rossicone finished with a score of 51 for the Thunderbirds.
The North Branford girls’ lacrosse team split a pair of home games last week and is now 5-2 on the season.
North Branford notched a 16-3 home victory against Morgan on April 19. Sophomore Keana Criscuolo scored 7 goals for the Thunderbirds in the win. Senior Braeden LeBeau had 3 goals with 2 assists, while senior Marissa Raffone scored 1 goal to go with 2 assists.
Junior Mia Park had 1 goal and 1 assist for the T-Birds. Junior Mea Riordan and junior Ashley Manning added 1 goal apiece. Junior Ava Candelora and junior Victoria McDermott each made 3 saves in net.
On April 21, North Branford hosted Valley Regional and took a 15-4 loss to the Warriors. LeBeau had 2 goals and 1 assist for North Branford. Senior Grace Marra and Criscuolo both scored a goal, while senior Mia Oliverio contributed an assist.
The North Branford boys’ lacrosse team took three defeats last week to move to 4-4 on the year.
On April 19, North Branford took a 7-6 lost against Morgan in a road game. Two days later, the T-Birds were back on the road to face Valley Regional and lost the contest by an 11-9 final.
Then on April 23, North Branford hosted Foran for a non-conference game and dropped an 11-7 decision to the Lions. Seniors Jake Saldutti and Joey Marra both scored 2 goals to go with 1 assist for the T-Birds, while junior Jace Kamienski also had 2 goals in the contest. Junior Ian Kamienski scored a goal, and sophomore Luke Blomster had an assist for North Branford.
The North Branford girls’ tennis team won one of its three matches last week to put its record at 2-4 this season.
The T-Birds started up their week by netting a 7-0 shutout at Haddam- Killingworth on April 18. Two days later, North Branford hosted Valley Regional and lost to the Warriors by a 7-0 score. Then on April 22, North Branford was on the road to face Morgan and took a 4-3 loss to the Huskies.