Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Valley Baseball Keeps the Good Times Rolling; Girls’ Lacrosse Squad Improves to 11-0

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Junior Lucas Rogers helped the Warriors earn recent wins versus H-K and Cromwell to raise the team’s record to 10-2 on the season. File photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Courier

Junior Lucas Rogers helped the Warriors earn recent wins versus H-K and Cromwell to raise the team’s record to 10-2 on the season. (File photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Courier)

Baseball

The Valley Regional baseball team hit the field to play two games last week and came away from the slate with a pair of victories to improve to 10-2 in the spring season. The Warriors notched a win over Haddam-Killingworth before defeating Cromwell last week’s contests.

Valley kicked off the week by earning a 13-3 road win over H-K in 6 innings on May 2. Junior Colin Carver picked up the win on the mound and also had a homer and a double at the plate for the Warriors. Senior James Marsden had a home run and a triple with 2 RBI in the victory. Junior Brayden Shea had a single and a double with 2 RBI, junior Jack Finnegan also hit a single with a double with 2 RBI, and fellow junior Lucas Rogers knocked home 2 runs, too, to help Valley win the contest by double digits.

Three days later, the Warriors hosted Cromwell and claimed a 5-2 victory at Valley Regional High School. Valley rallied from a 2-0 deficit to get the victory, scoring 4 runs on 2 hits apiece from junior Braeden Sparaco and Marsden. Sparaco also notched the win on the mound by allowing no earned runs on just 4 hits to go with 10 strikeouts.

Softball

The Valley Regional softball team moved to 5-9 on the season after losing both of its games last week. The Warriors took recent defeats against Haddam-Killingworth and Cromwell.

On May 3, Valley hosted H-K and took a 17-7 defeat to the Cougars. Senior Sammy Pierce went 4-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI; while sophomore Riley Soares was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Warriors. Senior Vivian Paradis went 1-for-4 with 3 RBI, senior Gabi Quinn was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, senior Madison Sheehan went 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored, and junior Anna Benson went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Then on May 5, the Warriors played a road game versus Cromwell and dropped a 4-1 decision to the Panthers. Benson went 2-for-3 with a double in the game. Pierce went 1-for-3 with a double and a run, senior Kenzie Mulé was 1-for-2 with a walk, and Sheehan had an RBI for Valley.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Valley Regional girls’ lacrosse team continued its undefeated season by recording three more victories last week. The Warriors posted wins versus New London, Haddam- Killingworth, and Old Lyme to improve their record to 11-0 on the campaign.

In its first game of the week, the Warriors claimed a 14-3 road victory versus New London on May 2. The next day, Valley hosted H-K defeated the Cougars by the final score of 19-6. Then on May 5, the Warriors hit the road to face Old Lyme and notched an 18-12 victory versus the Wildcats.

Boys’ Lacrosse

The Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team lost both of its two contests last week and is now 5-8 on the season.

On May 3, the Warriors took a 10-3 road loss against Haddam-Killingworth. Two days later, Valley took a 13-6 defeat in a home game versus Old Lyme.

Boys’ Golf

The Valley Regional boys’ golf team played three matches last week and came away with one victory to move to 2-6 on the season. The Warriors earned a win versus East Hampton before taking two losses to close out the week.

Valley Regional earned a 192-269 road victory at East Hampton at Black Birch Golf Course on May 2. The next day, Valley faced East Lyme on the road and took a 179-200 defeat at Old Lyme Country Club.

Valley took a 175-199 home loss to Cromwell at the Black Hall Club in its last match of the week on May 5. Sophomore Tyler Ruel shot a 47 for the Warriors, while junior Kevin King finished with a score of 48. Senior Jake Castellano posted a score of 50, and junior Will Kelly finished with a 54 for Valley.

Girls’ Tennis

The Valley Regional girls’ tennis team improved its record to 10-2 after netting a pair of shutouts last week. The Warriors blanked North Branford and Haddam-Killingworth to reach double-digit victories for the season.

Valley kicked off its week by earning a 7-0 home victory versus North Branford on May 3. Two days later, the Warriors hosted H-K and defeated the Cougars by the score of 7-0.

Girls’ Outdoor Track

The Valley Regional girls’ outdoor track team recently finished its regular season with a record of 5-3. The Warriors posted notable wins over Portland, Westbrook, Hale-Ray, and Morgan during the season.

Some of Valley’s standout performances this year have come from senior Loretta Cecchini (18.7), senior Erin Ward (19.1), and freshman Ceci Wilkens (19.6) in the 110 hurdles; along with Wilkens in the 300 hurdles (55.9); senior Maddie Jacaruso in the 100 (13.5) and 200 (28.19); senior Grace Jacaruso in the 400 (65.4); sophomore Emilee Surber (2:45.1), Grace Jacaruso (2:48), and freshman Holly Board (2:49.4) in the 800; senior Ava Cunningham (6:05), Board (6:09), and Grace Jacaruso in the 1,600 (6:11.2); and Cunningham in the 3,200 (12:40.4).

In field events, impressive performances have been turned in by Cecchini (7-6) and junior Raquel Farray (6-6) in the pole vault, senior Caroline Hutchinson (4-8) and junior Audrey Board (4-8) in the high jump, senior Chase Conrad (75-11) and sophomore Samantha Vile (66-11) in the discus, and Conrad (71-5) in the javelin.

Also of note were Valley’s performances at the 44th annual Hammonasset Freshman Invitational in April. Holly Board placed first in the 1,600 and was fifth in the 800 for the Warriors. Freshman Campbell Massey finished third in the pole vault and was fourth in the 300 hurdles, Ceci Wilkens placed third in the high jump, freshman Delny Marsden finished fifth in the long jump, and the 4x400 relay of Board, Massey, Marsden, and freshman Kendall Costello finished in fifth for Head Coach Chris Allegretti’s squad.

Boys’ Outdoor Track

The Valley Regional boys’ outdoor track team finished out the regular season by earning its first win of the year against Westbrook on May 3. The Warriors are a young squad that is mostly composed of freshmen and sophomores this season.

For the running events, Valley has been led by freshman Liam Sarafin in the 100 (12.2), the 110 hurdles (20.6), and the 300 hurdles (47.6); freshman Kenny Batt in the 800 (2:18.0), sophomore Zachary Scott in the 3,200 (11:43), and senior Connor Lunz in the 100 (12.1) this year. In the field events, outstanding performances have been turned in by Lunz in shot put (40-8) and the discus (126-9), along with sophomore Jack Driscoll in shot put (34-8)

Earlier in the season, freshman Finn Boyles took third place in the triple jump for the Warriors at the 44th annual Hammonasset Freshman Invitational. Sarafin finished fourth in the 300 hurdles, freshman Andrew Thomas placed fifth in the triple jump, and freshman Alex Kruzel-Boxwell competed in the high jump on behalf of Head Coach Kevin Woods’s club.


Chris Piccirillo is the Sports Editor for Zip06. Email Chris at c.piccirillo@shorepublishing.com.

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