Old Saybrook’s Girls Lacrosse, Baseball Squads Advance to Shoreline Finals
The Old Saybrook girls’ lacrosse team advanced to the championship game of the Shoreline Conference Tournament by claiming a victory against Haddam-Killingworth in a semifinal contest last week. The Rams defeated H-K by the score of 16-4 in the conference semis to move on to face North Branford in the final. Old Saybrook, which owns an overall record of 16-1 and has won nine games in a row, will open play in the Class S State Tournament following Shorelines.
The top-seeded Rams hosted No. 4 Haddam-Killingworth in the semifinals of the Shoreline Conference Tournament on May 24 and earned a 16-4 win versus the Cougars. Senior Lily Cody was Old Saybrook’s high scorer by netting 5 goals to go with 2 assists in the victory. Senior Chelsea Heinke scored 4 goals and had 1 assist, while freshman Gretchen Kawecki had 3 goals with 2 assists.
Senior Grace Adams scored 2 goals, and freshman Ayla D’Anna recorded 2 assists for Old Saybrook in the win. Junior Maddie Beaudoin and sophomore Amelia Sigersmith added 1 goal apiece. Senior goalkeeper Samantha Wakelee made 23 saves and also had 1 assist for Head Coach Dick Shriver’s squad. With the victory, Old Saybrook advanced to face North Branford in the final at the Indian River Complex on May 26 (after press time). The game marks a rematch of last year’s Shoreline Conference final that North Branford won by a 9-3 score.
Cody, Wakelee, and Alexa Coty were named to the All-Shoreline Conference First Team on behalf of Old Saybrook this season. Kawecki and senior Lilly Sigersmith made the All-Shoreline Conference Second Team, and Heinke received All-Shoreline Conference Honorable Mention.
The Old Saybrook baseball won its first two games in the Shoreline Conference Tournament to advance to a showdown versus Valley Regional in the title game. Old Saybrook earned victories over Old Lyme and Cromwell in their first two matchups of the Shoreline conference draw, improving the team’s overall record to 16-4 on the season. After Shorelines, the Rams will compete in the Class S State Tournament beginning this week.
On May 23, No. 2 seed Old Saybrook hosted No. 7 Old Lyme in the Shoreline quarterfinals and won the contest by a 10-1 score. Trailing 1-0, Old Saybrook scored 4 runs in the fourth inning, 1 run in the fifth, and 5 runs in the sixth to run away from the Wildcats.
Senior Jake Butler pitched a complete game to lead the Rams to the win. Butler allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks to go with 3 strikeouts in his 7-inning effort. He also had a huge day at the plate by going 4-for-4 with 2 triples, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, and a stolen base.
Senior Nick Rothman went 2-for-3 with a run scored and 2 RBI to aid the Old Saybrook offense. Senior Nick Scalzo was 2-for-3 with a double, a run, an RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Sophomore Connor Lane went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and an RBI; while sophomore Ed Devaney was 1-for-2 with a run scored an 2 RBI for Head Coach Ryan Fraser’s club.
The next day, the Rams took on 6th-seeded Cromwell in the semifinal round of Shorelines and posted a 16-2 victory over the Panthers. Old Saybrook jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning versus Cromwell. Holding a 7-2 advantage entering the sixth, the Rams broke the game open by plating 9 runs in the frame.
Scalzo turned in a 5-for-5 performance with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and an RBI to lead Old Saybrook to the rout. Sophomore Auggie Albert went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 4 RBI in the victory.
Lane went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Rams. Senior Noah Hester was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBI; Devaney went 2-for-4 with a run and 3 RBI; and Rothman went 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, 2 runs scored, and RBI. Senior Noah Grace went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, and an RBI; while Butler was 1-for-5 with 3 runs scored.
Grace got the start and pitched 3 innings for Old Saybrook, allowing 2 unearned runs. Lane came in and tossed 3 scoreless innings of relief with 4 strikeouts. Senior Carson Brown closed out the victory by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
With the win, Old Saybrook advanced to play Valley Regional in the Shoreline Conference final at Palmer Field in Middletown on May 27 (after press time). Old Saybrook defeated Valley a 2-1 score in the team’s regular season meeting on April 18.
The Old Saybrook boys’ golf team hit the links to take part in the Shoreline Conference Championship meet at Stanley Golf Course on May 24. The Rams posted a team score of 365 and finished in seventh place at the league meet. Old Saybrook has a record of 2-10 with one match remaining in its regular season.
Sophomore Drew Kulman led the way for the Rams by carding an 18-hole score of 86 to finish in a tie for 12th place at the Shoreline Championship. Sophomore Rylan Murphy finished in a tie for 26th place by recording a score of 92 on the day. Sophomore Jacob Speed shot a 93 to finish in a tie for 29th place, Sophomore Connor Casella finished in a tie for 33rd place with a score of 94, and junior Adam Dower finished in 46th place with a 113 for Old Saybrook.
The Rams’ girls’ tennis squad saw some athletes compete in the Shoreline Conference tournaments that were hosted in Old Saybrook and Westbrook last week.
Senior Katherine Capuano competed for Old Saybrook in the 1-2 Singles Tournament. Junior Claire Boucher took part in the 3-4 Singles Tournament and won her first match to make it to the quarterfinal round. The Rams’ tandem of senior Hannah Lee and senior Tsering Choedhar earned a victory in their first contest.
The Old Saybrook boys’ tennis team sent a few players to participate in the Shoreline Conference tournaments that were held at Morgan and Old Lyme on May 23 and 24.
Senior Logan Medbury and senior Victor Fuda competed for the Rams in the Shoreline Conference Tournament 1-2 Singles Tournament. Sophomore Daniel Stendl hit the court for Old Saybrook to play in the 3-4 Singles Tournament.
Old Saybrook’s team of junior Michael Kapij and junior Jack Forrestt won their first matchup in the Shoreline Conference Doubles Tournament. The Rams were also represented by the team of senior Zachary Nichols and senior Joseph Maselli.