Warriors Pick Up Plenty of Victories During Action-Packed Week
The Valley Regional baseball team continued its winning ways by winning all of its four games last week to improve to 14-2 on the season. The Warriors notched victories over Haddam-Killingworth, East Hampton, Canton, and Woodstock Academy in last week’s action.
Valley started off the week by claiming a 9-1 win versus Haddam- Killingworth in a home game on May 9. Colin Carver picked up the victory on the mound by tossing 6 strong innings in which he allowed just 3 hits. Carver struck out 4, walked 4, and gave up 1 earned run in the winning effort. Sam Hutchinson came on to pitch the seventh inning and finished off the win.
Carver also had a big day at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. Hutchinson had a single and a double with an RBI, and Brayden Shea hit 2 singles for the Warriors. Reed Beighau hit a big two-run single that broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning.
Two days later, the Warriors were on the road to face East Hampton and defeated the Bellringers by a 4-0 score. Sparaco pitched 6.1 innings to get the win for Valley Regional, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 12. Senior James Marsden retired the last 2 batters of the game for the save. Carver had 2 hits, and Shea produced 2 RBI to pace the Warriors’ offense.
The next day, Valley hosted Canton and recorded a 10-0 shutout. Marsden got the win on the hill by pitching 4.2 innings for the Warriors, giving up 4 hits and striking out 8. He also had a double and a triple with an RBI. Hutchinson hit 3 triples and had 3 RBI for Valley Regional. Junior Mason Erwin had 2 hits with 2 RBI in the win.
The Warriors closed out their week by earning a 7-5 win versus Woodstock Academy at Valley Regional High School on May 14. Junior Henry Breckenfeld notched the win on the hill by pitching 3.2 innings for Valley, allowing 1 run on 5 hits. Carver recorded a 4-out save to slam the door for the Warriors. Hutchinson and Carver both hit home runs for Valley, while Marsden collected 3 hits in the victory.
The Valley Regional softball team played three home games last week and came away with two victories to boost its record to 7-10 this season. The Warriors took a loss to North Branford before defeating Windsor Locks and East Hampton in recent action.
On May 9, Valley took a 5-1 loss against North Branford in a home game. Junior Anna Benson pitched a complete game for the Warriors, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out 10 batters. Senior Cede Pino drew a walk and scored Valley’s lone run of the contest.
Two days later, the Warriors hosted Windsor Locks and posted a 4-0 shutout over the Raiders. Benson tossed a four-hit shutout to lead Valley to the win, allowing just 1 walk and striking out 8 for the game.
Senior Abby Amara went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored, while senior Sammy Pierce was 2-for-3 with a double and 1 run scored. Senior Kenzie Mulé went 1-for-2 with a walk and 2 RBI in the victory. Senior Vivian Paradis went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Benson was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Valley finished up its week by hosting East Hampton on May 14. The Warriors claimed a 6-1 win against the Bellringers in the Saturday afternoon matchup. Benson threw a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts to lead Valley to the victory. She also went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Pierce blasted a pair of homers to highlight a day in which she went 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 6 RBI, accounting for all of the Warriors’ runs. Amara went 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored, while Paradis was 1-for-4 with a run.
The Valley Regional girls’ lacrosse team improved to 13-0 this season by claiming victory in two home games last week. The Warriors earned a win versus Morgan before defeating New London in last week’s action.
Valley began the week by earning a 19-6 home win against Morgan on May 10. Senior Emi Bisson scored 6 goals and had 4 assists for the Warriors. Sophomore Rowan Pilon scored 4 goals to go with 1 assist, and freshman Lilly Lavigne had 2 goals and 2 assists.
Senior Madison Neviaser netted 3 goals for Valley in the victory. Senior Leah Frantz scored 2 goals, while senior Salmi Miller and senior Grace Haskins added 1 goal apiece.
Two days later, the Warriors hosted non-conference opponent New London and claimed an 18-3 win against the Whalers. Bisson scored 3 goals and had 5 assists, and Frantz also scored 3 goals for Valley Regional. Senior Jordan Harris, Miller, Haskins, and Pilon all scored 2 goals in the win. Senior Sage Lepore and Neviaser both had 1 goal and 1 assist. Senior Margaret Jacaruso and junior Grace Abderhalden each scored 1 goal for the Warriors.
Valley had capped off the previous week’s action with an 18-12 road win versus Old Lyme on May 5. Bisson scored 8 goals to go with 2 assists, and Pilon scored 7 goals in the victory. Lavigne scored 2 goals, Neviaser had 1 goal with 1 assist, Frantz and Miller both scored a goal, and sophomore Olivia Cunningham had an assist.
The Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team competed against Morgan in its lone matchup of the week. The Warriors took an 8-7 loss to the Huskies on May 10 to move to 5-9 for the season.
The Valley Regional girls’ tennis team stands at 10-2 after splitting a pair of recent matchups.
On May 10, the Warriors took a 4-3 home loss versus Cromwell. Two days later, Valley hosted Morgan and defeated the Huskies by a 5-2 final.
The Valley Regional boys’ golf team took a few defeats in last week’s action.
Valley took a 188-205 defeat versus Haddam-Killingworth in a road match at Black Birch Golf Course on May 10. The next day, the Warriors hosted Hale-Ray and lost the contest by the score of 186-209. Sophomore Tyler Ruel posted Valley’s low score on the day by carding a 48 for the round. Senior Jake Castellano and junior Kevin King both shot a 50, while senior Riley Dickson finished with a 61.
Then on May 12, Valley competed against Montville in a road meet at Norwich Golf Course. The Warriors finished with a score of 198 and took a loss to Montville (173) in the matchup.
Girls’ Outdoor Track
The Valley Regional girls’ outdoor track team was represented by some competitors when the Marty Roberts Invitational took place at Coginchaug High School on May 7. Valley saw a strong showing that featured a few point-scoring performances and a handful of personal-best marks at the invitational.
Senior Maddie Jacaruso finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 29.5 seconds for the Warriors in the meet. Senior Grace Jacaruso took sixth place in the 400 by running a time of 1:05.35. Fellow senior Chase Conrad claimed seventh place in the discus with a toss of 71 feet for Valley Regional.
Freshman Lily Belcher put forth personal-best performances in the 100 (14.89) and the long jump (13-2) for the Warriors. Also recording personal bests were sophomore Emilee Surber in the 800 (2:44.54) and freshman Holly Board in the 1,600 (6:05.33).
Boys’ Outdoor Track
The Valley Regional boys’ outdoor track team sent several athletes to compete in the Marty Roberts Invitational at Coginchaug High School on May 7. On a cold and rainy day, several members of the team turned in outstanding performances at the meet.
Valley’s 4x800 relay team of sophomore Sam Kehlenbach, freshman Lyle Pitman, sophomore Avi Siegel, and sophomore Zach Scott finished in seventh place at the invitational. The Warriors’ quartet recorded a time of 10:55.64 on their way to placing seventh.
The Warriors saw a few underclassmen set personal-best marks in the meet. Freshman Finn Boyles set a personal best in the triple jump (29-11.5), freshman Alex Kruzell-Boxwell posted a personal best in the long jump (13-11), Pitman ran a personal- best time in the 800 (2:44.45), and Kehlenbach posted a personal-best throw for the javelin (71-3).